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Can you guide me through the steps to writing a discursive essay?

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A discursive essay has features in common with other essay types, yet has an objective all its own. Often required in exams, where no notes or reference material is allowed, a discursive essay sets out the writer's understanding of and opinion on a topic that may be such as an issue, a problem, or a quotation. The objective of a discursive essay, briefly stated, is to present two to four arguments with supporting evidence, then to conclude your argument, after acknowledging an opposing position, by stating your own influential opinion formed on the basis of the supporting evidence.

You may argue against a topic, for it, or present a balanced argument. Having chosen a stance, some instructors prefer you reserve your opinion for the final paragraph while others require a statement of personal stance in the opening paragraph, depending on the degree of personalization or objectivity required of you. You may introduce your essay with a thought provoking challenge or a balanced assertion, with an anecdote, illustration, or quotation. The BBC Standard Grade website has examples of each of these approaches.

A significant difference between the discursive essay and the persuasive (or argument) essay is intent: in the discursive, to present a well-balanced argument and personal opinion; in the persuasive, to convince that your opinion is correct. Another difference from the persuasive and argumentative essays is that while expert opinion is required in these two, the discursive essay may include opinions from less lustrous people such as friends, parents, and local personages. Of course, standard academic research is a great benefit to your essay but also useful are television, magazine and Internet sources. What...

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first paragraph: introduction

(give the basic information and a headstart to your essay)

you can follow the order : background information/current situation, importance,a preview of the argument, and a balanced view.

second paragraph- third paragraph: show your two points to support your answer. you can support with examples that you know.

fourth and fifth paragraph: counter argument. show the reader a different point of view.

sixth paragraph: balanced view or preferred stand.  ( summary of points or recommendation )