Why create an outline? There are many reasons; but in general, it may be helpful to create an outline when you want to show the hierarchical relationship or logical ordering of information. For research papers, an outline may help you keep track of large amounts of information. For creative writing, an outline may help organize the various plot threads and help keep track of character traits. Many people find that organizing an oral report or presentation in outline form helps them speak more effectively in front of a crowd. Below are the primary reasons for creating an outline.
If the outline needs to subdivide beyond these divisions, use Arabic numerals inside parentheses and then lowercase letters inside parentheses.
Full Sentence Outlines
The full sentence outline format is essentially the same as the Alphanumeric outline. The main difference (as the title suggests) is that full sentences are required at each level of the outline. This outline is most often used when preparing a traditional essay.
For our purposes, you are to use the alphanumeric formatEXCEPT for the thesis statement and topic sentences for each paragraph. These are to be completed in the full sentence format.
You also need to include in-text citations for the literary criticism and quotes from the story you are using. For example, one of your bullet points might be a quote from the story: – I would expect you to write the actual quote you are using followed by the in-text citation - (Stockton 23).
Conclusion- TOPIC SENTENCE HERE
Conclude the essay and your findings based off of your research
Do NOT simply restate your thesis and/or topic sentences in the same words. Find a creative way to sum up what you have told me.
Works Cited Page
All works referenced must be present
In text citations must match reference page citation
You should NOT have any entries on your works cited page that are not used in your paper.
You should NOT use any information – direct quotes, paraphrasing, or even an idea – that is not your own without including it in the works cited.
This is an example outline. While you MUST include quotes/paraphrase from the story and at least two sources of literary criticism, your paper does not necessarily have to be in this order, nor does it have to be a certain number of paragraphs.
I read all of the stories. Do not summarize them for me. I am interested in your thoughts about how the author uses an element to develop theme.
You are the expert here – do not say “I think,” “I believe,” or anything of the sort. You are writing the paper – they are obviously your thoughts.
Do not use you, we, us, our, or any other personal pronouns. You are not speaking directly to the reader.
Do not use contractions (unless you are directly quoting a story or critic).
Give credit where credit is due. Just because you change a few words does NOT mean you wrote it. Even if you change every single word in a paragraph to a synonym, it is STILL plagiarizing if it is not your original idea. Be careful – ask if you are not sure, and if you cannot ask me for some reason, just cite it.
Turn on the grammar and style check at home to help you edit your paper. Click on Review Language Language Preferences Proofing. Look for the drop down menu titled “Writing Style” and choose “Grammar and Style.” Then, click settings and click all of the unchecked boxes.