Research Paper Formal Outline

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Formal Outline

Title:

I. Introduction
A. Narrative Hook: Sentence to engage reader in your topic.
B. Background on what the paper will be about.
C. Thesis Statement: One-two sentences informing the reader what they will learn from reading the paper. It can outline what the main sub-topics of your paper will be.

II. Body Paragraph One: Sub-Topic 1
A. Topic Sentence: What will this paragraph be about. (O)
B. Evidence from Research. Should be direct or indirect quote with citation! (E)
1. Analysis of research. This is 1-2 sentences explaining the research you included. (A)
C. Evidence from research. (E)
2. Analysis of research. (A)
D. Evidence from research. You should vary direct and indirect quotes. But what you can in your own words. Truly well-worded quotes can remain direct. (E)
3. Analysis of research. Transition to next idea. (A)

III. Body Paragraph Two: Sub-Topic 2
A. Topic Sentence: What will this paragraph be about.
B. Evidence from Research. Should be direct or indirect quote with citation!
1. Analysis of research. This is 1-2 sentences explaining the research you just included.
C. Evidence from research.
2. Analysis of research.
D. Evidence from research.
3. Analysis of research. Transition to next idea.

IV. Body Paragraph Three: Sub-Topic 3
A. Topic Sentence: What will this paragraph be about.
B. Evidence from Research. Should be direct or indirect quote with citation!
1. Analysis of research. This is 1-2 sentences explaining the research you just included.
C. Evidence from research.
2. Analysis of research.
D. Evidence from research.
3. Analysis of research. Transition to next idea.

V. Conclusion Paragraph
A. Review main ideas of paper covering each sub-topic a little.
B. Restate your thesis statement in new words. Reflect: has your paper proved your thesis statement? This is your last place of defense.
C. Reverse Narrative Hook: leave your readers with something to...
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