Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Academic Essay Outline

 

I.  Intro

     A.  *(Optional) Attention-getter

     B.  Intro:  1 or more paragraphs introducing your topic (History/Background/Relevant Facts)

     C.  Opposition:  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the side opposite yours

     D.  *(Optional) Establish your authority

     E.  Thesis statement (What should the reader know/think/do as a result of having read your paper?):

________________________________________________________.

 

II.  Body

     A.  Topic sentence that identifies main point:

________________________________________________________.

       1.  Support (specific): ________________________________________________________

       2.  Support (specific):  ________________________________________________________

     B.  Topic sentence that identifies main point: 

________________________________________________________.

       1.  Support (specific): ________________________________________________________

       2.  Support (specific): ________________________________________________________

     C.  Topic sentence:

________________________________________________________.     

           

1.  Subpoint:  __________________________________________.

a.  Support:

________________________________________________

b.  Support:

________________________________________________

 

2.  Subpoint:  __________________________________________.

a.  Support:

 ________________________________________________

b.  Support:

________________________________________________

 

III.  Conclusion:  Leave your reader thinking without introducing new ideas.

 

*C is a model for a main point that can be broken into subpoints.

 

*If you have more main points, add them on the back.  If fewer, simply leave the bottom spaces blank.