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Looking for Structure Examples of an Argumentative Essay

Writing an argumentative essay takes a lot of research and work but can take longer if you don’t know how to write in the proper structure. There are resources out there to help you learn the structure. I will tell you where you can find them and how a basic argumentative essay should be set up.

Where to Find Examples

  • The first thing you should do when you are looking for examples of an argumentative essay, consult your textbook. If you’re doing this essay for a class, there might be examples of the structure in your textbook.
  • If you can’t find anything there, doing a quick Google search will give you everything you need to know about the structure of the essay. You can find great examples on college and university sites that are accurate and easy to follow.
  • If, for some reason, you don’t have internet access, then you can borrow a book from the library on the subject or purchase a book about it from a bookstore to have on hand as a reference.
  • If you still can’t find any examples, ask your instructor about the structure of your essay. They will also tell you exactly what they want, which will give you a better grade.


  • The first paragraph or two is the introduction. This is where you start your claim and give a little bit of background information to introduce the reader to your essay.
  • The next one or two paragraphs will give more background information on the subject. This will give you the foundation for your argument.
  • The next few paragraphs will tell the reader the evidence that you have gathered to support your argument. These paragraphs should give good facts and not your opinion. The point of an argumentative essay is to lay out the facts to the reader not your opinion.
  • After you have given the reader your take on the subject, you want to dedicate a paragraph or two to the counterargument. This shows the reader that you not only researched you stand but are also giving respect to their stand as well.
  • Lastly, you want to write the conclusion to your essay, this should be writing in two parts, one paragraph that sums up your essay and another that show your instructor that you writing this essay without letting your opinion overshadow it. Critical and analytical thinking should be used in this part.