How to Write an Outline

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Subject: Making an outline

Choose a topic which interests and challenges you. Your attitude towards the topic may well determine the amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into your research. Focus on a limited aspect, e.g. narrow it down from "Religion" to "World Religion" to "Buddhism". Obtain teacher approval for your topic before embarking on a full-scale research. Select a subject you can manage.

Find information. Surf the Net for general or background information, check out useful URLs, general information online, almanacs or encyclopedias online such as Britannica. Use search engines and other search tools as a starting point. Check out public and university libraries, businesses, government agencies, as well as contact knowledgeable people in your community. Check out other print materials available in the Library. Read and evaluate.

Do some critical thinking and write your thesis statement down in one sentence. Your thesis statement is like a declaration of your belief. The main portion of your essay will consist of arguments to support and defend this belief.

All points must relate to the same major topic

Example of an outline:

I. INTRODUCTION - (Brief comment leading into subject matter - Thesis statement on Shakespeare) II. BODY - Shakespeare's Early Life, Marriage, Works, Later Year. Early life in Stratford. 1.Shakespeare's family. Shakespeare's father, Shakespeare's mother

2. Shakespeare's marriage, Life of Anne Hathaway, Reference in Shakespeare's Poems, Shakespeare's Works like Plays , Tragedies , Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet etc.

Shakespeare's Later Years containing last plays,retiring to Stratford ,death, burial, Epitaph on his tombstone…

III. CONCLUSION which contains analytical summary, Shakespeare's early life,Shakespeare's Works, Shakespeare's later years, reworded thesis, concluding statement.

The purpose of an outline is to help you think through your topic carefully and organize...
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