Name: _________________________

 

Generic Outline

 

I Introduction. Intro general sentence(s

 

Thesis Statement + title(s) and author(s):

 

a. Supporting point #1 to be discussed in essay: [*]

b. Supporting point #2 to be discussed in essay: *

c. Supporting point #3 to be discussed in essay: *

 

II A #1 Topic of Paragraph (focus on supporting point #1 from intro):

 

1. Supporting point[†]:

Proof[‡]:

Explain Example[§]

2. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

3. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

 

III B #2 Topic  of Paragraph (focus on supporting point #2 from intro)[**]:

 

1. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

2. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

3. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

 

IV C #3 Topic of Paragraph (focus on supporting point #3 from intro):

 

1. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

2. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

3. Supporting point:

Proof

Explain Example

 

ADDITIONAL PARAGRAPHS MAY BE ADDED using the same structure.

 

 

Conclusion: Wrap it up. Did you prove your thesis? (Summary Statement):



[*] These supporting points may or may not be discussed in your introduction; however, they must be present in your outline as they indicate a clear plan. Each point becomes a category for a section or paragraph of your essay.

[†] This is your observation or assertion.

[‡] This is your Text-Based Evidence (TBE). It might be a specific paraphrase or a direct quote. Include page numbers.

[§] This is the most important part of your essay. This is where you make connections for your readers. Assume that they don’t understand. This is the ANALYSIS part of your essay.

[**] You will follow the same structure as you did for Paragraph 1 for each body paragraph.