Planning an Argument
An argument mediates among many concerns: the knowledge, interest, opinions and position of the author--as well as that of the audience--and the language, style and organizational expectations of the discipline in which it is based. Each of these concerns is an individual element contributing to the overall context.
Before beginning to construct an argument, it's a good idea to answer a few self-directed questions about these contextual elements. For instance, questions about:
- Your Audience
- Your Issue or Topic
- Your Presentation