The Stupendous, Spectacular European Country Report!<br />Outline to Rough Draft Guidelines<br />BODY OF THE PAPER<br />
Hopefully, you’ve written a thorough and complete sentence outline by now. Now your job is to take that document and use it to create paragraphs for a Rough Draft.
You may type or write your Rough Draft. Either skip a line if writing, or use 2.0 spacing if typing.
Each Roman numeral in your outline indicates a new paragraph. However, depending on how detailed your information is for each Roman numeral, you may split those into multiple paragraphs. Thus, you will have a minimum of seven, but perhaps more, paragraphs when finished.
* Here is an example of how to turn your outline into several paragraphs using a baseball example:<br />Baseball is born.<br />Rounders <br />Rounders originated in England in the 1600s. <br />There were differences between rounders and baseball. <br />The Abner Doubleday theory <br />Many people think Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839. <br />Doubleday's friend, Graves, claimed he was a witness. <br />A commission credited Doubleday with inventing the game. <br />Historians say that theory is bogus. <br />Baseball becomes popular <br />Interest in baseball soared after 1900. <br />It became kids' favorite warm-weather sport. <br />Crowds followed pennant races and World Series. <br />Star players become national heroes. <br />It became known as "
the national pastime."
<br />Quote from philosopher Jacques Barzun: "
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball."
<br />The Babe Ruth era <br />Babe Ruth joined the NY Yankees in 1920 <br />He played outfield. <br />He hit more and longer home runs than anyone before. <br />Other heroes <br />Lou Gehrig. <br />Rogers Hornsby. <br />Radio stations begin broadcasting games. <br />
Play-by-play accounts reached millions of people.
Can you imagine a time when baseball was not our National Pastime? Believe it or not, that time was not too long ago. The first version of baseball to be created was called Rounders, which had quite a few differences from modern baseball. Many believe that Abner Doubleday was the first person to invent what is now known as baseball, with his friend Graves as a witness. Today, many historians believe that account to be untrue. Yet the history of baseball’s development from new game to National Pastime is colorful and interesting nonetheless.<br />After 1900, interest really began to sore in this game called baseball. It became the favorite warm-weather sport for kids everywhere. Crowds began to follow pennant races and the World Series. Star players became national heroes. How did this happen? In a word, it was Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth joined the New York Yankees in 1920. He played outfield and hit more and longer homeruns than any player had before. It was thrilling to watch him play, and interest in the game grew. Other heroes who came along in that time were Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby. Once radio stations began broadcasting the games of these players, there was no stopping the rise in baseball’s popularity. It was a phenomenon.<br />INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION<br />Introduction<br /> Often students choose to write the introduction and conclusion after they have written the body of the paper. It can be easier, but you decide what works best for your brain. They will essentially say the same thing, but in different words.<br /> The introduction is the first thing a person will read in a paper. Therefore, it should be interesting, keep the reader’s attention, and encourage the reader to continue. The introduction should begin with a catchy opening. Here are some examples:<br />Begin with a quotation. Just make sure you explain its relevance<br />Begin with a question<br />Begin with an acknowledgment of an opinion opposite to the one you plan to take<br />Begin with a very short narrative or anecdote that has a direct bearing on your paper<br />Begin with an interesting fact<br />Begin with a definition or explanation of a term relevant to your paper<br />Begin with an analogy. Make sure it's original but not too far-fetched<br />Excerpted from: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/<br />Next, begin discussing the topic in a very general way, and then finally narrow down to the thesis statement.<br />Thesis Statement<br /> The thesis statement is the main focus of the paper boiled down to one concise statement. Major topics to be discussed should be mentioned in this statement.<br />Example: The following is an example of a quality introduction written by an actual BBCHS student. The thesis statement is underlined here to be visible. Do not underline it in your paper.<br /> Every year, thousands of people travel from all over the world to Paris, to see the many attractions that can be found there. The city of romance has an irresistible draw to visitors. It is famous for its elegant dining in both the old community and the new, more contemporary part of the city. However, there are a few places in Paris that no wise visitor leaves without seeing. Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre are three of the tourist attractions that are exciting to the world.<br />Conclusion<br /> The conclusion contains basically the same information as the introduction. Begin with the thesis statement restated in different words. Then, expand to the more general topic at the end of the paragraph.<br />Example:<br /> Three of the world’s most exciting attractions, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre are located in Paris. In order to view each site, visitors see both the old and new sections of the city, where they may sample the famous French cuisine. Therefore, it is no surprise that the city of romance continues to attract visitors from around the world.<br />Modified from: http://www.bbchs.k12.il.us/dept/English/introduction_and_conclusion.htm<br />The Keyhole Method – Another Way to Look at Your Writing!<br />The Introduction, Body and Conclusion of your paper should look like an old-fashioned keyhole:<br />The introduction should start out broad and general about your topic with a catchy opening, then narrow down to a very concise thesis statement.<br />The body of your paper should be nice and fat with all your examples, details and quotes.<br />The conclusion should be the mirror image of the introduction: restate the thesis statement in new words, and move back into the broad and general to your closing sentence, often an opinion of your topic.<br />Broad Opening<br />Specific thesis statement<br />FAT body!<br />Restated specific thesis<br />Broad closing<br />