When we prepare an argument, there are several things we consider.
We can critically analyze our own ideas and the ideas of others to weigh evidence and claims and make judgments about them.
We examine our methods of thinking and investigating.
We present our ideas effectively and persuasively.
Writing an effective argument follows certain steps:
Introduce your argument by setting the context. Your introduction should draw your reader into your subject and build common ground for your argument.
Clarify the issues; explain why the topic is important.
Following these steps can make getting started less overwhelming and give you a sense of direction for the first draft.