Persuasive/Argumentative Essay Format (with Negate) Paragraph 1: Introduction (hot) Sentence 1: Hook Sentence



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Persuasive/Argumentative Essay Format (with Negate)

Paragraph 1: Introduction (HOT)

Sentence 1: Hook Sentence: An interesting opening that grabs the reader’s attention about what the essay is about. Could be a rhetorical question (not the best), quote, Interesting Fact, or Anecdote (my favorite)

Sentence 2: Transitional sentence introduces your topic. (Overview or Bridge)

Sentence 3 -Thesis Statement: This is your opinion on the subject. Do not use “I think” or first person statements. Be strong, be bold in your opinion. Also, briefly include your three key points that support your opinion. For example; “School year-round is an excellent idea because students will learn more, not forget previous concepts and be more prepared for the work environment.”

Paragraph 2: Reason 1

Sentence 1: Your first reason. (Topic Sentence)

Sentence 2: Use a fact to support your first reason. (Concrete Detail)

Sentence 3: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 4: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary) Sentence 5: Use a second fact to support your first reason. (Concrete Detail)

Sentence 6: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 7: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 8: “Therefore, (reason 1) sentence. This is your closer to this paragraph. Remember to transition into your next paragraph.

OR

Transition sentence: Hot dogs are really good, but burgers are out of this world.


Paragraph 3: Reason 2

Sentence 1: Your second reason. (Topic Sentence)

Sentence 2: Use a fact to support your first reason. (Concrete Detail)

Sentence 3: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 4: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary) Sentence 5: Use a second fact to support your first reason.

Sentence 6: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 7: Go into further detail to explain this fact. (Commentary)

Sentence 8: “Therefore, (reason 1) sentence. This is your closer to this paragraph. Remember to transition into your next paragraph.

OR

Transition sentence: Hot dogs are really good, but burgers are out of this world.




Paragraph 4: Negate Paragraph (You could use a third reason here; if you do, follow the outline for the previous 2 paragraphs with your third reason).

Sentence 1: State what is likely the Number 1 reason to oppose your side. For example, “Some people think it is impossible to work seven days without a break.” (Topic Sentence)

Sentence 2: “However” sentence comes next. Explain the major fault with this reason. (Concrete Detail)

Sentence 3: Elaborate on the major fault. (Commentary)

Sentence 4: Go into further detail to explain this fault.

Sentence 5: Find the 2nd fault about this reason. (Concrete Detail)

Sentence 6: Go into further detail to explain this fault.

Sentence 7: Go into further detail to explain this fault.

Sentence 8: “Therefore, this idea won’t work because. . .” sentence. This is your conclusion to this paragraph.
Paragraph 5 – Conclusion

Sentence 1: A sentence about your thesis. Similar to Paragraph 1, Sentence 3

Sentence 2: Re-state importance of Reason 1.

Sentence 3: Re-state importance of Reason 2.

Sentence 4: Re-state importance of Reason 3.

Sentence 5: Wrap it up neatly with a strong sentence saying that your idea is best OR a call to action OR a full-circle ending OR an interesting fact
** When writing a persuasive essay, do not use first person (I, me, my, you, we. . .)

Simply come out and say what you want to say – short and to the point. Do not ramble.


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