Tips Menulis Position Essay

Endro Dwi Hatmanto, MA

Realitas kehidupan sosial tentu menawarkan berbagai isue dihadapan kita. Isu-isu tersebut terkadang dengan mudah diterima oleh masyarakat. Namun, banyak isu sosial yang memancing perdebatan panas. Perdebatan isu sosial sebenarnya dapat Anda tuangkan melalui sebuah artikel yang disebut “Position essay”.

Dalam position essay, Anda menunjukkan posisi Anda terhadap isu yang berlangsung. Anda memberikan perspektif dan sudut pandang Anda. Anda menjelaskan kesetujuan maupun ketidaksetujuan Anda. Anda berusaha meyakinkan pembaca Anda bahwa pandangan Anda benar dan valid.

Pertanyaannya, bagaimana kita dapat menjelaskan posisi kita ke dalam sebuah position essay yang bagus? Gampang ! Sebuah essay tentu diawali dengan sebuah “introduction”. Bagian ini berfungsi untuk memberikan latar belakang terhadap sebuah persoalan ataupun isu yang diperdebatkan. Di akhir introduction, Anda menjukkan posisi Anda ke dalam sebuah thesis statement.

Kemudian Anda masuk pada bagian “body of paragraph”. Body of paragraph dalam sebuah position essay mengandung “counter arguments” dan argumentasi Anda sendiri. Counter arguments adalah pendapat orang lain yang berbeda dengan pendapat Anda. Setelah menuliskan counter argument, tuliskan argumentasi Anda yang lebih kuat untuk meyakinkan pembaca bahwa gagasan Anda lebih kuat.

Di akhir position essay Anda, tulislah kesimpulan. Sebutkan kembali posisi Anda. Bila perlu tawarkan gagasan untuk mengatasi masalah yang dipersoalkan dalam counter argument.

Untuk lebih jelasnya, lihat contoh position essay di bawah ini:

The Internet Use for Children

By: Endro DH

No one can argue that internet has given much contribution to people of all ages socially, intellectually and economically. However, parents have raised a serious concern on the internet use for children. Indeed, the ongoing debate circles around whether or not children should be allowed to use internet. This essay argues that children should be permitted to access the internet.

It is admitted that the opponents of the internet use for children argue that children must not access the internet due to the pornographic exposures. To illustrate, the abundant online pornographic pictures now can be accessed easily by children. Furthermore, the pornographic movies are also widely available in the virtual world. In fact, people are beginning to worry if children mind’s is polluted and harmed by the pornographic sources from the internet.

Although there is an element of truth of the above opinion, internet can offer many advantages. Specifically, the invention of internet has opened more windows of opportunity in the educational innovation. For one example, many educational videos have been produced to make teaching materials more vivid and interesting. For another example, a great number of free educational software can be accessed by children online. Using this software, children can enjoy interactive learning and this tool can also make children become autonomous learners.   

In conclusion, the internet use for children should be supported as it will gives many benefits. Indeed, the advantages of the internet use for children outweigh the disadvantages. The negative aspects of the internet in the form of pornographic threats cannot be underestimated. However, this threat can be overcome by parents’ control of the internet use. In fact, parents can apply the internet filter at home, so that the virtual environment will be safe from any form of pornography.