it is an argumentative essay. Decide on your perception; take a stance. Articulate your perception in a thesis statement. Summarize the issues; demonstrate an understanding of the controversy. Defend/argue in favor of your perception using all resources available. Finish with a strong summary statement that reinforces your thesis. Proofread your work; use grammar/spellcheck functions. The argument paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis. A thesis is an argument concerning an issue. It clearly states the author’s perception. Your paper should present your beliefs or conclusions related to the topic.