Outline Creates a “map” of your essay Includes Thesis Statement Topics Concrete Details (Major Supporting Details) Commentary (Minor Supporting Details) Crucial for success on college-level essays
Thesis Statement Main Idea of the essay Includes SUBJECT + OPINION/ASSERTION about the subject MUST be present in EVERY essay GLUE that holds the essay together
Topic Sentences Main idea of a supporting paragraph Directly related to the thesis statement Supported/Explained by supporting details
Supporting Details CONCRETE DETAILS MAJOR supporting detail Elaborates on topic sentence COMMENTARY MINOR supporting detail Elaborates on each concrete detail BOTH are used together to fully explain the point introduced in the topic sentence.
Sample Outline Thesis Statement: Poverty is filth that can’t be cleaned, help that isn’t wanted and memories that can’t be erased. Body Paragraph 1: Topic Sentence: Poverty is dirt. Supporting Detail 1 (CD): Housekeeping with no money Commentary: Breakfast Commentary: Soap Supporting Detail 2 (CD): No Luxuries Commentary: Vaseline Commentary: Hot water Adapted from the essay “What is Poverty” by Jo Goodwin Parker
Application Complete the outline for the remaining Topic Sentences: Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help. CD: cm: cm: CD: cm: cm: Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering. CD: cm: cm: CD: cm: cm:
Application – How did you do? Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help. CD: Difficulty in asking cm: Only way out cm: Asking for children, not for self CD: Process of asking - frustrating cm: Never the right person cm: Never the right office Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering. CD: Never the right office cm: Cruel children cm: Started working CD: Getting Married cm: Happy at first cm: Things got worse
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