How to Write a 5 Paragraph Argumentative Essay

Argumentative essays present both sides of an issue, but the writer works to persuade readers to see things from their perspective. This means if you choose a topic with two sides and you have a position on one, you need to get readers to understand why, while presenting evidence from both sides. There are so many topics people tend to have mixed feelings about. It is important to understand the significance of the essay and your topic. The following points provide basic insight on how to write your argumentative essay.

  • Select a debatable topic. When presenting your argument your topic should be something people will have something to say no matter what their position is. You want to select a topic that is common enough for others to identify with. Yet, the topic can have an element of surprise or something appealing others may find interesting.
  • Review both sides and choose your position. You selected your topic for a reason. It is more than likely you already have a position selected. Yet, you need to think about why you feel the way you do about it and how to defend your position.
  • Research your topic for evidence. When you collect research you will provide data for both sides of the topic. The evidence for your position should be strong enough to stand on its own. Be selective of the information you choose but make sure it is logic within reason.
  • Start writing. Your position on the subject is your thesis statement. Share both sides of the issue. Defend your side of the subject matter with strong evidence. You can make an outline to sort discussion points and then write your rough draft based on information you have.
  • Revise, proofread and edit. Read over your essay and make sure information included defends your argument accurately. Look for mistakes and typos within your content.

What You Should Know about Your Paragraphs and Organizational Structure

Your first paragraph will be your introduction. This will have background details about your topic and your thesis statement (main argument). The next three paragraphs will each have one point that supports your thesis. You will provide information on both sides of the issue to help readers understand where you stand. The conclusion is the last paragraph that restates your thesis or position.