How to Write an Effective Argumentative Essay
On March 6, 2017, a group of college students gathered in the dormitory of a nearby college to discuss how to write a persuasive essay.
One student, who wished to remain anonymous, shared his thesis defense and a strategy for how to overcome the fear that people would reject his arguments if they had been presented to him in a traditional setting.
After a brief discussion, the group decided to take the case to a judge.
The student’s thesis defense was rejected.
It was the first time in his college career that he had ever been rejected for his thesis.
He was not the only student to face this issue.
A few weeks earlier, a student at a nearby school was similarly rejected for her thesis.
When students and faculty from a nearby public university shared their experiences with such cases, they quickly discovered that the problem of rejection could be compounded by the students’ own assumptions about what makes for a persuasive argument.
For instance, the students who had rejected the student had also rejected him in front of other students.
The students had assumed that he was a dishonest person who would lie to his peers in order to get a higher grade or that he would do so in order not to lose his job.
As a result, they had created an unrealistic and unfounded belief about the validity of his thesis, which had created a situation in which they could not have been believed in the first place.
This article was originally published on the Conversation.ca blog.
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