Argumentative Essay Outline Introductory Paragraph (4-6 sentences) Attention Grabber



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Argumentative Essay Outline
Introductory Paragraph (4-6 sentences)

Attention Grabber (anecdote, a famous quote, or general facts about propriety)

Thesis (claim and reason): State your position on propriety—whether you’re in support (pro) or against (con). Include sophisticated vocabulary (look at vocabulary lists from this class). Sentence starters may include:

  • People should support propriety because...

  • People should not allow propriety because...


Body Paragraphs (8-10 sentences each)

Body Paragraph #1

Claim: Begin with a topic sentence that supports your thesis statement. Sentence starters may include:

Evidence: Include two citations (direct quotes) from The Scarlet Letter that support your claim. Introduce each example, and then present the citation. Here’s a citation example: “Hester Prynne’s term of confinement was now at an end” (Hawthorne, 71). Summarize the citation and connect back to the topic sentence and thesis statement.
Body Paragraph #2

Claim: Begin with a topic sentence that supports your thesis statement. Sentence starters may include:

Evidence: Include two citations (direct quotes) from The Scarlet Letter that support your claim. Introduce each example, and then present the citation. Here’s another citation example: “And, after many years, a new grave was delved, near an old and sunken one, in that burial-ground beside which King’s Chapel has since been built” (Hawthorne, 228). Summarize the citation and connect back to the topic sentence and thesis statement.
Body Paragraph #3

Counterclaim: Begin with a topic sentence that presents the counterclaim (which is opposed to or disagrees with your thesis statement) and offer an argument that attacks the counterclaim. Sentence Starters may include:

  • The opposing claims may argue that...

  • Other people may disagree because...

Evidence: Include one citation (direct quote) from The Scarlet Letter that presents the counterclaim. Introduce the counterclaim and then present the citation. “The world’s law was no law for her mind” (Hawthorne, 143). Summarize the citation and explain why it’s a counterclaim. Finally, attack the counterclaim (which supports your thesis statement).
Conclusion (4-6 sentences)

End with a conclusion that suggests the larger importance of this issue, and why your readers should support your thesis statement. Create a final statement that is powerful and memorable.


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