Chapter 8

Inventing Arguments

In Unit 3, your focus will shift from describing and analyzing other people’s viewpoints on the controversy you have chosen to constructing your own. But first, you will need to decide what you want to argue.

Brainstorming Argumentation

Chapter 8 introduces six common arguments you can make. These are induction, analogy, difference, correlation, definition, and causation.

Generally, you will select the argument (or arguments) that best support the larger claim you want to make. Completing the attached worksheet will help you decide how each argument type can bolster your principal claim.

Writing Analogies

Many writers struggle to write convincing analogies. Writability and Buttle College offer some useful advice.

You may also enjoy reading some examples of analogies gone terribly wrong