Template for argumentative essay

A planning grid to help students structure an argumentative essay.  Will help with coursework or could be used as a revision tool for GCSE exams

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Writing to Argue Template
Question or title:_________________________________________________________
Your answer in a single sentence (thesis point):
________________________________________________________________________
Structure for Paragraph
1 (introduction)
General opening statement
on topic
narrowing from general to
your specific thesis point
State your thesis point
clearly in single sentence
Structure for Paragraph
2
Your Point (topic sentence)
Your evidence (example)
Explain your evidence
The comeback (other
people's opinion)
Why the comeback is
wrong and you're right
How this paragraph proves
your overall thesis point

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Structure for Paragraph
3
Your Point (topic sentence)
Your evidence (example)
Explain your evidence
The comeback (other
people's opinion)
Why the comeback is
wrong and you're right
How this paragraph proves
your overall thesis point
Structure for Paragraph
4
Your Point (topic sentence)
Your evidence (example)
Explain your evidence
The comeback (other
people's opinion)…read more

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Why the comeback is
wrong and you're right
How this paragraph proves
your overall thesis point
Structure for Paragraph
5
Your Point (topic sentence)
Your evidence (example)
Explain your evidence
The comeback (other
people's opinion)
Why the comeback is
wrong and you're right
How this paragraph proves
your overall thesis point
Structure for Paragraph
6
Your Point (topic sentence)
Your evidence (example)…read more

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Explain your evidence
The comeback (other
people's opinion)
Why the comeback is
wrong and you're right
How this paragraph proves
your overall thesis point
Structure for Paragraph
7 (Conclusion)
Re-state thesis (overall
answer) in single sentence
Summarise your main
points
Explain how / why your
reader must agree with you…read more

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