Basic Outline

Suggested Outline

Introduction

  1. The hook – use an interesting fact, or a quote; give reader a reason to continue
  2. Background – give brief information to introduce your thesis statement
  3. Thesis statement  – state clearly the direction you will take with the topic / optional: include points of development

Body Paragraphs

  1. Write a topic sentence on the first point of development
    1. Provide details, examples, reasons, illustration, or facts to support your topic sentence.
    2. Conclude and lead into the next paragraph
  2. Write a topic sentence on the second point of development
    1. Provide details, examples, reasons, illustration, or facts to support your topic sentence.
    2. Conclude and lead into the next paragraph
  3. Write a topic sentence on the third point of development
    1. Provide details, examples, reasons, illustration, or facts to support your topic sentence.
    2. Conclude and lead into conclusion

Conclusion

  1. Restate the thesis statement
  2. Summarize main points
  3. Final thought