As in any essay, the first paragraph of your argument essay should introduce the topic with a brief explanation of your topic, some background information, and a thesis statement.
In this case, your thesis is a statement of your position on a specific controversial topic.
Avoid emotional language that can sound irrational.
Know the difference between a logical conclusion and an emotional point of view.
Ultimately, determine your side of the argument and make sure you can back up your point of view with reasoning and evidence.
Work against the opposing point of view and prove why your stance is correct.
At the very least, use this final paragraph or two as an opportunity to restate your position as the most sensible one.
When writing your essay, consider these tips to help craft the most rational and poignant argument for your readers.
After describing the "other" side, present your own viewpoint and then provide evidence to show why your position is the correct one.
Work to discredit the other side using some of the information you discovered in your research.