The Sentence Outline

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					The Sentence Outline:

To create a sentence outline, take the following simple steps

1) At the top of a blank sheet of paper, write down your paper's thesis.

2) Beneath the thesis, write down the topic or topic sentence for each paragraph of the
essay, in the order in which they appear.

3) Check your thesis and organization. Read your outline from top to bottom, evaluating
the flow and focus of your argument or exposition. Does each topic represent an
argument in support of your thesis? Are the ideas/arguments arranged in the most
effective order possible?

4) Within each topic, write every sentence in that paragraph. Each sentence supports the
topic of the paragraph. Have you identified the topic of that paragraph clearly enough
within the paragraph, either with a clear and identifiable topic sentence or through some
other means? Does each sentence in he paragraph contribute to supporting that topic or
topic sentence?


Organization for the Sentence Outline:


Subdivide topics by a system of numbers and letters, followed by a period.
Example:
I.
    A.
    B.
       1.
       2.
          a.
          b.
II.
    A.
    B.