Writer's Studio

Developing an Argument

 Argue by definition

Key terms need to be understood and accepted by your audience.  Definition provides a yardstick for evaluation.

 Attribute characteristics

  • Analyze parts
  • Compare and contrast
  • Give specific examples
  • State the function

 Argue from cause and effect

  • X will lead to the following consequence(s) because _______.

Argue from comparison

  • Things that are alike in some significant respects may be alike in other respects.

Argue from evidence

  • Reports
  • Statistics
  • Expert opinion

Argue through refutation and/or rebuttal

  • Offer evidence or argument that exposes logical flaws (refutation), provides contradictory evidence (refutation), or offers new evidence (rebuttal).