Outline Academic Essay

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Introduction

Hello! Thank you for watching VisiHow! Today, we will be discussing with you a three-part series on how to create an outline for an academic essay. This is the first part. We will be discussing the introduction.

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Steps

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    To begin, our paper does need a title.
    The title does not necessarily need to be created before we begin writing. If we are not good with coming up with titles for our paper, we can usually create the title in the middle or after we have written the entire paper. It's one of the last things we can actually do. We just have to keep in mind that we don't have to come up with the title before we begin the writing process.
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    In order to begin the writing process for our outline, we'll need to adhere to the Roman numeral system.
    How are we going to do that? We put the letter "I". This is Roman numeral 1.
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    At the beginning of our essay or outline, we need an introduction.
    Before writing the introduction, we need to write the capital letter "A", slightly indented. We need to write an exciting opening. We need something that's going to keep the reader interested in learning more. We want him to get past the introduction and read the rest of our paper. An exciting opening can be a story, a statistic or figure, or a historical event. The opening can take many forms, depending on what the topic of the paper is. The opening needs to capture the attention of our audience with the statement.
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    After we've made the opening statement, we put the letter "B" and provide our thesis.
    Our thesis is a statement that should take ideally one or two sentences. It needs to state our position: the object of argument in the paper or the contents of the paper. This needs to be stated quite clearly.
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    After we've made the thesis statement, we can put the letter "C" and provide a brief overview on our supporting points.
    These will be the points that we've selected to enhance the information that we've provided in the thesis. What we want to do is to make our argument and then give a number of points stating the reason for the argument. The number of points may depend upon how long the paper is. Generally, three supporting points are enough. In longer papers, we can go more into detail that is more convincing for our argument. We provide more support with detail than with points, which may crowd the paper.
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This does conclude the tutorial on how to begin outlining an academic essay with an introduction. This is the first part out of three parts. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them in the space below.

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Body

Hello, and thank you for watching VisiHow. Today, we're working on a 3 part series on how to outline an academic essay. This is part 2 of 3 that will given about the body of your essay. We're going to begin part 2 after the introduction. The introduction was part 1, which is Roman numeral I.

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Steps

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    We will need a Roman numeral II.
    This will be for the body.
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    In the body, we may have our set of supporting points.
    We need to decide how many supporting points we have, and in what order we're going to present them. We can present our supporting points by indenting slightly on the next line, and making a capital letter "A", "B" and "C".
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    This will be for "Point 1", "Point 2" and "Point 3".
    If we have a longer paper, for instance we have done papers form 5 pages to up to 25 pages in length, generally, we do not continue to add supporting points. This might overcrowd the paper, but we do go into more detail with the supporting points that we have for a shorter paper, which will enhance our argument.
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    We can provide our supporting details by indenting slightly on the line below each point, and making a lowercase "a" and "b" for each point.
    We can even have 3 points by adding a lowercase "c" here as well. It depends on how detailed we would like our outline to be. This is intended to help us better organize and structure our academic essay to make the writing process easier.
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    In between each of these points, we should have a transitional sentence.
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    This does conclude today's tutorial on part 2 of 3 on how to prepare an outline for an academic essay.
    Part 2 of 3 has focused on the body of the essay. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave them in the space below.
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Conclusion

Hello and thank you for watching VisiHow. Today, we're working on a three-part series on how to outline an academic essay. This is part 3 of 3, dealing with the conclusion.

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Steps

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    As we can see, we already have the first two points very briefly stated.
    Roman numeral I was the introduction, and Roman numeral II was the "Body" of the essay.
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    Now, we need a Roman numeral III, which will be the "Conclusion".
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    In the "Conclusion", the first thing we need to do is slightly indent and put a capital letter "A".
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    We need to "Restate" our "thesis".
    This will be the same thesis that we presented in the introduction, but provided in slightly different words.
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    Now, add a capital letter "B" just below the "A".
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    After we're restated our thesis, we need to provide a "Brief" overview of our "supporting points".
    This is our argument.
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    This should probably be no more than "2 sentences".
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    Finally add a letter "C", which will indicate a "Meaningful closing statement".
    Our audience needs to know that our paper has ended. Our words should not just trail off somewhere in the middle. The closing statement needs to be clear and tie the entire point of our paper together.
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    This concludes our tutorial on part 3 of 3, which deals with the conclusion in how to prepare an outline of an academic essay.
    If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave them in the space below.
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