Skip to main content

IFP - Writing Persuasive Essays: Develop a Research Question

What is research

A persuasive essay, like any research paper, requires developing a good research question. Once you have a good question, you gather the evidence to develop an informed opinion. This informed opinion becomes your argument, which in academic writing is called your 'thesis'. 

The video below (from Laurier University) shows you how to narrow your topic down to develop a specific question that directs your research and helps you develop your thesis.  It also refers you a helpful research question worksheet.

Examples of persuasive/argumentative essays

The book series listed below provide examples of how to write essays arguing 'for' or 'against' a particular viewpoint. They can also be good sources of information for shaping an argument.