Writing a Persuasive Essay: Outline Strategy



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Writing a Persuasive Essay:

Outline Strategy


Paragraph 1: Introduction


  1. Make a general statement about the topic ( Hook the reader)




  1. State your opinion about the topic. (Thesis)




  1. State three reasons in support of your opinion (Establish framework for paragraphs)

Paragraph 2




  1. State your first reason for your opinion




  1. Give one piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it.




  1. State a second piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. State a third piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. Write a sentence to connect reasons and evidence to your opinion

Paragraph 3:




  1. Use a transition word and state your second reason for your opinion




  1. Give one piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it.




  1. State a second piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. State a third piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. Write a sentence to connect reasons and evidence to your opinion

Paragraph 4:




  1. Use a transition word and state your third reason for your opinion




  1. Give one piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it.




  1. State a second piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. State a third piece of evidence to support this reason and explain it




  1. Write a sentence to connect reasons and evidence to your opinion

Paragraph 5: Conclusion


Use a transition word and tell why the evidence is important and restate your opinion.
Writing a Persuasive Essay:

Outline Strategy


Paragraph 1: Introduction



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Paragraph 2



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Paragraph 3:
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Paragraph 4:


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5.

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

Pre-writing and Writing Activities

Suggested activities – whole class or small group


Use information from graphic organizers, a list of information generated by the teacher or the class as a basis for discussion




  • Compare and contrast




  • Look for ways to classify the information – positive traits of a character; political, economic and social factors; chemical changes and physical changes;




  • Identify cause and effect




  • Identify similarities and differences




  • As a class or in small groups, develop several thematic statements about the information







  • Use a structured activity as a pre-writing activity. For example, develop five questions related to a specific set of facts. Divide class into 5 groups, one question per group. Ask students to discuss the question and decide what is being asked, list 5 facts they would use to respond to the question and develop a controlling idea or thesis. Each group can then share the question and their work. This is a good review prior to a test or exam




  • Lesson activities may include reading and discussion, panel discussion, informal debate, writing a skit, in particular a dialogue expressing 2 different points of view, a mock trial or large group and small group outlining of a draft essay


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