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Constructing a Valid Argument

By: Elsa Yang

If you know me, you would know that I am a horrible person at constructing arguments, but ever since I learned these few tips, I’ve actually gotten much better at this! 

My number one tip is to construct an argument that actually rests on a solid foundation. You have to back up your argument! This means making sure that the argument actually makes sense and has an argument to support and prove it. Go into the source you are constructing an argument on and find valid pieces of evidence that supports your claim.

My next tip is to not generalize your statements. If you don’t know what generalization means, according to Journey North, generation is: “A generalization is a broad statement that applies to many examples. A generalization is formed from several examples or facts and what they have in common. Readers recognize and evaluate generalizations made by an author. Readers make and support their own generalizations based on reading a selection.” Do not try to generalize in your essay and actually take thought into what you’re saying.

My last tip is to consider points of the other side. This may sound strange but it actually helps you and gives you more thought into the argument! It could also provide a counterpoint and a rebuttal for your essay as well. It may not seem like it, but it’s very important.

I hope these tips helped you write and construct a valid argument!

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