Argumentative Essay Outline

There are three possible argumentative essay outline (s) which can be used as a starting point.  Ensure that you have brainstormed the PROS and CONS of your topic effectively and have sufficient material on hand which will assist you in making your refutations

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Argumentative essay outline 1:

  1. Give your thesis statement.
  2. PRO idea 1. State the reason people feel this way.
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
  3. PRO idea 2. State the reason people feel this way.
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
  4. CON(s) + Refutation(s)
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
    4. Explain why these might be true BUT....
  5. Conclusion
    1. Highlight the overview of your topic.
    2. State some of the general effects.
    3. Give your opinion on how these general effects will impact your topic.
    4. Conclude with your opinion or a “call to action”.

Outline 2:

  1. Give your thesis statement.
  2. CON(s) + Refutation(s)
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
    4. Explain why these might be true BUT....
  3. PRO idea 1
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
  4. PRO idea 2
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
  5. Conclusion
    1. Highlight the overview of your topic.
    2. State some of the general effects.
    3. Give your opinion on how these general effects will impact your topic.
    4. Conclude with your opinion or a “call to action”.

Outline 3:

  1. Give your thesis statement.
  2. CON idea 1   ...............>   Refutation
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
    4. Explain why these might be true BUT....
  3. CON idea 2      ...............>  Refutation
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
    4. Explain why these might be true BUT....
  4. CON idea 3       ...............>  Refutation
    1. Highlight evidence
    2. Give statistics
    3. Share a personal experience or a story.
    4. Explain why these might be true BUT....
  5. Conclusion
    1. Highlight the overview of your topic.
    2. State some of the general effects.
    3. Give your opinion on how these general effects will impact your topic.
    4. Conclude with your opinion or a “call to action”.


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