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Persuasive Outline

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  • 1. Structure of a five paragraph persuasive essay Introduction (3-5 sentences)  Hook: Grab the reader’s attention with a quote, scenario, question, vivid description, etc. Must be related to your topic. 1-2 sentences  Thesis statement: Simply and clearly state your position on the issue. 1 sentence  Three arguments. Choose three arguments you can use to convince your reader of your position. Briefly state these arguments here. 1-3 sentences Paragraph 2 (5-8 sentences)  Go back to paragraph one  Find your first argument  Write a paragraph about it  Use specific examples to support your argument  Write a transition sentence. Paragraph 3 (5-8 sentences)  Go back to paragraph one  Find your second argument  Write a paragraph about it  Use specific examples to support your argument  Write a transition sentence. Paragraph 2 (5-8 sentences)  Go back to paragraph one  Find your third argument  Write a paragraph about it  Use specific examples to support your argument  Write a transition sentence. Conclusion (3-5 sentences)  Summarize—restate your thesis statement and three arguments in different words  Make a closing statement. Tie your closing statement back to your opening hook. Outline, Persuasive Essay
  • 2. Directions: Use the outline form below to organize your persuasive essay. Choose your topic and three arguments to support your opinion. Section I is for your introduction. Section II is for the body (one paragraph for each argument). Section III is for your conclusion. Topic___________________________________________________________________ I. Introduction a. Hook_______________________________________________________ b. Thesis statement______________________________________________ c. Argument #1_________________________________________________ d. Argument #2_________________________________________________ e. Argument #3_________________________________________________ II. Body a. Argument #1_________________________________________________ i. Example #1____________________________________________ ii. Example #2____________________________________________ iii. Example #3____________________________________________ iv. Transition_____________________________________________ b. Argument #2_________________________________________________ i. Example #1____________________________________________ ii. Example #2____________________________________________ iii. Example #3____________________________________________ iv. Transition_____________________________________________ c. Argument #3_________________________________________________ i. Example #1____________________________________________ ii. Example #2____________________________________________ iii. Example #3____________________________________________ iv. Transition_____________________________________________ III. Conclusion a. Restate thesis (different words)__________________________________ b. Restate arguments (different words)___ ____________________________ c. Clincher (tie it all together)______________________________________