How to Write an Advocacy Essay

Is there such thing as a freak of nature? Is disfigurement and malformation not to be found in the natural world? Or, taking it one step further, does going against the grain set one off against life? In other words, is not the unusual and unexpected rather a variation in the same general order of things? Michel de Montaigne, the eminent sixteenth-century French essayist, explains and illustrates this particular issue in his distinguished essay Of a Child Monster. The answer to an advocacy question should either look like this:

Introduction

Main section

  • Provide a brief overview of the issue, topic or argument.
  • Provide a more detailed breakdown of the key components of the issue, topic or argument.
  • Give examples to illustrate these points.
  • Briefly explore weaknesses in the viewpoint that you’ve been asked to advocate. Indicate alternative ways of thinking about the issues.

 Conclusion

Recap key points and illustrations. Give a final assessment of the usefulness of the approach.

Or like this:

Introduction

Main section

  • Provide a brief overview of the issue, topic or argument.
  • Outline one component of the issue, topic or argument and illustrate with an example.
  • Outline the second component of the issue, topic or argument and illustrate with another example.
  • Outline the third component of the issue, topic or argument and illustrate with yet another example.
  • Briefly explore weaknesses in the viewpoint that you’ve been asked to advocate. Indicate alternative ways of thinking about the issues.

 Conclusion

Sum up key points and illustrations. Make a final appraisal of the usefulness of the approach.

The material and nature of the question will determine the exact structure of an advocacy essay. For Advanced students.

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