ELA 8: Argumentative Essay Outline

ELA 8: To Kill a Mockingbird Argumentative Essay Prompt & Outline

DUE: Friday, May 27, 2016

Prompt: Atticus says, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win”(Ch.9, pg 76). Now that you have read the whole text, what do you think? Does it make sense for Atticus to take a stand to defend Tom Robinson? Give evidence from the text to support your thinking, and be sure to take into account what people who disagree might say.

*This essay should pertain to the story which takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama in the early 1930’s.


Essay Outline

I. Introduction

a) Hook- A sentence or two to capture your reader’s interest

b) Introduction (book title, author, scenario/ background)- You also can mention the prompt

c) Argument

d) Counter argument

e) Claim- This is your thesis/ your main stance on the prompt issue

II. Argument

a) Reason #1

b) Evidence #1

c) Reason #2

d) Evidence #2

e) Reason #3 (optional)- You should have an extra reason if your claims don’t strongly support your claims

f) Evidence #3 (optional)

III. Counter Argument

a) Reason #1

b) Evidence #1

c) Reason #2

d) Evidence #2

e) Reason #3 (optional)- You should have an extra reason if your claims don’t strongly support your claims

f) Evidence #3 (optional)

IV. Argument vs. Counter Argument- Rebuttal (optional)

a) For every counter argument reason, you need to address why your argument is better/correct

V. Conclusion

a) Reiterate your argument and counter argument

b) Reiterate your claim and show why your argument is best