Drafting an Argument

When an Audience Partially Disagrees...

When an audience partially disagrees with your position, the best strategy still looks a great deal like when they completely disagree: convincing them that their reasoning is faulty before presenting your own position.

Introduction: States the issue to be addressed and why it is important.
Body of Argument: Examines positions already proposed and refutes each one, showing why they are inadequate. Typically organized like this.
  • Position 1
  • Your refutation of position 1
  • Position 2
  • Your refutation of position 2
Alternatively, all positions might be examined first and then refuted second.
  • Position 1
  • Position 2
  • Your refutation of position 1
  • Your refutation of position 2
Position Statement: Introduced as the only logical choice after the positions your audience finds most persuasive are shown to be inadequate.
Presentation of Evidence: Supports your position as not only reasonable, but the best one available as well.
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