Outlining a text while writing
When it comes to writing, everyone plans a bit differently. Over the years, I have found that students who plan well before they write often write better and have a better product to show for it. So, I’m a big believer in planning. In my view, an outline is the best method of plan your writing since it shows you a picture of your thoughts — what they are, what order they come in, and how you flesh them out and make them both interesting and solid.
For this exercise, I want you to write an outline that has the following characteristics.
- It should have roughly the same structure as the sample OWL at Purdue outline (Links to an external site.).
- It should have three main sections (I, II, III) after the introductory section.
- Each section should have two or three main ideas (A, B, C)
- Under each main idea, there should be one or two details (1, 2)
- Under at least one of the details, there should be two to three examples (a, b, c)
- Each of the items mentioned above (main sections, main ideas, details, examples) should be written as phrases (not sentences nor just a word or two).
- Also, please write a one-sentence thesis statement.
- You do not need to include a conclusion (but you must include the introductory section and three other main sections)
Remember, that you are NOT writing an essay. Instead, you are practicing writing a highly structured, well detailed outline for a possible essay.
You may choose to create an outline on any topic that you find interesting. So, the options are limitless. Good luck and have fun!