But those willing to craft a paper that’s worth A will need to create an essay outline and organize their research in one place before writing.
Each essay needs Introduction, Body (paragraphs with arguments), and Conclusion; so, a general format of your essay outline will include all these components. Introductiona) Introduce a topic b) State a thesis II. Paragraph-1a) Write a topic sentence (the argument for your thesis) b) Support this argument: data, facts, examples c) Explain how they relate to your thesis III. Paragraph-2a) Write a topic sentence (another argument for your thesis) b) Support this argument: data, facts, examples c) Explain how they relate to your thesis IV. Paragraph-3a) Write a topic sentence (another argument for your thesis, or a counterargument) b) Support this argument, or explain why the counterargument doesn’t work: data, facts, examples c) Explain how they relate to your thesis V.
When outlining your essay, keep them in mind so you wouldn’t miss any arguments, evidence, and examples while writing. Conclusiona) Summarize all main points b) Restate your thesis c) Add a call to action: what you want readers to do after reading your essay As a rule, students use the linear style when formatting their essay outlines.
Just compare: Alphanumeric format: Decimal format: An alphanumeric outline is the most common one, but you are welcome to use a decimal outline structure if it seems clearer and more comfortable for you.
Also, feel free to use complete sentences or just brief phrases for each section of your essay outline.