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Published: 09/12/2019
KS4 | Writing
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Structuring an argument

A useful template for structuring a piece of writing to argue/persuade on any topic. Guides students to make claims with evidence and explanations, plus counterclaims and counterarguments. Includes sentences starters and a reminder of appropriate techniques.

Sample content

Topic:

Opening statement or question (Remember this needs to hook your audience. It needs to be dramatic and engaging!):

Introduction (Why should we care about this topic? Tell us what your argument is going to do.):

Claim:

Reason:

Evidence:

Explanation:

Counterclaim:

Counterargument:

Most important point (Put your most powerful point last – i.e. build up to it.):

Conclusion (Remind us why this subject is so important!):

   

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