An essay outline is commonly associated to a framework. Basically, preparing an outline is an effective means to guarantee that the finished essay makes sense. In other words, the flow is undeterred by unplanned infusion of subtopics here and there.
There are two known methods of prepping up an essay outline:
1. First, you borrow another’s outline. Top ranking result of a Google search (for essay outlines) should bring you to Eleanor Wakefield’s “Writing Essays.” The two-page pdf file is made available in the net, courtesy of the University of Washington Tacoma’s TLC or Teaching and Learning Center.
The first page conveniently enumerates the essay’s seven (7) elements, while the second page provides a flexible Essay Outline.
If you don’t find this outline to be fitting in your piece, you can always surf around for other outlines. An important cue here is not for you to blindly stick to those outlines that accurately fit, as this is time-consuming and equally frustrating.
Rather, find an essay outline that may strike a good balance to your piece, or has the potential of bringing your essay at its best form.
2. Or, you improvise your own outline. This would be great if you’re in the mood to really bring it on and challenge yourself. For a more guided process of preparing an outline, consider WikiHow’s “How to Write an Essay Outline.”
This page, which was edited by Noveen Nauman, offers four methodologies: the Basic Outline Structure, the Expository Essay, the Argumentative Essay , and the Narrative Essay.
Opting to make your own outline and doing this in a consistent manner should help you perfect your outline preparation routines.
See sample essay outline below from unm.edu.
Outline for Essay Writing
A. Start with a sentence that will catch the attention of the reader, but also introduces the subject of the paper.
B. Narrow subject
1. Give background information.
2. Cite author and article, short story, or poem on which your essay is based.
3. Define terms your readers might not know.
C. Name Main Points – Usually two or three, in the same order in which they will be discussed in the essay body.
D. State Thesis – Opinion or point of view you intend to defend, to be supported by main points.
A. Main Point – First (same for Second and Third)
1. Topic Sentence – Introduce first main point; limits paragraph to only that topic.
2. Examples that are illuminative and provide proof for you topic.
3. Explanation and details
A. Return to general discussion as in INTRODUCTION.
B. Restate Thesis (NOTE: Restating the thesis means rewording the thesis, not simply “cutting & pasting it”).
C. Concluding Statement – Ends essay with impact and makes it more than simply a repetition of the Introduction.
1. Discuss implications of thesis.
2. Propose solutions for thesis.
3. Relate thesis to something beyond scope of essay: how does thesis fit into relevant, larger picture like society, humanity, government, science, personal relations, etc.