How to Create a Powerful Argumentative Essay Outline

Sure, you’re a lover not a fighter. I am too. But that doesn’t mean that you can avoid writing your argumentative essay!

argumentative essay outline

Since you have to write an argumentative essay, you might as well learn how to write it well, right?

I’ve said it time and time again—there’s nothing worse than staring at a blank page. Putting together an argumentative essay outline is the perfect way to turn your blank document into a ready-to-use template. All you have to do is fill in the blanks!

In this blog post, I’m going to share with you how to create an argumentative essay outline. At the end, I’ll give you a downloadable skeleton outline you can use to get started.

Structure of the Argumentative Essay Outline

If you distill your argumentative essay outline down to its basics, you’ll find that it’s made of four main sections:
  1. Intro
  2. Developing Your Argument
  3. Refuting Opponents’ Arguments
  4. Conclusion

That’s not so bad! There’s really nothing to be afraid of.

Here’s how your argumentative essay outline would look if you turned it into a pretty picture:

argumentative essay outline


Each of these four sections requires some important elements. Let’s break those down now.

Argumentative Essay Outline Section 1: Your Intro

Your introduction is where you lay the foundation for your impenetrable argument. It’s made up of a hook, background information, and a thesis statement.

argumentative essay outline

1. Hook. Your first sentence is comprised of a “hook.” Don’t know what a hook is? A hook is a sentence that grabs your reader’s attention just like a good Jackie Chan movie grabs the attention of a martial arts fan.

Let’s say I’m writing an argumentative essay about why American people should start eating insects.

My hook could be, “For those interested in improving their diets and the environment, say ‘goodbye’ to eating chicken, fish, and beef and ‘hello’ to eating silk worms, crickets, and caterpillars.”

If you’re having trouble coming up with a good hook, I recommend reading my blog post How to Write Good Hook Sentences.

2. Background information. The next part of your intro is dedicated to offering some detailed background information on your topic.

Try answering the following questions:

What is the issue at hand? Who cares? Where is this issue prevalent? Why is it important?

For example, “Insects are abundant, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable. Currently, people in the United States shun the idea of eating insects as part of their diets, favoring instead less nutritious and environmentally destructive food options, such as beef and pork. The UN recently issued a statement calling for more world citizens to embrace the many benefits of eating insects.”

3. Thesis. Your thesis typically makes up the last sentence of your intro paragraph. This is where you clearly state your position on the topic and give a reason for your stance.

For example, “A diet of insects can help fix problems related to starvation, obesity, and climate change, and therefore, United States citizens should learn to rely on a variety of insects over chicken, beef, and fish as their main source of protein and nutrition.”

Notice the word “should” in my thesis statement? Using this word makes it clear I’m taking a stance on the argument.

You’ll also notice that my thesis statement sets up the three claims I’m going to expand on later: a diet of insects can help fix problems related to starvation, obesity, and climate change.

Here are even more example argumentative thesis statements.

Let’s talk about adding those claims to our argumentative essay outline now.

Argumentative Essay Outline Section 2: Developing Your Argument

argumentative essay outlineNow that you have filled in the general points of your topic and outlined your stance in the introduction, it’s time to develop your argument.

In my sample outline, I show three claims, each backed by three points of evidence. Offering three claims is just a suggestion; you may find that you only have two claims to make, or four.

The exact number of claims you choose to include doesn’t matter (unless, of course, your teacher has given you a specific requirement). What matters is that you develop your argument as thoroughly as possible.

1. What is a claim? A claim is a statement you make to support your argument.

For example, “Bugs are highly nutritious and eating them can fix the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the United States.”

Great! So I’ve made my claim. But who’s going to believe me? This is where evidence comes into play.

2. What is evidence? For each claim you make, you need to provide supporting evidence. Evidence is factual information from reliable sources.

It is not personal knowledge or anecdotal.

For example, “Researchers at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States state that ‘Termites are rich in protein, fatty acids, and other micronutrients. Fried or dried termites contain 32–38 percent proteins.’“

My outline shows three pieces of evidence to support each claim, but you may find that each claim doesn’t necessarily have three pieces of evidence to back it.  Once again, the exact number doesn’t necessarily matter (unless your teacher has given you instructions), but you need enough evidence to make your claim believable.

Once you have gathered your evidence to support your claims, it’s time to add the next important element of your argumentative essay outline: refuting your opponents’ arguments.

Let’s talk about that now.

Argumentative Essay Outline Section 3: Refuting Opponents’ Arguments

argumentative essay outlineIn this section, you state your opponents’ views and then offer a rebuttal.

For example, “Opponents of insect eating from the Beef Council of America say that it is too difficult and time consuming to catch crickets, so it is not easy to gather enough food for a meal, whereas a cow is large and contains a lot of meat for many meals.”

Oh diss! We know the Beef Council just wants us to keep eating McD’s hamburgers and skip the cricket soup. (By the way—I just made that up. The Beef Council did not say that. In your essay, make sure to use real facts.)

Now it’s time to set the opponents straight with a refutation that is full of hard evidence and that will bring them to their knees.

For example, “According to researchers Cerritos and Cano-Santana, the best time to harvest crickets is to catch them in the hour just before sunrise when they are least active. What’s more, it is easy to develop the infrastructure to farm crickets in a way that is more sustainable than cattle farming.”

Booyah! The Beef Council has been served (crickets).

Once you have refuted your opponents’ viewpoints, it’s time to sail to the finish line with your conclusion.

Argumentative Essay Outline Section 4: Conclusion

argumentative essay outlineIn your conclusion, you are going to accomplish two important tasks.

1. Restate the importance of your issue. Similar to what you did in your introduction, you want to restate why this topic is critical.

For example, “Simply by incorporating insects into their diets, U.S. citizens can improve the sustainability and nutrition of the American diet.”

2. Paint a picture of the world if your argument is (or is not) implemented. In the final part of your conclusion, make your audience think about the ramifications of your argument. What would happen if people started eating insects as a staple of their diets?

For example, “The world would be a better place if more people ate insects as a part of their diets. Fewer people would go hungry, more people would get the vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients they need to live healthy lifestyles, and our planet would be relieved of the burden of an unsustainable food system.

Closing with a clear picture of the world as you would like it to be can leave your reader convinced that your argument is valid.

argumentative essay outline

Download the Argumentative Essay Outline Template

Once you break it down, writing an argumentative essay outline isn’t that daunting.

Download this skeleton Argumentative Essay Outline to get started.

Before you go off into the sunset and use my outline template, make sure that you are following the guidelines specific to your course. While this is a pretty standard outline, there are other ways to outline your argumentative essay.

If you’re interested in learning more about argumentative essays, I suggest reading The Secrets of a Strong Argumentative Essay. Want even more knowledge? Check out this argumentative essay infographic!

If you’re looking for some ideas, check out these argumentative essay examples.

When you have your argumentative essay and outline ready to go, you can always have one of our awesome editors give it a second look.

Good luck!


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  • islameen

    wow this was really help full

  • Rose

    Hi I have a 20 minute presentation to do on the history of cognitive-behaviour therapy. Don’t know where to begin. Is this the same as doing an argument

  • Abi

    hi i need some help on an argument . The topic is internet a guide or a distraction.
    i hope u can help

    • Hi Abi,
      Do you think the internet is a guide or a distraction? I would suggest writing a thesis statement like this:

      You could focus on arguing for the internet:

      “The internet is a useful guide as shown by evidence 1, evidence 2, and evidence 3.”

      OR you could focus on arguing against the internet:

      “The internet is an annoying distraction as shown by evidence 1, evidence 2, and evidence 3.”

      OR, and this is the best option, you could focus on arguing how to best use the internet:

      “The internet can be both a useful guide as shown by evidence 1 and evidence 2, but it can also be an annoying distraction as shown by evidence 3 and evidence 4. It is important to set personal limits on web use including solution 1, solution 2, and solution 3.”

      Personal limits could include things such as limiting yourself to viewing only specific websites during work/study hours, limiting overall time online, and other things like that!

      Good luck!

  • Hi Liz, well first you need to pick a side. What do you think? Should they have their licenses revoked? Then you need to come up with a few reasons for why you think this. Can you find any examples of how this tactic has worked (or hasn’t worked). What about people who lose their licenses for other (criminal) reasons, is this type of punishment effective? Why or why not?

    Pick a side.
    Come up with approx three claims to support your side.
    Find some evidence to support your claims.

  • I would start by writing a venn diagram (as described in this blog post):

    Lay out how each of the two authors approach the topic of the Crusades. What do they have in common? What is different?

    Good luck!

  • Super happy to help!

  • Kaysha

    thank you so much for this!

    • You are welcome so much! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Amber

    Hi, I am writing an argumentative essay on freedom of speech rights and the 1st amendment and I have two sides of the argument. I am for freedom of speech if it doesn’t harm other people and I have some cases where the supreme court are avoiding the laws stated in the amendment but I’m on the court’s side of restricting inappropriate speech in a school environment. How should I start out my argument?

    • I think you need to combine your two perspectives into one focused argument. Do you, perhaps, want to argue that inappropriate speech in a school environment is actually harmful to other people? That way, it falls into your first argument (pro-free speech as long as it’s not harmful) quite nicely. Good luck!

  • khuram

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  • Joka

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  • Maribel Duarte

    HI, I am writing an argumentative essay on how different governments should provide additional funding to increase awareness of human trafficking, prevent human trafficking, and help victims who have been trafficked. I am not sure where to start from.

  • Rosie

    Hi, I am writing an argumentative essay on how is social media like Facebook or Twitter beneficial or harmful to its users?
    I am not sure how to start from there.

  • Gabriella

    Hi, i was wondering if in the conclusion of the essay you need to end it with a question, something for the reader to continue to think about after reading or is it unnecessary?

  • Jane

    This helped a lot! Thanks, love how its broken down. I have a question though. Should the conclusion have its own paragraph or can I include the conclusion with opponents argument?

  • theresa

    Helped me to help my students 🙂
    I was wondering if you can show a sample essay with these elements in use? Thank you 🙂

    • Awesome! I love to hear that. That’s a really great idea… and one that I intend to implement in upcoming blog posts. However, at this time I don’t readily have access to a knock out example. –Naomi

  • Marie Edwards

    HELP!!! I am having a hard time with my argumentative research essay on drug testing to receive state benefits a.e. T.A.N.F, food stamps.. I’m getting so frustrated and I dont have any idea where to begin..

  • Ale

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    • You’re welcome a lot! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  • hannah

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  • You’re welcome! Wow that’s a great idea for an essay. Very intriguing.

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  • I’m happy to hear it. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  • Christine Anthony

    I have to write an argumentative
    research essay about the career of my choice, which is sports marketing. I’m not sure what type of arguments I need to make. Am I defending my choice of careers? Am I talking about it’s importance in the world? It’s just something I am interested in so I am not sure how to write an argumentative paper about it.

  • BRAJr

    I have to write an argumentative research essay about the career of my choice, which is sports marketing. I’m not sure what type of arguments I need to make. Am I defending my choice of careers? Am I talking about it’s importance in the world? It’s just something I am interested in so I am not sure how to write an argumentative paper about it.

    • Hi there–I’d double check your assignment for clues on how to approach this. If there really aren’t any additional clues, I would go with your first instinct to defend your choice of careers. Why are you interested? Is the pay worth it? What makes you cut out for this career in particular?

      A thesis statement might look like:

      Sports marketing is the perfect career choice for me as it will allow me to use my strengths in XYZ, make a decent income, all while keeping me interested and engaged.

      Then use the rest of your essay to fill out those key points.


      • BRAJr

        Thanks! That’s helpful. Here’s what the assignment says:

        “In your argumentative research essay, you will a) conduct research about a successful and realistic career of your choice, b) use this research and accompanying commentary and rhetoric to create an argument that you will eventually present and defend to a group of peers.

        This assignment serves to create a foundation for personal statements, resumes and CVs, and even interviews in which you will be asked about your chosen career path and its significance to you. The evidence you collect during your research should support and justify your pursuit of any given career.”

        Do you think I will be on track if I use your suggested thesis?

        • Yes–I do. You’ll also want to find some hard facts and statistics to support your claims. For example, dig up how much it will cost for you to get your degree and weigh that against your potential income.

  • You’ll want to start with a clear thesis statement. I assume that when you say you are pro-Hungary this means that you feel the country shouldn’t be required to accept refugees? If so, your thesis statement might look something like this:

    Hungary should not be required to accept Syrian refugees because of reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3.

    Or–if you think the country should help. You would start with a thesis like this:

    Hungary should be required to accept Syrian refugees because of reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3.

  • Glad to help! Thanks for your comment.

  • Rachel

    Hi ! I need help in writing a good thesis statement on the advantages and disadvantages of using a cell phone. Please help. I need to submit it on thursday. Plz Plz help.

    • Hi Rachel–

      This one is pretty straightforward. You can frame it like this:

      Cell phone use has many advantages such as A, and B, but some disadvantages such as C.

      Or you could flip it:

      Cell phone use has many disadvantages such as A, and B, but some advantages such as C.

      Fill in A, B, and C with your actual research.

      Good luck!

      • Rachel

        Thank you so much Naomi. This is a great help.

  • Rachel

    Hi ! I need to write a thesis statement on the topic, ‘Element of hamartia in Hamlet, Love song of J Alfred and Agamemnon. I need a thesis statement on this. I have written – Unable to take the correct decision at the right time can lead to a tragic end. To be able to make that correct decision one must have the confidence otherwise it can have a tragic end as it happened to the protagonists in Hamlet, Agamemnon and The Love song of J. Alfred.
    Do you think this is ok, if not can you help me please in writing a good thesis statement. Thank you.

    • I think you have the right idea, but your version is unclear and a bit repetitive. How about this edit?

      Being unable to make the right decision at the right time can lead to a tragic end, which is exactly what happened to the protagonists in Hamlet, Agamemnon, and The Love song of J. Alfred.


      • Rachel

        Thank you Naomi so very much. This is great. I can go ahead now.

  • First you’ll need to come up with a thesis statement. For example:
    Public schools should be divided by sex because of reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3.

    Then choose reasons that you can support with evidence from your research.

    Good luck!

  • rose

    this really works thanks

    • Glad it worked for you, Rose! Thanks for your comment.

  • rose

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  • Abbigale

    Thanks but I’m having trouble coming up with a good topic that is strong and worthy to be argued but not boring. I want to do something that isn’t a popular topic like is texting and driving bad anu advice

  • nick

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  • Angel

    I have to write an argumentative essay on Poverty and Illiteracy. I have already looked up my citations. But I don’t know how to break down my citations. Could you help me please?

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  • sandypickle

    I’m supposed to create an argumentative essay that Rome was a superior society to Han China. Thank you so much. I think this is super helpful. Now my next problem is if I can fit it all onto one page. (That’s the limit our teacher gave us. he wants to see if we can make brief statements that speak many words with little words written)

    • Funny–is that a common assignment this month? You’re not the first student to ask me about this Romans v Hans.

      A topic that large is going to be very difficult to explore in a single page–but hey, it’s a good exercise in concision.

      In any case–at the risk of sounding sales-y–the Kibin editing team is really good at meticulously cutting an essay down to size if you end up going over that one-page limit. You can learn more about our editing service here:


  • Psalms

    I really don’t understand the refuting part.

    • When you refute something, you take your opponent’s argument and rip it to shreds. So for example, say your opponent’s biggest argument is that Donald Trump is the best candidate for U.S. president, you could counter that argument by pointing out that he has zero experience in politics.

  • Psalms

    hello again. I don’t know if you got my resent reply but I was trying to ask and see if you could give me a little advice on some good resources involving work laws for teens.

  • Harper

    This is really helped a lot. I was able to do my argumentative essay after reading this. It also explained clearly what I was looking for. Thank you! <3

  • jake

    thanks a lot! this helped me create my english paper!

  • Kevin Telford Jutras

    Thank you so much. You saved my last semester of college! (From a French canadian currently having English Classes)

    • Hey! Thanks for the great comment. You really made my day! I wish you the very best in your English classes.


  • Woot! Happy to help. 🙂

  • Fantastic! So happy to hear it. 🙂

    • Sean Gedianho

      I’m writing about functionalism and Weberianism. Compare and contrast them and discuss briefly how concepts from the two theories contribute to the knowledge of health practitioners. Please hook me up!!

  • Trinh Le

    Love this blog. What email address I can sent my essay to get fix? And how long do I have to wait to get it back. Thank you

  • GirlForEternity .

    I’m in love with this blog. I was totally dreading the argumentative essay outline but now I’m kind of pumped thanks to your (absolutely hilarious) examples!

    • Awesome! I love hearing this. Writing can be fun as long as you don’t actively dread it. 🙂

  • Sabrina


  • Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • SaMoskowitz

    This saved my life. Thank you so much!

  • Rafael

    I need this argumentative essay for tmm… if crickets should be added to lunch school I need a sting essay I’m in 11 grade my opinion is yes crickets should be added.

    • Hi there, the outline in this post should help you a lot! As for your thesis statement, you could write something like:

      Crickets should be added to the school lunch menu because they are both nutritious and inexpensive.

      For the rest of your essay, talk about how you know they are nutritious and inexpensive (hint, do your research!).

      Good luck!

  • Tiana Keshae

    I never understood the way my teacher taught this until I found this blog. It has helped me write a better argumentative essay. Thanks

  • Awesome! I love to hear feedback like this. Thanks for reading!

  • Corey Agius

    Thanks a lot mate helped me so much

  • You’re super welcome! Happy to help.

  • Bianca

    Thank You sooo much for this blog. This has given me a chance to structure my assignment even better. THANKS xx

  • Hieu Nguyen Ha Minh

    thank you!!

  • Sean Gedianho

    I’m writing about functionalism and Weberianism. Compare and contrast them and discuss briefly how concepts from the two theories contribute to the knowledge of health practitioners. Please hook me up!!

  • Haley McCormick

    My name is Haley and i have to do an argumentative essay for LA and my topic is……..In what situations, if any, does a woman have a right to an abortion? what should i put as a hook?

    • The hook you choose will definitely depend on your stance on the topic. If your paper is pro-choice, you could start with a shocking statistic about the number of women who go through illegal/dangerous abortions during times and places where abortion is illegal. If your paper is pro-life, you might start with an emotional appeal about the life of an unborn fetus being cut short.

      Good luck!

  • Sara

    This is very helpful. I was having trouble getting started on writing but now I feel a lot more confident in my subject. Thanks for the breakdown.

    • Happy you found it useful. Thanks for reading!

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  • kathi

    M hving trouble with introduction on smoking restriction

  • kathi

    Hi there ,
    Can you help me with introducing on smoking restriction topic and thesis as well

  • Neil Tejnani

    Naomi! youre amazing! this has really clarified this topic for me. thank you!

    • Well, thank you, Neil! This comment was a great way to start my Friday. 🙂

  • Cleverblonde Donna G

    Wow, this is really good. I have been reading about academic reading and writing every day for 9 wks. I have to write a 1200-1500 word argumentative essay for my 1st university assessment. This is by far the most helpful article I have read. Well done and thanks. Heaps.

  • Brandon Carmona

    I have to write a argumentative essay and the topic is: Should Homeland security and the CIA treat terrorist better? Aren’t they people too? I’m not sure what exactly im suppose to do or how to start it.

  • Ziyad Abdullah

    thank you ms.Naomi that was really helpful

  • Lol

    Do you add in a rebuttal for each of your points??

    • That is certainly one way to approach an argumentative essay. Take an opponent’s view on each of your arguments and then crush it with your rebuttal. Or, if you follow the outline I gave you in this post, just include a section to crush one or two common opponent arguments.

  • WeLiveForWaffles

    Thank you, this was very helpful and in the same time funny! good way to make interesting!!

  • UniversallyMars

    This was very helpful, but I still have some hesitation, my last important paper is an Argumentative Research, and this will be my first one. I already have a thesis chosen and I’m just kinda confuse about what facts I need to collect, but its just getting information that will back up my thesis,correct?

    • Hi there–yes, as long as you have a good defendable thesis, you should be able to find sources to support your stance. Here is a blog post about making sure your sources are credible:

      • UniversallyMars

        Thanks for answering but I’m having a difficult time trying to find and discern what will be helpful in my paper. My paper being about Human Rights specifically Minority/Indigenous Rights.

  • bandgeek

    This was so helpful! But, I do have a couple of questions.
    Is there a secret to writing a killer hook?
    What is the best way to state your claim in the introduction?

  • Chris K.

    Thank you so much for the helpful info. I definitely owe a get out of jail free card.

  • Berin Deniz

    Seriously very usefull tips i like it 🙂

  • madison bauduy

    How many paragraphs is this?

    • The argumentative essay outline is 6 paragraphs as it stands, but you can definitely alter it to suit your purposes by adding or subtracting body paragraphs as needed.


  • Hi Rose,

    Usually your hook sentence is separate from your thesis statement. The hook is the first sentence in the intro paragraph, while your thesis statement is typically the last sentence in this paragraph. Sometimes you will add some background information too. So an intro is Hook-background info-thesis statement.

    Here’s a revision of your sentence:

    ADD A HOOK SENTENCE OR TWO HERE. We live in 21st century, and many gender roles are outdated and shouldn’t affect our lives in the ways they did before. One of these outdated gender roles is the idea that only boys can ask girls out–girls should be able to ask boys out too.

    You might also like this post:

    Good luck!

  • nansi

    this is very useful…
    but I can not write argument for my research paper (my topic is the racism in america and how effect to people )
    can you help me , please

    • Racism in America is a huge problem and a huge topic. I think your first step is to narrow your research focus. First, which specific problem of racism will you be looking at? Racism against a particular minority group? In a specific region or city? Are there studies that show the effects in these groups and regions? What are some common findings/themes? Here is another post specifically about writing a research paper:

  • Zaid

    This blog is Amazing! Very helpful! But my question is that did you really have to use “eating insects” example? I was having a hot n sour soup while reading this.

    • Ha! I’m so sorry to have ruined your supper. 🙂 I think I was inspired to write this post after a bug flew into my mouth while I was riding my bike to work… nutty and a bit bitter. Thanks for reading!

  • Alisha Rader

    This is absolutely incredible! I greatly admire your work and accomplishment! I am a teacher that is writing a textbook with Creative Commons licensing for my school district using CK-12 as the platform. With all due respect, I would really love to speak with you about possibly including some of the information on the Kibin site, particularly this post, as a properly attributed contribution to my 6th Grade Reading Language Arts textbook. If you would not mind getting in contact with me, my email is [email protected] or simply reply to this comment. @naomi_tepper:disqus

    • Hi Alisha–Thanks for your kind comment. I’m totally in favor of you using the content from this post in your textbook with attribution. Best of luck on this very important project, and if you need to discuss, you can easily reach me at [email protected]


  • You’re going to have to take a stance for or against school uniforms and offer credible evidence to support your stance. I’d suggest reading this post on how to write a thesis statement :

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  • Rachel

    This seems to be very helpful! I have an English final tmrw and I am really scared. Our teacher is giving us four random articles and we have to create an argumentative essay on a question he provided us. Do you know what I can do because I’m really bad at writing and reading. Like what else can I do rather than read this blog?

    • Hi Rachel,
      First off, relax, deep breath, no need to be scared! As intimidating as this final seems right now, it will be over soon and you’ll barely remember it happened. 🙂

      I know you said that you want advice more than just this blog, but it happens that my best advice happens to be on the blog. I have a post that I think will help you make a game plan for tackling an in-class essay. Here it is:

      Good luck!


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  • Ram Mohan

    Thanks for the clear outline, was very confused about how to start my paper after reading this made me crystal clear, don’t know how I started and didn’t know I had ended just went off like a flash. very very useful.

    • I’m so glad you found it useful, Ram. Thanks for reading!

  • Brooklyn Lee

    Thank you so much for the outline!! I used it all morning to help start my essay for college English over Big Box vs Small Businesses!

  • mohamed anim

    i am writing a argumentative essay for “being competent in English Language is necessary for successful academic achievement” cloud you plx give me a best introduction for this essay …

    • An interesting fact or statistic that shows the correlation between learning English and academic success might be your best choice, if you can find something from a reputable source.

      Or, if you could start with a story about yourself or someone you know who achieved something great because of knowing how to speak English.

      Good luck!

  • Kiriea

    Can anyone give me a good hook for same sex marriage . I’m writing an argumentative paper for my adv. comp class

    • Your hook will depend on the stance you are taking. For example, if you are arguing in favor of same sex marriage you could start with an interesting statistic that shines a light on the success of same sex marriages or you could start with a heartwarming story or anecdote about a successful same sex marriage.

      Good luck!

  • Rozemarijn Van Der Steen

    This was really funny! (and useful) Thanks 🙂

    • Awesome! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  • Maleeha Iqbal

    Hey!! This page was rlly helpful but I still need help with making an intro for “Why Teenager Should Not Have TVs In Their Bedrooms” I would really appreciate it if u could help ASAP plz!!☺

  • Trent

    Ths for this it helped a lot

  • Mahdi

    Thanks a lot
    I really appreciate your help

  • trent

    didnt help at all sorry

    • Sorry that it wasn’t more helpful, Trent. Let us know if you have any questions that are still unanswered!

  • IAm Me

    I’m going to write about how humanity should strive for immortality. Do you think the topic is too hard and broad for a 10th grader like me? May I know your thoughts and suggestions, please? Thanks!

    • Nah, you can totally handle that topic! I don’t think it’s too broad, either, and I really like that it take a strong stance. Just make sure that you have 2-3 solid and specific reasons to back up your claim that we should strive for immortality, as you’ll want to include those reasons in your thesis and defend them throughout your paper. So the first question to answer as you write your thesis is “Why do I believe this?”

    • TheNabster

      Hi, there. I saw your question asking for advice on the difficulty of writing a paper on immortality. I have a few views on that myself but of the opposite point. I would be very interested in reading your thoughts on the matter. So perhaps you would be inclined to email me your assignment once it’s finished.

  • trey

    thanks this blog was very helpful

    • Awesome! We’re happy you think so and thanks for the comment. 🙂

  • TheNabster

    Super helpful! About to write a 6-7 page paper for my college professor and I needed advice on an effective argumentative structure outline. This is exactly what I needed to look at. Well designed.

    • Sweet! Love to hear that it helped. Thanks for the kind comment. 🙂

  • Carmen Estrella

    Is Misdiagnoses of Mental Disorders a good topic to write about? And is it too broad? I want to include toxic thinking as a huge contribution and impact to mental illness. I need direction– Please help!!

    • Hi Carmen,

      It is a bit broad, yes. I would suggest narrowing it down to just one mental disorder. Maybe depression or ADD. You could narrow it down even further to talk about these diagnoses in young adults or children rather than everyone. Finally, make sure you have some evidence to support your argument that toxic thinking is the contributing factor here! That’s a pretty big statement and you’ll definitely need to back it up.


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  • sultan Akram

    nice .. great work you have done.. thanks for help Naomi…

    • Thanks for reading and for your kind comment!

  • Thanks for your comment!

  • Hamza

    Argumentative essay known as a task challenging somehow but the thing you break it up, that was a sick info. Thanks so so much. P.S. loved your sense of humour

    • Aww, shucks. Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂

  • Caroline

    bless you!! i have a paper due and this helps so much ^^

  • Rashaud Morris

    Thank you so much for the helpful outline. This is by far one of the most detailed and useful outline I have used. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks for your kind comment! Happy the outline helped you.

  • Hehe love this comment. Thanks for your kind words and happy to help. 🙂

  • You’re super welcome!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the kind comment!

    I think you’ll find this post super helpful:

    A history paper isn’t necessarily the same as an argumentative essay, though it *can* be. It really depends on how you approach your topic. Read that suggested post though, it should help you get started!


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    • Hehe hopefully it was a good thing. Thanks for the thank you. 🙂

  • Ralph

    this helped me so much!!! Thank you ???

  • Sheyla

    Thanks, very helpful.

  • pooja

    i love this blog … you are an awesome teacher …

    • Aww, shucks. Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

  • Hehe I’m 100% positive you could be as smart as me. Happy this helped and thanks for the kind comment! 🙂

  • Mariah

    I’m not the best at writing essays, especially argumentative ones… This is a huge help! Thank you so very much!! 🙂

  • Kittybell128

    Thank you so so so so so so so so much Naomi!! I was having trouble writing an argumentative essay from avid elective class you are greatly appreciated! *bows down to you*
    You will be a great writer I promise 🙂
    P.S. have you made any more of these?

  • Hi Danielle,

    Yay! Final complete! Congrats and happy this helped. Thanks for the kind comment. 🙂

  • Cristela Ramirez

    I was stumped in class by the prompt for a six paragraph essay. This article is great. THANK YOU!

    • Noiiice! Happy this helped you. Thanks for the comment.

  • Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! So happy that this post helped you get to the finish line. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂 Naomi

  • HI Bob,

    You might find this blog post helpful:

    Happy writing!

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  • The person

    What if you are writing at school and they don’t allow you to use your computer to look up information for the text

  • Karthick Kumar

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    You’re awesome! Thanks a lot for this excellent blog post Naomi.

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    Wow i love this. Thanks Naomi for the educative piece.

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    I’m in love with this phenomenal blogger.*SIGHS*

  • Muah! 🙂 Happy to help.

  • Gian Casetta

    Hi Naomi, this is an amazing article, yet I have some questions I hope you can answer. I’m about to sit for the FCE in two days, and it’s mandatory that I write an essay. I don’t know the type of essay nor the topic of it. How would you recommend me to study for it? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hi Gian,
      Ooh! You must be feeling the pressure. I’m sure you’ll do great, especially since you are reaching out for advice.

      This post should help you a lot:

      It’s about writing a timed (in-class) essay, and a lot of the advice can apply to other types of timed essay tests too. Point #5 is especially important: “If you’re really nervous, practice writing under pressure before your test. Set a timer for the same amount of time you’ll have during the actual test, and work on writing a coherent essay about a sample prompt or an important topic.”

      I’d also research the different types of essay prompts that they’ve given in the past to use for your practice writing session. Maybe this resource will help?

      I wish you the best on your FCE!

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  • So glad you think it’s helpful! Thanks for reading! xoxo

  • Tania Dorothee

    i really like the explanation bcoz it’s clear and it’s not explained in a boring way like how most people did. thanks a lot! this really helped my homework :))

    • Great! That’s exactly what I was going for. So happy it helped you. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  • Anthony Muraya

    Very helpful article! Thank you so much!

  • 楊海欣

    Hi, it is really a clear and detailed graph. Could I cite it in my assignment?

    • Sure, you’re welcome to cite it 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  • Carson Brown

    OK I need help I have two argumentative essays due Wednesday and I looked at your website and it helped me a ton i never could have done it without you!!! thx so much. now i just need to make one…

    • You’ve totally got this!!

      • Carson Brown

        THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am already almost done and it is mostly because of this page! Thanks for the words of encouragement! U guys are the best.

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  • Rosita Guerra Bustamante

    Loved the explanation! Thanks a lot for being that graphic

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    what a deal 😁😊

    • We’re all about saving you time! 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  • Shenniah

    I have Exams tomorrow and this really helped me alot…Thanks Naomi 🙂

  • carl


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    Oh thank goodness! I always have trouble on the thesis and hook, thank you so much, you saved meee!

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  • Dana Villanueva

    Amazing. Helped me like hell

    • So glad you found it useful, Dana! Thanks for reading.

  • Rene Bronkhorst

    Thank you this saved my butt

  • Ahmed M. Abdel Aziz

    Is this good for an argumentative essay titled ( Animals in Captivity )??

    Have you thought why animals roar,cry, weak, looking upset? And why caged birds sing? In 2014 a research from Harvard University showed that 10,000 animals from different species around the world
    die every year out of loneliness, violence, shortage of food and air and lack of freedom. Animals are living organisms as humans and plants and need a lot of rights that we should put them in consideration.

  • Cheryl

    I can not THANK YOU for ALL of this information!!! I wrote, deleted, rewrote, deleted, over and over again for days! You have helped me so much with my project!!

    • So glad you found it helpful, Cheryl!! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Satwika

    This is soooo good. Thank u

  • Hi V!

    We can’t write your essay for you, but we have lots of resources to help. Here are lots of posts on argumentative essays:

    I’d also recommend that you check out some of the example essays in our database: . They’re great inspiration!


  • Crimson Streak

    This helped me very much I was writing one for one of my teacher

    • Woot! Glad you found it helpful, thanks for commenting!

  • Fox

    Hi, i’m writing on free tuition

    • Amanda I

      That sounds like a pretty awesome topic, but I might be a little biased ;). If you consider your main arguments in support of (or against) free tuition and follow the template above you should be well on your way to writing a great paper. If you need some inspiration, you can always check out our essay examples database. Here are the results for “free college tuition”

      Good luck to you!!

  • Nikki Lives

    Hi Corinna,
    We’re glad to hear this helped! 🙂 Good luck on your essay!

  • Hassan El Kalloubi

    this is the best structure i have ever seen in my life
    a lot of thinks Naomi Tepper

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    Happy to read.. it helps a lot.