Outline for Essay Writing
- Start with a sentence that will catch the attention of the reader, but
also introduces the subject of the paper.
- Narrow subject
- Give background information.
- Cite author and article, short story, or poem on which your essay is based.
- Define terms your readers might not know.
- Name Main Points - Usually two or three, in the same order in which
will be discussed in the essay body.
- State Thesis - Opinion or point of view you intend to defend, to be
supported by main points.
- Main Point - First (same for Second and Third)
- Topic Sentence - Introduce first main point; limits paragraph
to only that topic.
- Examples that are illuminative and provide proof for you topic.
- Explanation and details
- Return to general discussion as in INTRODUCTION.
- Restate Thesis (NOTE: Restating the thesis means rewording the thesis,
not simply "cutting & pasting it").
- Concluding Statement - Ends essay with impact and makes it more than
simply a repetition of the Introduction.
- Discuss implications of thesis.
- Propose solutions for thesis.
- Relate thesis to something beyond scope of essay: how does
thesis fit into relevant, larger picture like society, humanity, government, science, personal relations, etc.
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