How to Write a Causal Argument Paper

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An causal argument essay uses reasoning, questions, resources and inductive thinking in order to present a conclusion to an argument. It should begin with a statement of the writer's view or theory about an argument. A causal argument paper should not be based solely on the author’s opinion, but must include research and resources to back up the writer's position.

1 Being asked to write an argument essay

Why are you being asked to write an argument essay? Decide on the topic and and the goal of writing the essay. The answers to these questions will become your thesis for the paper.

2 Your position on the argument

Determine why your position on the argument is more valuable than other theories and positions. This will also be a part of your thesis and opening paragraph.

3 Write out your arguments for the topic

Write out your arguments for the topic. Continue by supplying any supporting evidence. For instance, if you are writing an argument on why drilling for oil is bad for the environment, then state statistics that show how oil has destroyed the environment, such as in the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

4 Establish your evidence

Establish why your evidence is more credible than any other evidence. It is important to have reliable resources in order to make the reader agree with your argument and theory. Some examples of credible resources come from government or educational sites.

5 Include six parts to your casual argumentative paper

Include six parts to your casual argumentative paper. These sections are an introduction, ways the problem has been addressed in the past, the social and political consequences of the problem, what will happen if the problem is not solved, facts that back up your argument, and a summary, which concludes the paper with a rephrasing of main ideas and the thesis statement.

Based in Las Vegas, Jody Wilber has been freelance writing since 2004. Her articles have appeared in "Christianity Today," "The Upper Room" and "The Review Journal." She is formally a high-school English and journalism teacher. She graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to achieve her Master in Education from Sierra Nevada College.