Your professor has told you that you need to "build an argument". Presumably, that doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to get two or more people into a lively debate, so what are you supposed to do? In academic writing, building an argument refers to using rhetorical tools to create a persuasive example that proves a point. In other words, you need to find ways to support your thesis and topic statements that prove your understanding of the topic; to assist you with this quest, please see the resources provided below on critical thinking and building arguments.
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