BK Writing Lab

Outlining a Paper
Val Doner & Paul DiGeorgio, Ph.D.

 

Use this handout to help you outline a paper.

Topic:

Thesis: A thesis sums up what the paper will tell the reader.  It is not the topic. 

          The topic is the subject of the paper, the thesis tells the reader something

          about the topic.  The thesis should be at least one complete sentence, it

          must be logical, and the writer must make a claim that he or she can prove

          with the content of the paper.

 

I. (First Major Division of the Topic)

A. (The first area of analysis: topic sentence)

          1.(elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                              a.

                              b.

                              c.

B. (The second area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

          a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

          b.

          c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

C. (The third area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

 

 

 

II. (Second Major Division of the Topic)

A. (The first area of analysis: topic sentence)

          1.( elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                              a.

                              b.

                              c.

B. (The second area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

          a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

          b.

          c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

C. (The third area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. (Third Major Division of the Topic)

A. (The first area of analysis: topic sentence)

          1.( elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                              a.

                              b.

                              c.

B. (The second area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

          a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

          b.

          c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

C. (The third area of analysis: topic sentence)

1. (elaboration on the point being made)

                    a. (specific example, quote, or paraphrase)

                    b.

                    c.

          2.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

          3.

                    a.

                    b.

                    c.

 

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