essay outline

Outline:

I. Introduction

a. Thesis:

b. Context (Background/Historical/Cultural Information):

c. Hook/Attention Grabber (first sentence):

II. (Body 1) Topic/Reason 1:

a. Supporting detail 1:

b. Supporting detail 2

c. Source Sandwich

i. 1. Introduce the summary

ii. 2. Insert the summary and CITE it in parentheses

iii. 3. Explain how the summary is important to you/your opinion.

d. Transition

III. (Body 2) Topic/Reason 2:

a. Supporting detail 1

b. Supporting detail 2

c. Source Sandwich

i. 1. Introduce the quotation

ii. 2. Insert the quotation and CITE it in parentheses

iii. 3. Explain how the quotation is important to you/your opinion.

d. Transition

IV. (Body 3) Topic/Reason 3:

a. Supporting detail 1

b. Supporting detail 2

c. Source Sandwich

i. 1. Introduce the paraphrase

ii. 2. Insert the paraphrase and CITE it in parentheses

iii. 3. Explain how the paraphrase is important to you/your opinion.

d. Transition

V. (Body 4) Topic/Reason 4:

a. Supporting detail 1

b. Supporting detail 2

c. Transition

VI. (Body 4) Counterargument:

a. Objectively explain the opposing side:

b. Politely explain why you disagree with this point of view (Refutation):

c. Transition

VII. Conclusion

a. Restated Thesis:

b. Wrap-up the essay.

c. Take-Away (what you want the audience to learn or remember)/Suggestion for change.