Argument Essay Thesis Statement and Planning

Argument Essay – Prewriting Template


· There are 4 steps for this assignment: Planning (1), Rough Draft (2), Revised Draft (3), and Edited Draft (4).

· In order to complete the writing assignment correctly and to receive the maximum amount of points for your work, you must complete all 4 steps.

· Points will be deducted for any missing step.

· Review the assignment instructions and the grading rubric carefully to ensure that you have completed all of the required elements before submitting your prewriting assignment.

Honor Statement

Read and sign this honor statement prior to submitting your assignment:

By typing my name in the space provided, I certify that all words and ideas in my writing assignment are mine alone, and, if I used another person’s words or ideas (by summarizing, paraphrasing, or directly quoting), I gave credit to that author, and I also put quotation marks around any direct quotations.

By signing my name, I also understand that, if I have copied someone else’s ideas or words, I have plagiarized, and I understand that the penalty for plagiarism is course failure.

Student Name: _________________________________________


Writing Prompt: In an argument essay, a writer chooses a debatable or controversial topic, takes a position on the topic, and seeks to argue his/her position about the topic, using examples, evidence, and support. Complete the following four steps: brainstorm about the required topic (Step 1), compose a five paragraph essay rough draft (Step 2), revise the essay (Step 3), and edit the essay (Step 4). Be sure to support your argument.

Step 1: Argument Essay Thesis Statement and Planning

Directions: Complete all of the elements of the planning; otherwise, the content of your piece will not be accurate.

My Topic:

My Attitude:

My Purpose:

My Thesis Statement:

My Audience:

  1. How much does my audience know about my      subject?
  2. Age? Gender? Race? Social status?      Location? Religion?
  3. Where does my audience stand on the      issue; are they opposed or neutral?



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