In this little video am going to be discussing how to outline an essay with ease. Okay, I’ll admit it; sometimes even when I’m the best writer in the class, I find that it is a bit of a struggle to get my ideas down on paper. Okay, I can give a lecture and people still will not understand, but I have to deal with my emotional response to certain topics or events, and this gets in the way of the “punch line”. Okay, I’ll admit it; I’m a writer and sometimes I have to write like a student, depending upon the topic and the length of the assignment.
So, I’m pretty good at outlines. Except for the times when I’m forced to use mnemonics. But even then, I can easily follow an outline. Let’s talk about how to create an introduction to your essay. The introduction is the first paragraph of your essay, and it is absolutely the most important part.
When I say it is the most important part, I mean it. You should spend a lot of time writing an introduction. I can’t stress this enough. Why?
Because it is the summary of your arguments. When you summarize your arguments, you are able to show why you believe what you are writing. You are able to show the reader who you are and what your research says. And most importantly, you are able to point out your thesis statement in your main thesis statement. You should have all of your points covered in this introduction, and you should do this in a way that is logical and well-organized.
An argument is a section of your paper that is an extension or elaboration of one or more paragraphs in your main thesis statement. You should write an argument before you write a paragraph. You should write an argument before you write a paragraph because you need to be able to properly express or describe your argument in this manner. If you try to write an argument without using examples, you are just guessing at what you are trying to say. If you guess, you may come up with something that is technically incorrect, but it will not be correctly expressed in your writing. You need to use examples to make sure your points are properly expressed and that you are making sense to the reader.
Finally, the last step of how to outline an essay is to organize your ideas and thoughts so that they make sense. This is a critical step in outlining. If you do not organize your ideas in a way that makes sense, then you will not understand your own ideas clearly enough to present them to your audience. Once you have organized your ideas in a way that makes sense, you will need to connect these points to one another using concrete examples, graphs, and other visual illustrations. When you have effectively organized your ideas and presented them to your audience, they will be easier for you to understand and remember. When you know how to outline an essay, writing one will be like a breeze.