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Outline of an Essay

I. Introduction
A. Begin creatively! (Start with a question, scenario, quote, statistic/fact, exclamatory statement.)
B. Include focal sentences. (These are the sentences that make up the topic.)
C. Include the Three-Point Thesis Statement. (This is a sentence or sentences stating the points of discussion.)

II. Body Paragraph #1
A. Begin with a clear topic sentence that includes key words from the first thesis point.
B. Three Different Details and Examples
–provide specific characteristics of the examples
C. Transitional Sentence (Optional)

III. Body Paragraph #2
A. Begin with a clear topic sentence that includes key words from the second thesis point.
B. Three Different Details and Examples
–provide specific characteristics of the examples
C. Transitional Sentence (Optional)

IV. Body Paragraph #3
A. Begin with a clear topic sentence that includes key words from the third thesis point.
B. Three Different Details and Examples
–provide specific characteristics of the examples
C. Concluding Sentence

V. Conclusion
A. Rephrased Thesis (Restructure the thesis, keeping the points in the same order.)
B. Summary of the Essay
C. Own thoughts, ideas, philosophies about the topic (End with a bang!)

Informal Outline of the Essay

I. Intro.
A. Question(s)/Quote/Fact/Exclamatory Statement


B. Focal Sentences (2 Statements discussing the Topic Generally)


C. Specific 3-Point Thesis Statement
1)_________________________________________________
2)_________________________________________________
3)_________________________________________________

II. Body Paragraph 1
A. Topic Sentence w/ Key Word(s)


B. Detail 1:_____________________________
Example 1:___________________________
Detail 2:_____________________________
Example 2:___________________________
Detail 3:_____________________________
Example 3:___________________________

C. Transitional Sentence (End this discussion and lead into the next. Key words needed!)

III. Body Paragraph 2
A. Topic Sentence w/ Key Word(s)


B. Detail 1:_____________________________
Example 1:___________________________
Detail 2:_____________________________
Example 2:___________________________
Detail 3:_____________________________
Example 3:___________________________

C. Transitional Sentence (End this discussion and lead into the next. Key words needed!)

IV. Body Paragraph 3
A. Topic Sentence w/ Key Word(s)


B. Detail 1:_____________________________
Example 1:___________________________
Detail 2:_____________________________
Example 2:___________________________
Detail 3:_____________________________
Example 3:___________________________

C. Conclusion Sentence (End this discussion. Key words needed!)

V. Conclusion
A. Rephrased Thesis (in order of discussion)
B. Summary of Essay
C. Closing Thoughts

Pages: 2 Double spaced (550 words)
Style and Sources: Not Applicable, No sources
Free extras: N/A
Study level: College
Assighnment type: Essay
Subject: Literature and Languages
Language: US