The argument paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis. A thesis is an argument concerning an issue. It clearly states the author’s perception. Your paper should present your beliefs or conclusions related to the topic. The thesis should be supported by at least five key points.
Your paper should be APA formatted throughout, including a reference page. (more than seven reference citations)
- Select an issue or dilemma of interest.
- Review the pertinent literature.
- Decide on your perception; take a stance.
- Articulate your perception in a thesis statement.
- Summarize the issues; demonstrate an understanding of the controversy.
- Defend/argue in favor of your perception using all resources available.
- Finish with a strong summary statement that reinforces your thesis.
Argument papers that demonstrate critical thinking and analysis include components such as:
1. identification of assumptions
2. assessment of available data or evidence
3. presentation of perspectives
4. drawing of conclusions
5. discussion of potential or actual implications
6. listing of consequences