How to Write an Argumentative Statement?
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Hi, I'm Will and today for About.com we're going to learn how to write an argumentative statement.Argumentative suggests debate. A strong argumentative statement will introduce an issue where people can take different positions. Debate topics are usually posed as simple questions. Something like – Should Major League Baseball allow female players? – is a good example of a strong topic question.We can make a clear case for both sides. Women compete with men on many levels of sports. But aspects of professional baseball are dangerous and require strength and stature. We want to avoid loaded or leading questions like, "Isn't professional baseball too dangerous for women?"The next step is to do research. We want to find out as much about this topic as possible. A good sign that you have a strong argumentative statement is that you can find plenty of views to support either side.Writing is a process. First write your draft to reflect the position you're taking. And then in three bullet points, explain why. I say three because people have short attention spans and usually to make an effective argument you are going to want to have a clearly focused thesis and then three points that illustrate or support your claim. Next, we want to edit our statement. I think all writing should be edited on three levels. The first level is the level of content. Do I have all of the strong arguments in here that I need to have in here? Have I discarded any weak arguments or have I been able to condense arguments together?Next, we want to consider our sentences. Sentences are the building blocks of any piece of writing. In our second edit we want to make sure that each and everyone of our sentences can stand alone.Next, edit on the level of the word. Go through and access each and every word that you've used in your argumentative statement. You can easily eliminate things like "that," and "so" and "however." A good rule of thumb is to imagine you have to pay a dollar for every word that you used.Thanks for watching and for information, please go to About.com.