Find an Issue Make a list of possible issues. Select a possible issue. Read about your issue.
Analyze your Potential Readers What do your readers likely know about the issue? What views do your readers likely have about the issue? Do your readers likely agree or disagree with your position? If they disagree, why exactly do they disagree?
Develop Reasons and Write a Working Thesis Take a definite position. Develop reasons by considering whether you can argue from a definition, compare or contrast, consider good and bad effects, or refute objections. Support your reasons by making observations and finding facts, statistics, and statements from authorities. Write a working thesis.
Write a Draft Introduce the issue and give the necessary background. Think about how readers will view you, the writer. If you argue from a definition, set out the criteria.
Write a draft (continued) Avoid fallacies. Address opposing views. Make counterarguments if necessary. Conclude with strength. Choose a title that will interest your readers.
Revise, Revise, Revise Check that your position argument fulfills the assignment. Make sure that your claim is arguable and focused. Add additional evidence where reasons need more support
Examine the organization. Review the visual presentation. Proofread carefully. Make sure your finished writing meets all the formatting requirements.