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Outline Format - your body paragraphs Each reason should be...

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Outline Format This is a guide to what pieces you need to include when you create an outline for an essay. I have included further information with each category. Your outline may have more or fewer reasons than the three I’ve outlined below. Question: This is the question that the teacher has asked you, and is sometimes also called the prompt. Answer: This should be your answer to the question or prompt, and this is also called your thesis. Remember to ask yourself if it is something that a reader would care about. Reason 1: This is the first reason you have to explain why your answer to the question is what it is. It might help to imagine yourself saying, “I believe my thesis is correct because of _______.” What goes in the blank are your reasons (in this case Reason 1), which will be the main points of
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Unformatted text preview: your body paragraphs. Each reason should be clearly related to the thesis. When you expand the outline into a rough draft, you should specifically state how each reason supports your thesis. Don’t expect your readers to figure out the connection without you explaining it to them. Proof/Details – these should be specific facts or occurrences that support Reason 1. If you are writing about a story, these details will be things that happened in the story or things that the characters in the story said. Be sure to explain how the details you’ve picked support your Reason 1. Reason 2 Proof/Details Reason 3 Proof/Details...
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