Extended essay examples

Argumentative Essay Template

Argumentative essays assess the student’s ability to evaluate a subject matter and take a stance in favor of or against the point of view. 

Once you find out the topic of your essay, create an outline to guide you on arranging your work.

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Standard argumentative essay template:

  1. Introduction
    • Essay hook. This can be a question or a short anecdote to set the tone for the paper.
    • The thesis statement. This sentence encompasses the central idea of the essay.
      • It serves as the compass for the reader to know what the paper is about.
      • The sentence comes at the end of the paragraph.
  2. Main Body
    • Overview. This paragraph focuses on the definition of the facts and how they affect everyday life.
    • The claim. This section contains your stance.
      • Provide evidence and citations to support your points if necessary.
      • It is always advisable to split your ideas into separate well-developed paragraphs and link them with transition words.
    • The rebuttal. In this section, provide the opposing argument.
      • Even if you don’t believe that it is correct, you should concede that the points are valid, and address them.
      • Also, this section should be divided into paragraphs for every point.
      • Lead into this section using transition words that signify negation of the previous premise.
    • The counterclaim. In this paragraph, you should provide evidence to refute the points addressed in the rebuttal section.
  3. Conclusion
    • Summarize the core points of your argument
    • Rephrase and restate the thesis statement
    • Don’t introduce any new ideas.

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