How to Write a Basic Essay Outline

 

Basic Essay Outline

Each Roman numeral in the outline represents a paragraph.  Each capital letter below each Roman numeral represents a point that will be addressed within the paragraph.  Use this outline to determine the key points that will be addressed in your essay.

I.     Introduction

         A.  Hook to Gain Reader’s Attention

         B.  Lead in to Thesis Statement

         C.  Thesis Statement

II.    First Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

III.    Second Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

IV.    Third Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

V.    Fourth Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VI.    Fifth Major Point

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VII.    Rebuttal

        A.     Topic Sentence

        B.     Supporting Details and Evidence

        C.     Closing Statement

VIII.   Conclusion

        A.     Restatement of Thesis or Main Points

        B.     Call to Action

        C.     Closing Statement

Basic Essay Format

Introductory Paragraph –Introduce the topic of your essay with a interesting hook such as a surprising fact or statistic, a brief story, or a controversial idea.  Give some background information on why it is a timely topic or why it is pertinent to be addressed.  What is happening in the world that makes this topic something that needs to be addressed?   The last sentence should state what you will prove about the topic.  (The thesis statement is last sentence in introduction).

Body Paragraph 1 (First Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 2 (Second Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 3 (Third Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 4 (Fourth Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 5 (Fifth Major Point)—Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to a new point that will be addressed in next paragraph.

Body Paragraph 6 (Rebuttal)–This paragraph states the opposition’s view to your stance on the issue being discussed in your essay.  Begin with a topic sentence, which addresses what the entire paragraph will be discussing.  Add supporting details and provide evidence that support the topic sentence.  Add a closing statement that transitions to the conclusion paragraph.

Conclusion Paragraph—Several methods are good to use here—give a restatement of thesis worded slightly differently from introductory paragraph.  Use a call to action for the reader to do something or stop doing something.  Sum up major points brought out in body of essay and close with an overall message to the reader.

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

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