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3.5 Outline Format

                                                          3.5 Essay Outline

Topic _____________________________________________________________________

Narrow topic _______________________________________________________________

I.  Introduction

          A.       Background information (interesting facts, statistics, rhetorical questions)

                     1.  ________________________________

                     2.  _________________________________

          B.  Thesis Statement: (Narrow topic + 3 Reasons) ____________________________________________________________________________

                                            __________________________________________________________________________________________________.

II.    ________________________________________ 
                      (Reason #1- medium strength)

   A.    ___________________________________ 
                         (Supporting idea #1)

                   1.   ________________________________
                                   (Example/detail)

                   2.     ________________________________
                                    (Example/detail)

             B.    ___________________________________
                                  (Supporting idea #1)

                    1. ________________________________
                                    (Example/detail)

                     2. ________________________________
                                   (Example/detail)

 

III.  ______________________________________
                      

              A.    _________________________________
                             (Supporting idea #1)

                      1.     ______________________________
                                (Example/detail)

                      2.     ______________________________
                                (Example/detail)

              B.    ___________________________________
                       (Counterclaim with supporting details)

                      1.     ______________________________
                                       (Example/detail)

                       2.     _____________________________
                                       (Example/detail)
 

IV. ___________________________________
             (Reason # 3- strongest reason)    

          A.    _________________________________
                               (Supporting idea #1)

                       1.     ______________________________
                               (Example/detail)

                       2.     ______________________________
                               (Example/detail)

           B.    _________________________________
                               (Supporting idea #2)

                       1.     ______________________________
                               (Example/detail)

                       2.     ______________________________
                               (Example/detail)
 

 V.    Conclusion

A.    ______________________________________________________
              (Restatement of the thesis/summary of aspects)

 

B.  ______________________________________________________

(Recommendations or Outlook for the future and “Thank you” if appropriate)