You are tormented by the task in the classroom because you do not know how to make an argumentative theme: maybe it is the first time you do it or even though it is not the first time you are assigned to it, it is the first time in which you have to see yourself and write a theme without plagiarized. How to write and how to start? It is nothing impossible, we say it immediately, and you will see it with the lineup and the advice that we will propose in this special. Obviously it is not very easy and that is why you will have to pay attention to the different tips we will give you. But let’s get right to the point.
To make a good argumentative topic you must first read the trace well and understand what it asks of you: a rather frequent error and not at all trivial is to get lost in a thousand thoughts and periods without centering the point and sometimes even going off track. Read carefully what is asked for and do not underestimate any trace because even those that are apparently easy could be misleading. But if you want to make a perfect argumentative theme or almost there are other tips to follow.
It is also necessary to know how to start an argumentative theme and this is possible only by searching for the keywords in the track you have chosen: after having read it carefully, focus your attention on the most important words and write them on a sheet or in any case keep them in mind when you go to write the lineup. Recalling these words (and above all the concepts they express) will allow you not to exhaust the ideas and above all to order them. All clear?
Theses and antithesis in an argumentative theme
Ok, reading the track and searching for keywords but now how do you have to go on to make a good argumentative theme? No anxieties, no worries. The argument is based on an argument and this is important to understand: you will have to talk about a certain topic by exposing your ideas in relation to a certain track. Therefore bring out not only the main thesis but also the antithesis when you think it is necessary (it almost always is) and remember that your synthesis, that is to say your opinion, is necessary (whether you disagree or agree) ).
For example: if the topic asks you to talk about vegetarian and vegan diets, you will first have to present it and then summarize the data you have at your disposal (in two or three lines, for example, say who are vegetarians and who are vegans). Immediately afterwards you will have to explain which are the theses of vegans and vegetarians, that is, why they follow this lifestyle, and propose the antithesis of omnivores.
All this you will obviously have to do with the right rigor and without letting your opinion distort objective data (eg if it is known that the meat industry inevitably damages the environment it is useless for you to write that it does not because it would be a content error rather serious). Once you have exposed your thesis and antithesis, you can continue your topic with the synthesis (even if your idea is already understood when you have presented vegetarians and vegans and in the way you did).
Now we see a scheme that summarizes how to make an argumentative topic before offering you examples of themes that will certainly come in handy.
How to make an argumentative theme: rules to follow
- Read the trace well and identify the key words to understand what to develop during the theme;
- Make the line of argumentation topic taking into consideration the key words;
- Write the introduction of the theme by reviewing what is written in the track or proceeding in another way but without losing too much time;
- Write the thesis and the antithesis of the argumentative theme without proposing objective data in a biased way, that is wrong, only because influenced by your vision of things;
- Proceed with the synthesis of the topic and have your idea clearly understood;
- Write the conclusion of the argumentative topic in a manner consistent with what is written.
How to start writing an argumentative topic
Two clarifications on the scheme: we write an argumentative theme as if it were a normal theme, so what we have already written about the correct drafting of a theme in general applies to this type of paper. We refer to the introduction to be precise: if nothing comes to mind, you can very well resume the track, as we have told you. Let’s take a concrete example; below you will find a trace (A) and the corresponding introduction (B) on it traced:
- (A) Considering a value and not a problem or an obstacle diversity could be the keystone for most of the problems that afflict the world today. Discuss this thesis with appropriate examples.
- (B) It is almost never considered a value, yet what we call diversity is neither a problem nor an obstacle: on the contrary it is a source of change and individual and social enrichment which, considered in this way, could contribute to the elimination of problems such as discrimination, wars and more.
In this way you would undoubtedly trace the trace and the teacher certainly could not criticize you. If you have other ideas instead, prefer those: it is always better to give the idea of being original.
When to write thesis and antithesis of an argumentative theme
The second clarification concerns the thesis and the antithesis. We have told you that you have to write first one and then the other one and then get to the synthesis but nobody forbids you to base your theme on the antithesis, that is to say on a way of thinking different from that of the track, to then propose the thesis and finally to the synthesis. In writing this guide on how to make an argumentative theme, we want to give you some tips, but don’t bind yourself to a list of things to do: be creative and write what you want, always being careful however to let the thesis and antithesis emerge when it is necessary and not just the one or the other. Argue well and the high vote will be assured (errors permitting).
Finally, here is a list of argumentative themes developed to be taken as an example to learn how to write a text of this kind.
- Argumentative themes developed: list
- Bullying and cyberbullying;
- Gay families and the difference between the family of yesterday and the family of today;
- Environmental pollution;
- Terrorism and coexistence between Islam and other religions.
You have read this guide how to make a good argumentative topic and surely (at least we hope so) you will have understood something more about the work required (the search for sources and information is obviously the basis of everything); if you have other doubts take a look at these other themes or write us in the Comments section: we will try to help you immediately and as best we can.