How to Choose a Position for an Argument Essay
What do you need to find a position and defend it?
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss some tips on how to choose a position for an argument essay.Choose your topic carefully. Your position must be arguable. There must be people out there who would oppose you. There should be research, easily found. And ask yourself some questions: Who would oppose me and why? Choose a topic of value to you.You need to choose something that's beyond interesting or just for a grade. You need to choose something that you are personally invested in. You'll be spending hours working on this argument and this essay, so be sure it means something. Sure, there are fascinating topics out there, such as predictive mathematics. But if you're not interested in math, or sociology, then this may not be the argument for you.Choose a position for which you can put together a logical and complete argument. Perhaps you have no strong feelings or no idea what you'd like to argue. Choose something that has logical points that you may be graded on. Find something that you can follow from beginning to end and argue successfully.Locate research and support. You'll never be able to find a position and defend it if you don't have the proper statistics, evidence, or proper research to back you up. And when you're doing that research, seek out reliable and respected research in the field of study. For instance, if you're defending a position or argument about the field of cloning, you'll want to seek out journals of science, or perhaps turn to the New England Journal of Medicine.Research opposing views. Although you're trying to support your own position, your own argument, you'll need to do almost the same amount of research about the opposing views. You don't want anyone to find flaws in your argument. If they do find a flaw, you'll want to have the support, the research, to give back an answer.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.