Promoting a Point of View

Promoting a Point of View

Understanding Point of View

  • A point of view refers to the perspective from which a topic, event or scenario is being analysed or narrated.
  • It is important to discern and clearly formulate your own point of view to construct an effective response.
  • An understanding and awareness of alternative viewpoints allows for comprehensive analysis and more balanced arguments.

Formulating a Point of View

  • Choose a stance or viewpoint based on your interpretation and analysis of the topic.
  • A clear and concise thesis statement expressing your point of view should be crafted. This sets the direction for your response.
  • Justification for your point of view is essential. Show why you believe your viewpoint is valid using rational explanations and evidence.

Arguing from a Point of View

  • Speak/wrote from the chosen point of view, ensuring consistency throughout.
  • Use appropriate language and tone - this could be formal or informal depending on your point of view and audience.
  • Use evidence to support your point of view, this could be statistics, theories, quotations or real-life examples.
  • Reasoning is an effective tool. Explain how your evidence supports your point of view. This shows that you have thoroughly thought through your arguments.

Addressing Counter-Arguments

  • Recognise and address counter-arguments. Doing so demonstrates awareness of differing views and strengthens your own argument.
  • Counter-arguments can be acknowledged and then refuted, using reasoned argument and evidence in support of your chosen point of view.

Concluding from a Point of View.

  • Summarise and reinforce your point of view in your conclusion.
  • The conclusion should not introduce new arguments. Rather, it is meant to confirm your thesis, summarise your main arguments and leave a lasting impression.
  • Ending with a thought-provoking statement or question related to your viewpoint can enhance your conclusion, making your argument more memorable.