Make sure that you have read my assignment directions for the Outline below (all of them) before getting started. This is not a standard, labeled outline!
Design your own plan in any order that makes sense.This outline is for you!Describe each section as specifically as you can at this time. Your thesis and plan will shift as you research and write; make adjustments as you go.
Remember, you will be developing no more than one supporting idea in each paragraph, of course it should take several paragraphs to develop that one idea. This is, after all, a draft of an outline, so grading will not be concerned with how “perfect” your writing is, though a basic proofreading and revision for grammar is expected.
Assessment for this draft will be based on the following:
Readings: Rules for Writers, Chapter 4, Building Effective Paragraphs.
Instructions: For each major point/reason include a description of what type of support you will use. See types of support in Chapter 3. Be as specific as you can at this point. (Reference all sources in the sections that they will be used. Do not use the actual quotes. Use MLA citations as they will appear in your paper.)
Example: Perhaps in Section One you think a detailed description of an actual event will establish your understanding of the situation with your readers. Describe that section—what scene will you be describing? Perhaps in Section Three you plan to write extended definitions of the three main terms you will be using throughout your paper. List the terms. Perhaps in Section Two you will present your first concrete example of the issue using source material. Briefly describe that example and name and cite the source you will be using here.
Introduction: (Context /Problem/Claim) Thesis
Section #1: (Establish common ground/credibility)
Support One: Extended Definition? (See Chpt 3) Historical analysis? Description or Narrative Scene to set the stage? (See Chpt 3)
Support Two: ______________________(Source #1 ?) ( MLA citation)
Section #2: (Detailed explanation of the issue as it relates to your thesis?)
Support One: Cause and Effect? Analysis? (See Chpt 3)
Support Two: Example from…? (source #2?) (MLA)
Section #3: (Definition of terms)?
Support One: Definition paragraphs?(See Chpt 3)_______, ________,______
Sections #4, #5, #6, etc.
Compare and contrast paragraph? Condition A with Condition B, or…
Argument from Source 1 with Argument from Source 2, etc.
See the sample outlines I have posted. These are just examples.
Essay Examples: Chapter 6k. This is an essay on online news. Chapter 57b. This is an essay on regulating healthy eating choices. Both essays are annotated with helpful tips on writing strategies and are strong examples of researched essays. Study them in order to get a good sense of the structure of a research essay in order to develop your outline.