how to make an outline for an essay
Most analytical, interpretive, or persuasive essays tend to follow the same basic pattern. This page should help you formulate effective outlines for most of the essays that you will write.
1. First main idea:
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A thesis statement is the main point that the content of your essay will support. It is an contestable assertion, usually made in one or two sentences, that makes a clear argument about your research topic.
- Assert a strong position that can be challenged and debated, rather than merely describing or stating facts that cannot be contested
- Form a complete sentence that clearly explains to the reader the overall direction of the essay
- Be sufficiently narrow rather than broad, so the topic can be adequately addressed in the essay
- Communicate a single, overarching point rather than multiple points that may be too difficult or broad to support
- Be clear and specific, as opposed to overly vague, open-ended, or general
First supporting idea
- Transition, topic sentence
- Discussion, examples, and analysis
- Conclusion (optional)