ENC 1102 Position Argument
The purpose of this essay is to give you the opportunity to practice developing and constructing a written argument in the Aristotelian or Classical style. First, you will explore several viewpoints and perspectives on a controversial issue in order to determine your own position. Second, you will articulate your position and support it with specific and credible evidence that appeals to readers’ logic and emotion. Third, you will present, respect, and also rebut major opposing viewpoints.
Characteristics of a Position Argument
A successful argument will do the following:
Assert a clear and specific claim (one’s position on the issue) early in the essay—usually the last sentence of the introduction;
Present substantive and specific evidence in support of the claim (affirmation);
Effectively integrates quotations and evidence from secondary sources in the presentation of all viewpoints.
Maintain a respectful tone in addressing opposing viewpoints;
Analyze the flaws in the evidence for the opposing argument in order to reveal its weaknesses (refutation/rebuttal);
Depend largely on third-person point of view although can selectively use first-person at key moments in the argument;
Reinforce the claim in the conclusion.
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