Building an argument: reflection

time to complete: 20-30 minutes

Now have a look at an essay you’ve written recently. Read your essay and think about the following questions:

Note: It is also a good idea to examine each paragraph in great detail and notice the vocabulary you used to build your argument and show the overall organisation of the paragraph as well as relationships between your sentences.

To sum up...

In this lesson, you learnt that building an argument includes the following elements:

  • analysing your essay title/question
  • having a thesis statement that addresses your essay title/question
  • outlining your ideas so you can have a clear idea of how your paragraphs link to your thesis statement/essay question and to each other
  • building your argument/outline by using your sources
  • making sure you add critical comments on your sources
  • making sure that the structure of your paragraphs reinforces your argument