How does your academic discipline expect you to state your position? Must you begin with it or can it wait till the end? Must it answer a research question or can you simply take and explore a stance? What kind of introduction is expected? Must you be completely objective? How should you present evidence? What documentation style should you use? What about organization? Are there disciplinary conventions to follow? What are they? Is personal experience acceptable? Are emotional appeals credible? Must you provide a literature review?