Outline Structure

  1. Introduction
    • Thesis: Indicate your topic, your main point about that topic, and the points of discussion for that topic.
  2. Body Paragraph 1: Topic sentence goes here.
    • Supporting evidence: A paraphrase or quote from one of your sources goes here, along with an in-text citation.
      • Explanation of the meaning of the supporting evidence.
      • So what? A direct statement on how the supporting evidence does in fact support the claim made in the topic sentence.
  3. Body Paragraph 2: Topic sentence goes here.
    • Supporting evidence
      • Explanation
      • So what?
  4. Body Paragraph 3: Topic sentence goes here.
    • Supporting evidence
      • Explanation
      • So what?
  5. Conclusion:
    • Rephrased Thesis Statement: Rephrase your thesis.
    • Strong Closing: Close your paper with the significance of this discussion. Why is this discussion important?