How to Write an Argumentative Essay Introduction without an Example

How do you write an argumentative essay introduction without an example? With care, for sure. Traditional essays will require you to present information showing you have done the research needed to come to a valid thesis. An argument is typically presented to support your thesis. Presenting a counter argument shows creativity and a refreshing take on the conventional structure most argumentative essays use.

Counterarguments can actually strengthen your argument. But let’s check out what a solid argument needs to show:

  • Anatomy Of An Argument
  • Detail your research
  • What do you intend to prove?
  • Can you prove your thesis to be true?

Arguments are solid, and there should be no argument there (sorry).The beauty of a counterargument is you are free to place it wherever you please. Such as:

  • What is the point of this piece?! Use it in the intro paragraph, of course!
  • The optimal position for the counterargument is your intro because…
  • If you offer it up prior to stating your thesis…
  • You show how there may be a conflicting opinion worthy of acknowledging and getting in front of prior to introducing your true argument.
  • The counterargument lets the reader know why you are writing this essay and why your argument is worth being written about.

You aren’t limited to using the intro paragraph for presenting a counter argument. For the purposes of this piece, the most effective use of a counterargument is to place it within the introductory paragraph. However, placing it immediately after the intro paragraph can be just as effective. Why? It provides the contrast needed for the reader to distinguish between your argument and the evidence or information the other side is using to sway concerned parties towards favoring their point of view.

The same ability/effect can just as easily be achieved later in the essay, with the same degree of success. Use it as a quick aside used to be mocked by one of your other arguments, or, place it just before or inside your conclusion to emphasize what you have been able to prove otherwise.

The purpose of using a counterargument is a crafty and innovative way to make it known you are aware of both sides of the issue. Consider it a “wink” in the direction of your reader and also a way to keep them guessing as to where this essay is going.