Outline - Due Friday

posted Oct 30, 2014, 7:18 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 6:55 AM ]
After you have filled out your graphic organizer, create a new Google Doc titled Outline.  Following the sample below and my instructions in class, put the info from your graphic organizer into outline form.  Share the document with me at agarrison@skiatookschools.org, using the "Can Comment" option.

If you need more information, see the BOTTOM video here for more detailed instructions on creating outlines in Google Docs:  MLA Outline in a Google Doc.  An additional sample outline can be found here:  http://academictips.org/mla-format/mla-format-sample-paper-with-cover-page-and-outline/.

Sample outline:

Joe Shmoe

Mrs. Garrison


30 October 2014

                                           Give Your Paper a Title

Thesis:  You will put your newly revised thesis statement at the head of your

document.  Remember to double space everything.

I. Major points should receive upper case Roman numerals and should appear

   as far to the left as your computer will allow you to put them.

        A.  Subpoints receive capital letters.

        B.  Please remember that if you have a I, you must also have a II. 

                1.  If you have an A, you must also have a B.

                2.  If you have a 1, you must also have a 2, and so forth.

                         a.  Of course, having an "a" means that you must also have

                              a "b."

                         b.  See what I mean?  Outlines observe a principle of


II.  And then you give another main point at the left margin.

        A.  The farther to the left an item appears, the more general it

              will be.

        B.  The farther to the right a point appears, the more specific it

              will be.

        C.  Thus areas of white space on your outline provide a key

              to understanding the relationships between assertions

              related to the thesis (topic sentences) and information

              that supports those assertions.

III.  Furthermore, the outline assignment gives you an opportunity to

       organize your argument before you cast it in a full draft, which

       is the next assignment coming down the pike.

        A.  You will be able to see the relationships between ideas

              more easily.

        B.  You should also be able to notice if parts of the outline

              are out of place.

        C.  In short, the outline assignment enables you to show me

              your project at a stage when problems are highly fixable.

        D.  I strongly encourage you to take the fullest possible

              advantage of this opportunity to further your thinking and

              to get my feedback.

IV.  Finally, when you guys use sources, be sure to use

       parenthetical citations.

        A.  These might look like the following:

                1.  "To be or not to be" (Hamlet 3.1.57).

                2.  Russ McDonald states that "the Ghost speaks a

                     sentence that may reflect Shakespeare's training in

                     Latin" (41).

        B.  And, again, if you have an A, make sure that you have a B.

(from http://faculty.winthrop.edu/fikem/Courses/ENGL%20305/305%20Outline%20Assignment.htm)