Planning Process of Constructing Arguments
After you have interpreted the question, you need to develop your ideas and work out a plan which you will execute when writing your essay.
Your plan will enable you to structure your argument, making it both logical and cohesive.
Question into Planning
Your plan must address each aspect of the question.
This may seem obvious but it requires your diligence.
Ensure that you use keywords from the question in both your plan and in your writing; this indicates which aspect of each point is addressing the question.
- Consider all potential answers and evaluate which are the best ones.
- Group ideas to avoid repetition and strengthen your argument.
Take some time to consider your response. You should try to:
- Develop three or four main ideas.
- Find key pieces of evidence to use in your answer.
- Arrange your main ideas.
Having main points which are strong and clear, will give your answer cohesion.
By combining keywords of the question with your definition, you also ensure that your argument matches the aim of the question.
Your main points will indicate the purpose and relevance of your answer.
Finding Main Points
Pick ideas which have a strong connection to the question.
Group them with any similar points that are related to it. Once you have about three main ideas, disregard the rest.
You don’t want to be filling your essay with unnecessary ideas or tangents.
Focus on finding some proof
Once you’ve worked out what your argument is going to do, focus on finding some evidence from stimulus or research to support your answer.
Finding proof is essential in planning, especially as it will allow you to change an idea if your evidence is weak.