Syllabus, ENG 102
The Big One
In Text Citation
MLA page
Form and Format
Elements of Literature
A Doll's House
Short Research Essays
Grade form
Reading Journal
Literature Essays
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Outlining is a skill that requires practice. There are several benefits to outlining a paper before writing the whole thing:

To organize your thinking and writing around one strong thesis.

To visualize the paper as a whole.

To eliminate extraneous information that does not add to or support the thesis.

To see areas that are weak or lack in development.

Remember an outline is not just choosing a new number for each new sentence. In a sentence outline, there may be more than one sentence per section. Each new section needs to be related to the section above and below it with the section number or letter showing that relationship.

There is an exercise in outlining at the link below. Try to outline the sample essay--especially looking for the type of organization that is used and how the essay develops from the thesis.

Link to exercises