ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY OUTLINE FOR 3 PARAGRAPHS

Introduction (4-6 sentences):
Sentence 1: Attention Grabber/Hook: You may start with a question, famous quote, general statement, or a statistic). You should write 1-2 sentences.
Sentence 2: Interpret the attention grabber and connect to the thesis. Suggested sentence starter: "The quote can be interpreted and connected to..."
Sentence 3: Thesis statement (answer the question/claim)
Sentence 4: Preview the main points that support your thesis. Sentence starter: "The three main points that support the thesis are..."

Body Paragraph (11-12 sentences):
Sentence 1: Topic Sentence/Reason 1: The first reason to support your thesis
Sentence 2: Evidence 1: Include a quote from the text that we've studied in class.
Sentence 3: Analysis 1: Explain how that piece of evidence supports your thesis. 
Sentence 4: Topic Sentence/Reason 2: The second reason to support your thesis
Sentence 5: Evidence 2: Include a quote from the text that we've studied in class.
Sentence 6: Analysis 2: Explain how that piece of evidence supports your thesis. 
Sentence 7: Topic Sentence/Reason 3: The second reason to support your thesis
Sentence 8: Evidence 3: Include a quote from the text that we've studied in class.
Sentence 9: Analysis 3: Explain how that piece of evidence supports your thesis. 
Sentence 10: COUNTERCLAIM: Tell a counterclaim to your thesis. Sentence starters: "On the other hand, some people may believe that..."  "The opposing side states..."
Sentences 11-12: Counterclaim Analysis: Explain how that counterclaim is WRONG and your thesis is right. 
Sentence Starters:"This counterclaim is wrong because..." 
"It's easy to challenge this counterclaim because..."
 


Conclusion (4-6 sentences):
Sentence 1: Restate your thesis in different words. 
Sentences 2-3: Summarize your main points. "The three reasons supporting the thesis are valid because..."
 
Sentences 4-6: Leave the reader of your essay with a final, interesting thought.