Persuasive essay outline

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Preparation is the first thing that should come in your mind before you going to do any thing. Here is a persuasive essay outline as it should be.

Introduction:

Your introduction should be focused on gaining the attention of the reader. Make it quick and snappy.

  • Start with a question or statement that will shock the reader and grab their interest
  • Clearly state the viewpoint/ stance that you are going to take
  • Briefly mention each of the arguments that you will be making throughout your essay

Paragraph 1:

  • Using the first argument you mentioned in your introduction, build up an introduction sentence to explain it
  • Use at least one piece of evidence to support the argument you have presented.
  • Sum up why this argument supports your viewpoint to justify why the reader should support your viewpoint
  • Use one sentence to introduce your next paragraph

Paragraph 2:

  • Using the second argument you mentioned in your introduction, build up an introduction sentence
  • Use at least one piece of evidence to support this argument.
  • (Optional) If you want to create a stronger argument, you can link your second paragraph to show further support
  • Complete a small summary of this argument, making sure you state why it supports your viewpoint
  • Use one sentence to introduce your next paragraph

Paragraph 3:

  • Using the third argument you mentioned in your introduction, Build up an introduction sentence.
  • Use at least one piece of evidence to support this argument
  • (Optional) Again, you can link this paragraph to any of your previous ones if this applies. However, be careful when doing this. Make sure that you are always focusing on the argument in this paragraph
  • Complete a small summary of your third argument, making sure that it completely supports your overall viewpoint

Paragraph 4 (Optional):

  • Three paragraphs alone are normally good enough to present a strong argument, this paragraph can be used to strengthen your argument further
  • Present an opposing viewpoint, one that goes against the arguments you have produced
  • Once you have done this, use evidence to show why this opposing viewpoint is incorrect.
  • Sum up why the argument is incorrect and why your argument is stronger.

Conclusion:

  • Start with stating the viewpoint you presented in your introduction
  • Sum up each of your arguments (you can use your smaller summaries in each paragraph and work them into the conclusion)
  • Use a strong closing statement. Something that will not only keep the reader thinking, but also finish in your persuasion.

Outline for a persuasive essay: A step by step format.

Introduction _______________________________________________________

  • Thesis statement
  • Argument 1
  • Argument 2
  • Argument 3

Paragraph 1 _______________________________________________________

  • Argument 1
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3 (Optional)
  • Introduce paragraph 2

Paragraph 2 _______________________________________________________

  • Argument 2
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3 (Optional)
  • Comparison to paragraph 1 (Optional)
  • Introduce paragraph 3

Paragraph 3 _______________________________________________________

  • Argument 3
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3 (Optional)
  • Comparison to paragraph 1 or 2 (optional)
  • Introduce paragraph 4

Paragraph 4 (Optional)_______________________________________________

  • Opposing argument
  • Why is it incorrect
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3 (Optional)
  • Why is this argument incorrect?

Conclusion _________________________________________________________

  • Restate your viewpoint
  • Sum up each of your arguments
  • Strong closing statement
  • Sum up with your viewpoint