Emphatic Order in Writing a Paper

29/12/11 5:14 AM

There are different ways of presenting information to the reader in a paper; emphatic order is one of them. Emphatic order requires that all information that is being presented in arranged in the order of the importance of the point. For example, from strongest to weakest, or from weakest to strongest is how information is arranged in an emphatic order. Emphatic order in writing a paper is mostly used in argumentative analysis papers and needs keen attention to distinguish between strongest and weakest point.

To use emphatic order in writing a paper, one must have acute analytical skills to decide which point or piece of information is the most relevant and strongest one to convince your reader to your stance, and which is the weakest. By weakest it does not mean that a point should not carry a convincing appeal and any relevance to the topic, it is only the matter of comparison that decides which fact would come after or before which.

You can use emphatic order in your paper in two ways. Either you can start your paper with the strongest point and amaze your readers, then carry on with the theme till you end the paper with the weakest point. The problem with this approach is that it gives your readers high expectations at the very start of the paper and if you end the paper with the weakest argument it gives a feel of incompleteness, or being cheated off a good reading or learning experience. And this is not a feeling that readers particularly like.

The other approach that you can take with the emphatic order is to start with the weak point, and set realistic expectations by your readers. Then go on building up your paper gradually with stronger points till you finish the paper with a bang and leave your reader with a satisfied read, an informative experience and a thoroughly enjoyable time. Most students use this approach, but if for some reason you want to use the strong-weak approach, you can do it do; the point is not to lose your strongest argument somewhere in the middle.

If you keep these few simple steps in your mind the next time you use emphatic order in writing a paper, you may end up with a brilliant document that can endear you to your readers and tutors alike.

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