…cite experts who agree with you

You want to make ample use of examples andillustrations along the way, bringing your proposition to life before theaudience, painting word-pictures so that they can see, hear and feel whatyou are advancing to them.

…claim to be an expert if you’re not one

Sign up for our  and get five new Student Opinion questions delivered to you every week.

Arts and Media: TV, Music, Video Games and Literature

In my opinion, the work of these college activists is impressive, but we need to do more. I also agree with the college activists saying that colleges and high schools are falling short in educating students about sexual assaults since most young adults are defending the rapists of this case. Also many people are tweeting to the victim that she “ruined their life” when the rapist ruined their own life. “Rape is not a recreational activity. We, as a society, have an obligation to do more to educate our young people about rape. They need to know that it is a horrible crime of violence. And it is simply not ok.” Stated Ohio attorney of the Steubenville case Dr. DeWine.

…provide facts, evidence, and statistics to support your position

Sexual Violence against Young Women
According to American Medical Association, Sexual violence and rape are considered the most under reported violent crime. In the Steubenville case 2 high school football players were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. After being found guilty of raping and sending nude images of the girl around, 1 boy got 1 year in juvenile jail and the other boy got 2 years. After the case one of the boys apologized to the victims family stating “No pictures should have been sent around, let alone ever taken.” The fact that the 2 high school boys raped and took pictures shows that we as a society are not teaching the effects and consequences of rape to young adults. According to an article in the New York Times, “the judge of the case noted that the boys could have had far worse punishments and said that this was a cautionary lesson.” The fact that the judge is giving them a cautionary lesson astounds me. Rape is rape and no matter what age the rapists are the consequences should be served based on the crime not their age.

So skim the list below to think about the topic you’d most like to take on.

Regarding the section on Gender Issues:

In this sentence, seems to modify . Since breath cannot jog, the sentence should be rewritten so that the subject is placed immediately after the modifier or added to the dangling phrase.

The argument also consists of an introduction, body andconclusion.

You know what I mean." If the evidence presented is relevant to theassertion being made and if they are acceptable to the audience hearingthe assertion put forth, then the debater will have met that commitmentto rationality.With this in mind, the person about to engage in debate will always takecare to assess not only the assertion being made, but the audience towhom that claim is being presented.

For more information, here are links to our , a  from that contest and a related .

The conclusion closes the essay and tries to close the issue.

One cannot debate the fact that the Chicago Bulls won threeconsecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from1991-1993 or that Evander Holyfield, while losing his heavyweightchampion of the world title to Riddick Bowe in 1992 was able to regainthe title 11 months later in 1993 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.Those are indisputable facts.

…use weak qualifiers like “I believe,” “I feel,” or “I think”—just tell us!

Introductions are very important.

In addition to varying sentence structure, consider varying the types of sentences you are using in a report or other workplace document. Most sentences are declarative, but a carefully placed question, exclamation, or command can pique colleagues’ interest, even if the subject material is fairly dry. Imagine that you are writing a budget analysis. Beginning your report with a rhetorical question, such as “Where is our money going?” or “How can we increase sales?” encourages people to continue reading to find out the answers. Although they should be used sparingly in academic and professional writing, questions or commands are effective rhetorical devices.

…assume the audience will agree with you about any aspect of your argument

Many students find it difficult to write a conclusion.

But if youhave failed to take into account the nature of the audience listening toyour assertion, then there is a great likelihood that your argument willfall upon deaf ears.