In the sample outline above, there are three claims, each backed by three points of evidence. You may find that you have more claims to make.(Keep in mind that your assignment may already dictate how many claims are required for your specific paper, so make sure to read the assignment guidelines again carefully before starting.)A claim is a statement you make to support your argument.
It’s generally one of the key arguments of your paper and often the topic sentence of a paragraph.
In an argumentative essay, the thesis statement should clearly state your position on the topic and give a reason for your stance.
In our essay about eating insects, the thesis statement might look like this: A diet of insects can help fix problems related to starvation, obesity, and climate change; therefore, US citizens should learn to rely on a variety of insects over chicken, beef, and fish as their main source of protein and nutrition. Using this word makes it clear you’re taking a stance on the argument.
Read these posts: If you need a few examples before you start writing your own thesis, take a look at these example argumentative thesis statements.
Once your introduction is in place, you can move on to the next section and develop the key arguments that will support your thesis statement.
If you’re having trouble coming up with a good hook, I recommend reading these posts: The next part of your intro is dedicated to offering some detailed background information on the topic.
This will help readers understand the topic and set the stage for the focus of your paper.
Here’s how your argumentative essay outline would look if you turned it into a pretty picture: Let’s break down the four elements and take a look at what needs to be incorporated into each.
Your first sentence is comprised of a hook that grabs readers’ attention just like a good Jackie Chan movie grabs the attention of a martial arts fan.