Persuasive Essay Outline—Minimum Criteria

Paragraph #1 Introduction of Persuasive Essay (40+ words)
Introduce topic, author, text+ 2 sent. summary of text

Thesis Statement (3+ sentences)
Take a stand on your topic
(topic +opinion about topic+ 3 reasons that support opinion)

Odysseus and his crew are responsible for their misfortunes because(reason #1)________________,(reason #2),______________________, &(reason#3)_______________________________________________.

Paragraph #2, 3, &4 Body Paragraphs—Repeat for ALL body paragraphs
#1 sentence Topic sentence ­­gives first reason that supports thesis #2 sentence Concrete detail­starts with For Example(lead into example)

#3 sentence Commentary—explain how your example proves your point—starts with—This shows that…
#4 sentence Commentary—elaborate­­say more about sent. 3
#5 sentence Concrete Detail—start with In addition(lead into example)
#6 sentence Commentary—explain how your example proves your point—starts with—This shows that…
#7 sentence Commentary—elaborate­­say more about sent. 6
#8 sentence Concluding sentence—closing commentary about this point  starts with—As a result, OR Because of this,

Paragraph #5 Concluding Paragraph of Persuasive Essay (40+ words, all commentary)
Summarize the opposing argument,
Acknowledge the other side—start with—Although some would argue that…
Rephrase thesis points  Closing sentence that finishes essay

Thesis Sentence
1st Reason
2nd Reason
3 rd Reason

Concrete Detail=

examples, quotes, paraphrasing, proof from the text—You must always “lead into” an example or quote.  In other  words, you have to introduce the example (Odysseus’ behavior can sometimes be described as arrogant when he confesses his name to Polyphemus, “Tell them that it was me, Odysseus that blinded you.”).

Commentary=

Analysis, interpretation, your thoughts about your opinion—why you believe the way you do?  Explain

Concluding Paragraph=

This is the last paragraph of your essay. It rephrases your thesis points.  A closing sentence that may include a final comment about  your topic.

Persuasive Essay Conclusion=

In a persuasive essay, you need to summarize the opposing argument, and acknowledge the other side—start with—Although some would argue that…