Argumentative: Consider Context

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One way of developing your argument is to think about the varying contexts or situations which might lead you to agree or disagree with the statement.
  • Without Context

    Your essay overly focuses on the subject from the same point of view. Your arguments might also come across as unfounded.

  • With Context

    Your argument is grounded in real-life situations and the perspectives you explore are varied.

    Here are 2 examples of contexts to consider:

    • Cultural context: How does a person’s cultural background influence their behaviour?
    • Situational context: How does a person’s circumstance affect their behaviour? For example, consider their physical or emotional health.

Do you agree that it is crucial to be active to lead a fulfilled life?

Stance: Disagree
  • Without Context

    Some people prefer not to be active.

    Some people cannot be active.

  • Matching Task

    Think about the value of staying active in different circumstances.

    In some cultures, it is believed that a leisurely, less active lifestyle enables one to experience a fulfilled and happy life.

    Due to certain medical conditions, some people may not be able to be active. Nevertheless, they still find fulfilment through other means.

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