Reverse outlining is a process whereby you take away all of the supporting writing and are left with a paper’s main points or main ideas, sometimes represented by your paper’s topic sentences.Your reverse outline provides a bullet-point view of your paper’s structure because you are looking at the main points of the paper you wrote.By viewing the structure of your paper from the vantage of a reverse outline, you can make productive decisions about whether to keep certain paragraphs or cut them from a draft.
Hook_______________________________________________________ b. Thesis statement______________________________________________ c. Argument #1_________________________________________________ d. Argument #2_________________________________________________ e. Argument #3_________________________________________________ II.
Argument #1_________________________________________________ b. Example #1____________________________________________ c. Example #2____________________________________________ d. Example #3____________________________________________ e. Transition_____________________________________________ Body Paragraph #2 a. Argument #2_________________________________________________ b. Example #1____________________________________________ c. Example #2____________________________________________ d. Example #3____________________________________________ e. Transition_____________________________________________ Body Paragraph #3 a. Argument #3_________________________________________________ b. Example #1____________________________________________ c. Example #2____________________________________________ d. Example #3____________________________________________ e. Transition_____________________________________________ III.
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Just as you’re getting comfortable in your chair, your teacher hits you with it: A 5-page, size 12 font research paper… The sky goes black, your breakfast turns to a brick in your stomach. By writing whatever came to my mind and connecting those thoughts, I was able to come up with quite a few influential people to write about — I could come up with EVEN MORE if I kept writing!!
If you follow these 11 steps I promise you will write a better essay, faster. and before we get started, I HAVE to share with you the # 1 tool needed to write your research paper… To overcome that writer’s block, or simply avoid it happening in the first place, we can use a skill called mind-mapping (or brainstorming) to come up with a topic that is relevant and that we’re interested in writing about!
You don’t want to have to go back later and dig up the information a second time just to list the source you got it from!
To help with this, you may be familiar with the option to “Bookmark” your pages online — do this for online sources.
If your reverse outline shows two paragraphs that make similar points, consider combining them or revising one so that it does not make too similar a point.
If one item on your reverse outline discusses more topics than other paragraphs, that may be a paragraph your reader will struggle to follow.