Planning an Argument

Organize by 'Because' Statements

This is a simple way to outline the essential reasons for taking or defending a position. Make a list of answers that satisfy the question around which your position is focused. For instance, a list of "because" statements for the claim "Grades should be abolished in non-major courses" might look like this:

Do you see how easy it will be to turn this list into sections of an argument? Each "because" statement becomes a sub-claim, or section, that can be connected logically to each other. If properly supported, with credible evidence, each can contribute to a persuasive argument with which to convince your audience that your position is the correct one.

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