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Unformatted text preview: Making an Outline for Your Essay An outline is a blueprint for your essay. Making an outline will help you determine how the different parts of your argument fit together and will help you focus and balance your essay. Much of the work of composing an essay is done when creating an outline. If done well, an outline can make the process of writing the essay much easier. The following is a list of things I expect to see in your outline: A working thesis statement (“working” because you might alter it). This is the main idea of your essay, the statement that is the focal point for all of your analysis. Your thesis can be one or two sentences and should convey the most essential ideas about how your novel and work of visual art are related; however, you should avoid listing minor ideas that might serve as topic sentences for your body paragraphs. Find a you should avoid listing minor ideas that might serve as topic sentences for your body paragraphs....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course WRT 150 taught by Professor Laidlaw during the Fall '07 term at Grand Valley State.
- Fall '07