How to Write a Basic Outline for an Essay


As important as the skeletal system is to the human body, so is the outline to the well written essay. Without years of writing experience, scripting an essay lacking a skeletal structure often results in the essay plunging into an unorganized, stretchy mound of its former self. Successful essays start at the bare bones of the discussion, before incubating into the adolescence of drafting and finally into adulthood through revision.

  • Create bulletin points structuring the introductory paragraph. Include pertinent information to your subject(s), such as background facts, a summary and a thesis.

  • List the information you plan to use in your first paragraph. Include evidence to support your thesis' claim, such as an example, and why the example strongly supports your thesis.

  • Repeat the previous step to outline the second body paragraph. Bullet facts and reasons to support the second idea of your thesis.

  • Formulate a third list of points to support the last claim of your thesis.

  • Introduce a last set of bulletin points to discuss in the conclusion, such as a summary of the paragraphs, restating the thesis and how the evidence presented affects the primary subject of the essay.


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