you have completed your brainstorming and gotten a better idea of what you want
to write about, you need to make a plan for your paper.A well-written paper must be organized
carefully, and it is easier to organize in an outline, where you can quickly
see and fix any problems, than it is to write the entire paper and then try to
fix problems later.A good outline can
help make writing the paper easier, too!Writing an outline saves lots of time.
The following targeted Web
sites offer several helpful representations that should help you learn
more about planning and outlining:
When planning and writing an outline, you want to represent
your introduction with your thesis statement, your body paragraph with your
topic sentences and some details, and your conclusion.For the body paragraphs, remember that
you need to put your points in a carefully considered order.You can’t just randomly write down your
points or write them down in the order you thought of them.That could make for an essay that’s awkward
to write and even more awkward to read.You need to move through your arguments logically and keep similar
CCSF-endorsed computer programs and Web sites could bring more depth to the
work you do during outlining by offering you different ways to see and hear
the development of your thesis-support essay.
is a fun program which allows you to organize your paper graphically
with shapes, colors, and lines.Then, with the touch of a button, it will turn what you’ve done
into an outline.
is another program that helps you plan and arrange your ideas, as well
as take notes, in the process of writing an essay.
And remember—the Microsoft
Word program offers an outline
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Do you know of a student who would be able to offer a minute of tips
or advice--or even share some frustration--about this topic?
If a 1-minute teacher video were to appear here in the
"Do It" column, what would you like to see the teacher address?
Do you know of a teacher who would be willing to offer a minute of
"Do It" tips or advice--or even share
some frustration--about this topic?
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