Shmoop's Guide to Writing the Perfect Essay
Who doesn’t love to take part in a good argument? You get to air your grievances or stand up on your soap box, you have a chance to speak in raised tones, and, well… it just makes you feel so good.
The Argument Essay, which is also often called the Persuasive Essay, is the most common type of essay that you will be writing in your academic career and beyond. In fact, most essays feature at least some element of persuasion and are a variation of this essay type. Not a believer? Allow us to persuade you… *
*Don’t worry—we won’t use any outlawed forms of physical torture. We work purely on a psychological level.
Most of the time, you won’t really have to read between the lines to figure out if the paper you’re writing is an Argument Essay or not (good thing, too, since it’s already in a pretty small font), because your teacher will let you know. And if for some reason your teacher is on strike from… telling you things, here are some words to look out for in the assignment description that will point to this type of essay: