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After some brainstorming or idea mapping, or sometimes much later in the writing process, many students benefit from filling in a blank outline form like this one.  At times, this technique can be helpful, even if the student fills in only part of the outline.

Outline for Persuasive Essay

I. Thesis Statement

    A. Introductory story or restatement of topic

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    B. Thesis statement

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II. First Reason

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    A. Give examples to support reason, and/or

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    B. Give statistics to support the reason, and/or

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    C. Cite an authority to support the reason, and/or

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    D. Tell a story to support the reason.

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III. Second Reason

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    A. Give examples to support reason, and/or

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    B. Give statistics to support the reason, and/or

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    C. Cite an authority to support the reason, and/or

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    D. Tell a story to support the reason.

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IV. Third Reason

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    A. Give examples to support reason, and/or

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    B. Give statistics to support the reason, and/or

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    C. Cite an authority to support the reason, and/or

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    D. Tell a story to support the reason.

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V. Fourth Reason

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    A. Give examples to support reason, and/or

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    B. Give statistics to support the reason, and/or

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    C. Cite an authority to support the reason, and/or

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    D. Tell a story to support the reason.

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VI. Conclusion

    A. Restate thesis statement.

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    B. Apply thesis statement to life.

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