Planning an Argument

Organize by Pros and Cons

Since there are at least two sides to an argument, you can begin by organizing a simple list of pros and cons: all the reasons for, and all the reasons against, the position you are going to argue.

Organize this list from strongest to weakest, for and against. Shuffle them around:

Choose the strongest reasons for your position, the facts which back them up, and the one or two best-known arguments against-those that you know you will need to refute-and start designing the order in which to argue.

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