I’m trying to study for my Writing course and I need some help to understand this question.

Following the directions below please create an outline for a paper that I have already written. I will attach the paper.

On a single page, outline your own argument on your issue of choice. This will help you to clearly structure the paragraphs of your argument before you go on to write it all out.

An outline is, essentially, the “skeleton” of your argument. In order to create your outline, you need to know your main-claim, all of your sub-claims (more specific claims that support your overall claim), and the evidence you will use to support each sub-claim (your sources). You will also need to understand the requirements of the assignment. I suggest you refer to “notes on organization” and “technical requirements” on the Researched Argument prompt to ensure you are including all necessary components. For example, for your “Introduction” bullet-point, you might want to look at what is required in the introduction and list each of those requirements as sub-bullets; that way, you will not forget to include those components when you go to write your actual essay. The same advice goes for each of your body paragraphs, which will revolve around each of your specific sub-claims; the Researched Argument prompt includes a detailed explanation of what each of those claim paragraphs should include as well.

Your outline should follow a formal format for clarity and readability:

I. The outline should be in sentence form.

A. That means that each section of the outline must be a complete sentence.

B. Each part may only have one sentence in it.

II. Each Roman numeral should be the topic of a paragraph.

A. Uppercase letters are main points of the paragraph.

1. Numbers are sub-points of the paragraph.

a. Lowercase letters are sub-points of the numbered sub-points.

B. Sub-points need to correspond with the idea they are under.

1. This means that uppercase letters refer to the idea in the Roman

numeral.

2. This means that numbers refer to the idea in the uppercase letter.

3. This means that lowercase letters refer to the idea in the number.

III. All sub-points should be indented the same.

A. This means that all of the uppercase letters are indented the same.

B. This means all numbers are indented the same.

C. This means all lowercase letters are indented the same.

IV. No sub-point stands alone.

A. Every A must have a B.

B. Every 1 must have a 2.

C. You do not need to have a C or a 3, but you can if you want to further develop

your idea.

V. Lowercase letters (sub-sub-points) are not necessary, but you may use them to delve more deeply into your sub-points.

There is no requirement for the amount of paragraphs your essay must contain. You must have an introduction paragraph or section, multiple body paragraphs or sections, and a conclusion paragraph or section. Otherwise, you may create as many paragraphs as you deem necessary to both meet the page requirement and fully develop your essay.

 

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