CURR 1011 - Creating an Outline

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CURR 1011 - Creating an Outline

  1. 1. The Writing Process: Making Your Words Work for You<br />CURR 1011<br />Project 2<br />Prairie View A&M University<br />
  2. 2. Organizing ideas<br />
  3. 3. Outline<br />Creates a “map” of your essay<br />Includes<br />Thesis Statement<br />Topics<br />Concrete Details (Major Supporting Details)<br />Commentary (Minor Supporting Details)<br /> Crucial for success on college-level essays<br />
  4. 4. Thesis Statement<br />Main Idea of the essay<br />Includes SUBJECT + OPINION/ASSERTION about the subject<br />MUST be present in EVERY essay<br />GLUE that holds the essay together<br />
  5. 5. Topic Sentences<br />Main idea of a supporting paragraph<br />Directly related to the thesis statement<br />Supported/Explained by supporting details <br />
  6. 6. Supporting Details<br />CONCRETE DETAILS<br />MAJOR supporting detail <br />Elaborates on topic sentence<br />COMMENTARY<br />MINOR supporting detail<br />Elaborates on each concrete detail<br />BOTH are used together to fully explain the point introduced in the topic sentence. <br />
  7. 7. Sample Outline<br />Thesis Statement: Poverty is filth that can’t be cleaned, help that isn’t wanted and memories that can’t be erased. <br />Body Paragraph 1:<br />Topic Sentence: Poverty is dirt. <br />Supporting Detail 1 (CD): Housekeeping with no money<br /> Commentary: Breakfast<br /> Commentary: Soap<br />Supporting Detail 2 (CD): No Luxuries<br /> Commentary: Vaseline <br /> Commentary: Hot water<br />Adapted from the essay “What is Poverty” by Jo Goodwin Parker<br />
  8. 8. Application<br />Complete the outline for the remaining Topic Sentences:<br />Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help.<br />CD:<br /> cm:<br /> cm:<br /> CD:<br /> cm:<br /> cm:<br />Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering.<br />CD:<br /> cm:<br /> cm:<br /> CD:<br /> cm:<br /> cm:<br />
  9. 9. Application – How did you do?<br />Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help.<br />CD: Difficulty in asking <br /> cm: Only way out<br /> cm: Asking for children, not for self<br /> CD: Process of asking - frustrating<br /> cm: Never the right person<br /> cm: Never the right office <br />Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering.<br />CD: Never the right office <br /> cm: Cruel children<br /> cm: Started working<br /> CD: Getting Married<br /> cm: Happy at first<br /> cm: Things got worse<br />
  10. 10. Homework<br />Part 3 – Outline –Check guidelines for due date<br />Part 4 – Annotated Bibliography - Check guidelines for due date<br />Not following the assigned formats for your submissions will result in a grade reduction. Please pay close attention to assignment guidelines. <br />

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