Outlining Your Ideas
A Part of the Research Process
Here are examples of the two types of outlines.
We will be using the sentence outline.
The Sentence Outline
Below is the first part of a sentence outline for a report that was previously written. Notice that the outline begins with the thesis statement for the report. Then it lists a topic sentence for each middle paragraph. The author then marshals the evidence that supports the topic sentence, listing that underneath each one.
*A Few Things to Note*
In an outline...
- if you have a I, you must also have a II.
- If you have an A, you must also have a B.
TRY IT NOW: Create Your Outline
Using the information from your notes template, create a sentence outline for your report. Be sure that each sentence (this is the I, II, and III) supports the thesis. In addition, be sure that each piece of evidence (this is the A, B, C, . . .) supports its topic sentence. When finished, please print your final outline and turn in to Mrs. Aday.