Argumentative Essay Outline
I. Introductory Paragraph
Your introductory paragraph sets the stage or the context for the position you are arguing for.
This introduction should end with a thesis statement that provides your claim (what you are
arguing for) and the reasons for your position on an issue.
A. Your thesis:
states what your position on an issue is
usually appears at the end of the introduction in a short essay
should be clearly stated and often contains emphatic language (should, ought, must)
B. Sample Argumentative Thesis
The production, sale, and possession of assault weapons for private citizens should be
banned in the U.S.
II. Body of your Argument
A. Background Information
This section of your paper gives the reader the basic information he or she needs to
understand your position. This could be part of the introduction, but may work as its
B. Reasons or Evidence to Support your Claim
All evidence you present in this section should