How to Write an Outline
What is an Outline?
An outline is a great way to organize your thoughts as well as organize information from what you've read. It provides a brief, overall view to correlate and rearrange ideas. It can be useful to prepare a speech, essay or novel as well as a handy tool for memorization while studying.
Gather research material. Obtain newspapers, magazines, books or helpful computer pages. Obtain detailed material that will support a topic.
Decide upon a sentence, paragraph or chapter. Or gather ideas into sections."
Number major ideas in a consecutive, logical order. Indent and alphabetize supportive ideas under each major idea. Expand upon a point of view. Include examples. Use brief words or phrases rather than full sentences. Choose concise, descriptive words.
Add smaller divisions, as needed.
Decide upon your major ideas. In a wikiHow article: Create an introduction, steps, tips, then warnings. In study: Follow the course of a textbook.
In a novel: Create a rising action, climax, then resolution.
Record information to support each major idea. Eliminate irrelevant information.
Connect each major idea with a logical flow.
Tips: A sentenced outline may be more comprehensive. Use as a memorization tool. Choose concise words to trigger a concept.
Use a computer. Many provide outline tools. It's quick to add, delete or rearrange information.
Organize according to purpose to logically support a position: To compare and contrast. Also include examples. To present cause and effect. To define or analyze a particular aspect.
To present one side of an argument or both.
To provide evidence and draw to a conclusion. To present a problem, then provide a solution.
Towards the strongest point of view.
I. A. B. C. II. A. 1. 2. B.
Quick Way to Start Strong
- Topic Sentence (make it strong)