Generic Outline For Persuasive Essay

Another Argument Outline Template

Working Title:  __________________________________________________________________________________

 

Audience and how you plan to appeal to them:___________________________________________________________

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Attention Getter: _________________________________________________________________________________

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Explain the interest in this topic.  What experiences have caused the writer to become interested (careful using 1st person!)?

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Background Information, including history and context for problem: ___________________________________________

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Thesis - Claim: __________________________________________________________________________________

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How you will appeal to Ethos: _______________________________________________________________________

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Refutation or Opposing Arguments (Explain them, explain how and why there may be value in them, and disagree with the parts you believe to be invalid.  Establish common ground): ______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Evidence to support your claim, including appeal to logos, and pathos. (Evidence must come from your sources, both primary and secondary: examples, statistics, facts, studies, testimony, data, etc.)

Reason 1 supporting your claim:____________________________________________________________________

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Reason 2 supporting your claim: ___________________________________________________________________

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Reason 3 supporting your claim:  ___________________________________________________________________

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Do you have a solution to the problem?  (This may or may not be applicable.) How will it work?  What are its advantages?

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What does the future look like without some resolution to this problem?______________________________________

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Creative, thought-provoking closure:_________________________________________________________________

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Persuasive Essay Outline explanation

  • Structure of a five paragraph persuasive essay
    • Introduction (3-5 sentences)
      • Hook: Grab the reader’s attention with a quote, scenario, question, vivid description, etc. Must be related to your topic. (1-2 sentences)
      • Thesis statement: Simply and clearly state your position on the issue(1 sentence )
      • Three arguments. Choose three arguments you can use to convince your reader of your position. Briefly state these arguments here. (1-3 sentences)
    • Paragraph 2 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your first argument. Then write a paragraph about it.
      • Use specific examples to support your argument
      • Write a transition sentence.
    • Paragraph 3 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your second argument. Write a paragraph about it .
      • Use specific examples to support your argument. You should authoritative websites to give facts, statistics, supporting quotations, studies, research, etc.
      •  Write a transition sentence.
    • Paragraph 4 (5-8 sentences)
      • Go back to paragraph one and find your third argument. Write a paragraph about it.
      • Use specific examples to support your argument
      • Write a transition sentence.
    • Conclusion (3-5 sentences)
      • Summarize—restate your thesis statement and three arguments in different words
      • Make a closing statement. Tie your closing statement back to your opening hook.

Outline Persuasive Essay

  • Directions: Use the outline form below to organize your persuasive essay. Choose your topic and three arguments to support your opinion. Section I is for your introduction. Section II is for the body (one paragraph for each argument). Section III is for your conclusion. Topic___________________________________________________________________ I. Introduction

 a. Hook_______________________________________________________

b. Thesis statement______________________________________________

c. Argument #1_________________________________________________

d. Argument #2_________________________________________________

e. Argument #3_________________________________________________

II. Body  Paragraph #1

      a. Argument #1_________________________________________________

      b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

      e. Transition_____________________________________________

Body Paragraph #2

      a. Argument #2_________________________________________________

      b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

      e. Transition_____________________________________________

Body Paragraph #3

      a. Argument #3_________________________________________________

       b.  Example #1____________________________________________

      c. Example #2____________________________________________

      d. Example #3____________________________________________

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III. Conclusion

a. Restate thesis (different words)__________________________________

b. Restate arguments (different words)___ ____________________________

c. Clincher (tie it all together)______________________________________

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