Typical Argumentative Essay Framework

INTRO

1-2 paragraphs

 

 

 

 

Hook (Interesting fact, statistic, anecdote)
Brief explanation of issue (context/background)Thesis statement (opinion in the form of a statement)
BODY

PARAGRAPH

 

 

 

 

Topic sentence identifying one supporting reason for thesis claim
Expand upon your topic sentenceEvidentiary support – statistic, anecdote, quotation, paraphrased material – with parenthetical citation – from expert source
Transitional sentence (lead into the next thought)
BODY

PARAGRAPH

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER BODY PARAGRAPH with ABOVE FORMAT
BODY

PARAGRAPH

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER BODY PARAGRAPH with ABOVE FORMAT
BODY

PARAGRAPH

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER BODY PARAGRAPH with ABOVE FORMAT
BODY

PARAGRAPH

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER BODY PARAGRAPH with ABOVE FORMAT
COUNTER-ARGUMENT 

 

 

 

 

 

Explain an alternate point of view

Transition sentence

REBUTTAL A rebuttal is presented that undercuts the counterargument viewpoint through logical reasoning.

Provide evidentiary support.
Transitional sentence.

CONCLUSION   Re-confirms thesis and each body paragraph premise. Provides general warning and benefits if argument is followed.