Making an argument and persuading your reader

Your reader • What does 'argument' mean? • How students define 'argument' in their subjects • Developing a thesis statement • Working from first thoughts • Making an argument by anticipating questions and objections • Making an argument by looking at two opposing versions • Persuading the reader

I can't do argument - I'm not the arguing type.

They are always telling me I have to get an argument but they don't explain how to do it.

What do they mean by an 'argument' anyway?

* This chapter draws on ideas and material from the thinking writing website at Queen Mary, University of London, (http://www.thinkingwriting.qmul.ac.uk/ getstart.htm/ (accessed 7/7/07) and on helpful conversations with Sally Mitchell, co-coordinator of the Thinking Writing Programme.

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