Persuasive Outline

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TCAP Persuasive Essay Outline I. Paragraph 1 (Introduction) a. 1–4 general statements about the topic. Catch the reader’s attention if you can. b. Thesis statement: Opinion stated as fact (your standpoint on the issue) c. Three Reasons II. Paragraph 2 (Reason 1) a. Opinion + because + reason 1. b. Discuss reason 1, using the words for example or for instance. c. Use at least three supporting details or examples. III. Paragraph 3 (Reason 2) TRANSITIONAL SENTENCE a. opinion + because + reason 2 b. Discuss reason 2, using the words for example or for instance. c. Use at least three supporting details or examples. IV. Paragraph 4 (Reason 3) TRANSITION SENTENCE a. opinion + because + reason 3 b. Discuss reason 3, using the words for example or for instance. c. Use at least three supporting details or examples. V. Paragraph 5 (Conclusion) TRANSITION SENTENCE a. Restate your opinion. b. Summarize your reasons. c. Finish with 2–4 more general statements about how improved life will be, how society will change, if only your opinion becomes general consensus. Remember: • Do not o use I, you, my, us, we, our, your, mine, yours, ours. (You may use I in a personal example ONLY.) – This includes “I believe”, “I think”, and “in my opinion”. o put an example in your introduction unless it’s part of your “jazzy” beginning. o begin any paragraph with for example or for instance. o give the reader a choice at the end. Your stance is the right one. • Do o follow the outline above. o begin the introduction with general statements. o include transitional sentences where necessary. o address the other side and

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