Outline Guidelines

 

What’s the TITLE OF Your ESSAY ? (It should reveal your thesis. )

 

This is a generic, basic outline. Note that the magic minimum is always three (three body paragraphs and three examples minimum in each paragraph). As you are conducting literary analysis, you should naturally discuss the author’s techniques where they arise, NOT as topic sentences. As this is an outline, you do NOT have to write in complete sentences. Bullets are sufficient. Cite page numbers and note what literary techniques are used.

 

I Thesis Statement/Controlling Idea as applied to title(s) and author(s). Your thesis should be interesting and arguable. Stay away from Captain Obvious. Be insightful and specific.

a. Topic #1 to be discussed in essay: This supports thesis.

b Topic #2 to be discussed in essay: This supports thesis.

c Topic#3 to be discussed in essay: This supports thesis.

OPTIONAL PARAGRAPHS

d. Topic point #4 to be discussed in essay: This supports thesis.

e. Topic point #5 to be discussed in essay: This supports thesis.

 

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

1. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

2. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

3. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

4. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (TBE or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

 

What literary techniques are used in your evidence in this paragraph? When you write your essay, be sure to mention them in your set up of a quote or in the analysis!

 

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

1. Supporting point/Assertion:

+Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

2. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

3. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

4. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (TBE or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

 

What literary techniques are used in your evidence in this paragraph? When you write your essay, be sure to mention them in your set up of a quote or in the analysis!

 

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

1. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

2. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

3. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (quote or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

4. Supporting point/Assertion:

+ Specific Example (TBE or paraphrase) & Explain Example (Connect example to topic sentence):

 

What literary techniques are used in your evidence in this paragraph? When you write your essay, be sure to mention them in your set up of a quote or in the analysis!

 

Follow the same format for OPTIONAL PARAGRAPHS

 

PART V Conclusion: how you proved thesis/controlling idea (Summary Statement):