Creating An Outline

My senior year of high school, I had a lot of practice writing outlines. I had a strict, intimidating English teacher, but it was the most useful experience. The following outline is what I was expected to turn in for every paper I wrote that year. (Note: This is just one way, out of the multiple way, to write an outline!!)

Intro: Thesis statement followed by claim a, b, c, etc.

I. Transition + Claim A
a. Supportive Claim
b. Supportive Claim

II. Transition + Claim B
a. Supportive Claim
b. Supportive Claim
c. etc.

III. Transition + Claim C
a. Supportive Claim
b. Supportive Claim

IV. Transition + Claim etc.
a. Supportive Claim
b. etc.

Conclusion

*Notes:

  • 1. The thesis and each roman numeral should be in sentence format.
  • 2. The roman numeral introducing your new claim should include a transition at the beginning. This will help you create smooth transitions between ideas.
  • 3. If you list your claims in the order of a, b, c, then it should appear in your paper in the order of a, b, c. There can be more than three claims.
  • 4. The supportive claims should not be in sentence format.
  • 5. It would be nice if there are at least 2 supportive claims for each claim; if you can only think of 1, that’s fine.
  • 6. Do not worry about your conclusion yet. Sometimes it can be easy to write your conclusion first and sometimes it’s easier to write last.
  • 7. DO NOT end your paper with: In conclusion, Overall, etc.
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