Argumentative essays are based on one’s ability to show that his/her assertion, opinion, theory, hypothesis or thesis statement about a phenomenon is correct or truthful. It is an attempt to convince others through piece of writing or written evidence about your assertion, opinion, theory, hypothesis or thesis. This is not an easy skill to acquire most people have natural talent to argue and convince others but many fails to do so.
Thus argumentative writing is an act of forming reasons, making inductions, drawing conclusions and applying them to the case in discussion. It is basically a process that clearly explains a person’s reasoning from the known or assumed to the unknown. Without reasoning or argument, there is only an assertion and it is an attempt to prove it to be true. It is done in the following manner:
- Begin with a thesis statement of assertion, its significance, relevance and timeliness in relation to the phenomenon/phenomena under discussion.
- Critically review the literature about that phenomenon/phenomena.
- Prove that the assertion is better than others including methods that were used to collect and accumulate data to be explained.
- Finally edit and revise to be sure that the critical process of argument has been applied precisely and that the writer is confident that there is no commission of errors in the reasoning by the writer.