Developing an Argument


Understand how to build a strong and logical argument


Choose a motion or topic of interest and develop an argument around it.

Follow these steps:

  1. Identify your assertion - Clearly state your position or claim on the motion.
  2. Gather evidence - Conduct research to find supporting evidence that validates your assertion. Remember to use reliable and diverse sources.
  3. Develop your reasoning - Connect your assertion to the evidence by explaining the logical progression of your argument.
  4. Anticipate counterarguments - Consider possible objections or opposing viewpoints and prepare rebuttals to strengthen your argument.

Example - "This house believes smartphones should be banned in schools."

  • Assertion - Smartphones should be banned in schools to minimize distractions and promote focused learning.
  • Reasoning - Studies show that smartphone use in classrooms leads to reduced attention spans, decreased academic performance, and increased instances of cyberbullying. By eliminating smartphones, students can concentrate better and engage more effectively with their education.
  • Evidence - Cite research studies, statistics, and real-life examples that support the negative impact of smartphones on learning environments.
  • Counter Arguments - Address potential counterarguments, such as the educational benefits of smartphone use or the need for digital literacy skills, and provide counterpoints to refute them.