What is an argumentative essay on a scientific topic?

An argumentative essay is considered a form of persuasion where one tries to convince another to agree with their position on a topic.  An argumentative essay on a scientific topic is where a writer will pick a topic in the science field, state their position on how to address the science topic, and try to persuade the reader to agree with their position.  A good example of an argumentative essay on a scientific topic would be “The Pros and Cons of Children Receiving Vaccines.”

How to write an argumentative essay on a scientific topic?

Here are the main parts of an argumentative essay on a scientific topic:

  • The Introduction: The Introduction will state the hypothesis (science question to be proven or disproven), give a brief description of the topic for the essay, and a brief description of the main points regarding one’s position on the hypothesis.
  • The Body: The Body discusses one’s position on the hypothesis. Each main point of one’s position is discussed in a separate paragraph, and provides evidence, relevant information, and important facts to support one’s argument.
  • The Conclusion: The Conclusion reiterates the purpose and hypothesis of the essay, gives a summary of the main points of one’s argument, states one’s conclusion in a clear and concise way, states the reasons for the particular conclusion, and provides suggestions for further research on the scientific topic.

Some pointers on how to write an argumentative essay on a scientific topic

Here are some good pointers on writing an argumentative essay on a scientific topic:

  • Pick a topic in the science field that is current and relevant.
  • Make sure to structure the essay in a way that provides a good argument on the topic.
  • Complete an outline before the essay is written.  The outline should include a brief description of the following parts of the essay: Introduction - state the hypothesis and one’s position on the topic, Body - state the main points on one’s position, and Conclusion – rephrases the hypothesis and rephrase the main points.
  • Ensure that there is good research, data, facts, and information to support the position on the scientific topic.
  •  Stay centered on the topic and provide enough proof to support the argument.

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