University of the Sacred HeartCenter for Language Development Across the Disciplines CREATING YOUR OUTLINE
Reasons for Making an Outline Helps the writing process Identifies boundaries between topics Helps organize important ideas Helps present those ideas logically Makes comparisons and contrasts easier to understand
Explaining Outlines Outlines: o Topic outlines - used when discussing general topics o Sentence outlines - used when explaining complex details All outlines need a title, thesis statement, introduction, body, and conclusion.
Creating the Outline After selecting a main topic, divide categories and subcategories. Outlines use: o Roman numerals for major topic divisions (I) o capital letters (A) o Arabic numerals (1) o lower-case letters (a)
Outline Examples Topic Outline
Outline ExampleSentence Outline
The Marketing Plan Outline Provides direction for marketing activities. Details what you want accomplished with your marketing strategy. Helps you meet your objectives.
Remember Decide whether to use the Topic Outline or the Sentence Outline. Make sure your outline is clear and concise, and in a specific order (intro-body-conclusion). The outline should be divided with Roman numerals, capital letters, Arabic numerals, and lower-case letters.
Remember It should also include the title and the thesis statement of the work. This is the perfect time to write the first sentence of your essay (attention getter).
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