Writing an Essay
Writing the Outline

Writing the outline

As you gather evidence to support your thesis, a tentative outline should form in your mind. At this time you need to formulate your outline by making a draft of it. This draft can be revised until it becomes the final copy of your outline.

This is a sample of an outline for an essay on the retention of the seal fishery.

Retention of Seal Fishery

  • Introduction
  • Reasons
  • Cod fishery
  • Products
  • Employment
  • Thesis statement
  • Cod fishery
  • Depletion of stock
  • Seal consumption
  • Seal excrement
  • Loss of employment
  • Weakened economy
  • Products
  • Oil
  • Meat
  • Furs
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Ornaments
  • Employment
  • Seal fishing
  • Land
  • Gulf
  • Manufacturing
  • Canning
  • Conclusion
  • Summary
  • Thesis statement

Note the format for the main headings and the subheadings. There shouldn't be an A without a B or a 1 without a 2. In other words, there must be a minimum of two subheadings.

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