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***Any of the three styles may be used for constructing the body of the outline that you will turn
in to me. Just be consistent . However, regardless of your chosen style, your introduction and
conclusion should be written out in full sentences. Samples of these 3 styles appear on the following pages. Full-Sentence Outline
Topic: Yellow Ribbon
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the custom of wearing or tying a yellow ribbon
in remembrance of those who are absent
Thesis statement: The custom of the yellow ribbon began with the English Civil War, continued
during the U.S. Civil War, re-emerged with the Vietnam war, and hit its stride during the Middle
I. Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon.
She wore it in the winter
And the merry month of May
When I asked her, Why the yellow ribbon?
She said, It’s for my lover who is far far away. What you have just heard is the opening lines of the song “Round her neck she wore a
II. I’m sure most all of you have seen yellow ribbon magnets on the back of cars or perhaps
many of you have even worn a yellow ribbon in support of a loved one in the armed
forces. But do you know why we have this practice in our culture? III. Today I am here to inform you about the custom of wearing or tying a yellow ribbon in
remembrance of those who are serving in the war. IV. I will tell you about the beginnings of this practice during the English Civil War. Next, I
will tell you how those in the U.S. adopted this practice during our own Civil War. Then,
I will tell you how the tradition continued during the Vietnam era. Finally, I will tell you
why this custom continues today.
BODY I. The custom of the yellow ribbon began during the English Civil War in the 1640s.
The Puritan Army went to war against King Charles I and his Royal Army.
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