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Preliminary Essay Outline: Getting Started

Introduction
General Statement: about the topic. This should grab your readers attention.
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Overview of Main Points: ideas that you will discuss in further detail in the body of your essay.
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Thesis Statement: Should answer the What? Why? How? So What? (This is the core of your essay)
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Body of Essay
Main Point/Paragraph 1:
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Supporting Point 1 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Supporting Point 2:______________________________________________________________________________


Supporting Point 2 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Supporting Point 3 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Transition Sentence: concludes your paragraph and point. It should also relate to your thesis:
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Main Point/Paragraph 2:
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Supporting Point 1 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Preliminary Essay Outline: Getting Started


Supporting Point 2 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Supporting Point 3:______________________________________________________________________________


Supporting Point 3 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Transition Sentence: concludes your paragraph and point. It should also relate back to your thesis:
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Main Point/Paragraph 3:
Topic Sentence _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Supporting Point 1:______________________________________________________________________________


Supporting Point 1 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Supporting Point 2:______________________________________________________________________________


Supporting Point 2 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Supporting Point 3:______________________________________________________________________________


Supporting Point 3 Evidence (Quote, Paraphrase, Example, etc.)
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Transition Sentence: concludes your paragraph and point. It should also relate back to your thesis:
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Conclusion
Thesis Restated:
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Summary of Main Points:


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Closing Sentence: (a suggestion for the future, something memorable to leave for your reader, possible research
questions for future analysis, a solution to the problem you raised)
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Academic Success Centre, UOIT


Located in U6 Portable
905-721-8668 ext. 6578
academicsuccess@uoit.ca
http://academicsuccess.uoit.ca
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