Outline Structure for Argumentative Essay

Introduction

Hook / Context: No more than three sentences
Thesis: No more than a single clear and concise sentence
Plan: A list of sub-arguments you will employ in the body of your essay to justify your thesis. They should convey every part of the body of your essay. If you will, for example, refute the opposition to your thesis, it should also be announced in your plan.
Body

The body of your essay must execute the planned sub-arguments in the order communicated in the introduction.
Every sub-argument must justify conclusions that support your essay’s thesis.
Subarguments should provide details and employ examples, and definitions for specific concepts as you employ them.
Subarguments must provide substantial textual analysis and support for your claims.
The body should have clear and carefully crafted transitions between sub-arguments.
Keep the following in mind when quoting or paraphrasing material:

Who authors the cited text or speaks the words in question?
What is happening or being developed in the cited material? Is it fully explained?

Always provide an analysis of the quote with consideration for how it supports your thesis?

Outline Template

Title

I. Paragraph 1: Introduction

1. Context / Hook (no more than three sentences)

2. Thesis Statement (no more than one sentence (two lines tops!))

3. Plan (should communicate all the major parts of your essay)

A. First major part of your essay (as many parts as needed within limits)

B. Second major part of your essay (as many parts as needed within limits)

C. Third major part of your essay (as many parts as needed within limits)

Note: Consider whether you want to communicate the author, title, and main characters in your introduction.

II.  First Body Paragraph (Paragraph 2):

1. Topic sentence for the first major part of your essay that communicates what this paragraph will discuss. Always consider how what you write will support your thesis.

A. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

B. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

C. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

2. Topic sentence for the second major part of your essay that communicates what this paragraph will discuss. Always consider how what you write will support your thesis.

A. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

B. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

C. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

3. Topic sentence for the third major part of your essay that communicates what this paragraph will discuss. Always consider how what you write will support your thesis.

A. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

B. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

C. Supporting paragraph with additional supporting information (as many paragraphs as needed within limits)

III. Conclusion Last Paragraph

Summarize your argument
Remind the reader of your thesis and its importance
Closing Remarks
NOTE: If you have decided to use additional sources, make sure to list works you plan to cite along with your outline. You may simply add it as a bibliography page (in MLA format) at the end of your outline.

Please attached a brief summary description of the arguments you plan to employ in your essay at the end of your outline

Outline Assignment Checklist

Your completed Outline Assignment must include:

A clear and concise thesis statement
The plan you will employ in your introduction
Planned sub-arguments for your thesis along with some preliminary details
A list of works you will be using in your essay
A list of arguments you will employ along with their summary descriptions