Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Structure of an Essay: Outline

When writing a research paper or an essay, it is most helpful to create an outline. The benefits of an outline are as follows:

  1. Aids in the process of writing
  2. Organizes your thoughts
  3. Presents your material in a logical format
  4. Shows the relationships among ideas in your writing
  5. Constructs an ordered overview of your writing
  6. Defines boundaries and groups

The following is a structure of an outline illlustrating a four-paragraph essay.

  • Introduction
    1. Introductory statements
    2. Thesis statement
    3. Introduce supporting ideas (optional)

  • Body
    1. First Supporting Idea
      1. Transition, Topic sentence
      2. Discussion, example and analysis
      3. Conclusion (optional)

    2. Second Supporting Idea
      1. Transition, Topic sentence
      2. Discussion, example and analysis
      3. Conclusion (optional)

  • Conclusion
    1. Transition, statement reflecting back on thesis
    2. Restate key points
    3. Ending statement that provokes thought (optional)

    Let's view an actual essay Outline. Structure of an Essay - Outline