Argumentative Essay Outline

Argumentative Essay Outline

The following is an example of outline for argumentative essay. The elements are given with descriptions for better understanding of what should be included. 



Introduction Section 

Include a “catchy hook', which captures the attention of readers and provides broad theme. Avoid asking questions. 

A. Describe how your topic is related to common “justice' 
B. Identify reasons to pay attention to your topic 
C. Describe historical information about your topic 
D. Provide general background of the topic. Do not give specific details 
E. Describe positions taken by people regarding the topic (for or against) 

Thesis statement: not a question, but a position. This is the only complete sentence in the outline. Make your thesis focused on the argument and state own position. 

Background of the Problem or Issue 

A. What is the problem? 
B. When the problem “began' 
1. The time when it really became a problem 
2. How it has evolved as a problem 
3. Where the problem “stands' today 
C. The reasons why the topic is controversial 

Opposing View & Refutation 

A. Reason people think this way #1 
1. Detailed statistics or specific evidence 
2. “This may be true BUT…' 
B. Reason people think this way #2 
1. Detailed statistics or specific evidence 
2. “This may be true BUT…' 
C. Analysis of the opposing side – transition to your own position 

Your Position 

Describe your position as a fact (give it as a clear topic sentence). 
A. Reason people think this way #1 
1. Detailed statistics or specific evidence 
2. Explain why this is a problem 
B. Reason people think this way #2 
1. Detailed statistics or specific evidence 
2. Explain why this is a problem 

Conclusion 

A. Restate background of the topic 
B. Description of how this topic has long-term effects 
C. Explain how these long-term effects impact “justice' 
D. Finish the paper with a “call to action' for readers persuading them to think your way. 

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