Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that states the point you will discuss.
Include quotes, examples, anecdotes or lines of argument from your research to support each point, and explain how each piece of evidence contributes to your position.
Writers can also use quotations from respected sources as a method to convince readers of their point.
Statistics are also a good way to convince readers of opinions, as they can be used when they support a viewpoint.
Avoid simply reading sources that support your own opinions.
If your position changes in light of your research, that’s OK.
Social, school or local issues are ideal topic choices.
Read a variety of credible perspectives to expand your understanding of the debate.
For example, if an opponent states that animal research is regulated to protect animals, explain why the regulations are insufficient and illustrate how they continue to suffer.
By the time you get to your conclusion, your argument is complete.