Argumentative Essay Outline

Introduction

Hook/Attention Grabber
Discuss importance of the issue
Acknowledge complexity of the issue and both sides of the argument
Claim/Thesis: your opinion with 2-3 reasons

Body Paragraph #1

Statement: reason #1 to support your thesis/claim
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis/claim
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis/claim
Connection: connect back to claim and/or transition to Body Paragraph #2

Body Paragraph #2

Statement: reason #2 to support your thesis/claim
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis/claim
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis/claim
Connection: connect back to claim and/or transition to Counterclaim Paragraph

Counterclaim Paragraph

Statement: what is the counterclaim and who may support it?
Proof: a quote or idea from a text to support the counterclaim
Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain why the claim is stronger than the counterclaim
Proof: a quote or idea from a text to support the counterclaim
Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain why the claim is stronger than the counterclaim
Connection: connect back to claim

Conclusion

Briefly restate 2-3 main reasons (mentioned already) for your claim
Explain why claim is stronger than counterclaim