Argumentative essays are also known as ‘position papers’ because of their justification of the side of the issue that they are written in support of. Generally, argumentative essays focus on topics that are prone to attract controversy, academic discourse and partisanship.
Common argumentative essay topics include issues such as euthanasia, capital punishment, abortions and animal testing. An argumentative essay should not be a unilateral rant. It should address counter-arguments and should be able refute them with evidence in support of its message.