Write 2-3 sentences summarizing the main conclusions of each, and add those to the appropriate slots in the outline (your final paper may include more than these 5).
Use the blank outline at the end of this document to complete your own outline. The following information should be included:
o Start by gathering the external sources you plan to use in your paper. Write 2-3 sentences summarizing the main conclusions of each, and add those to the appropriate slots in the outline (your final paper may include more than these 5).
o Academic articles can be found using Google Scholar or JSTOR
o News articles may come from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, or others as long as you make note of any potential bias.
o Topic overview: In this section, you should draft your introduction paragraph. The introduction should include:
o General information about the topic
o Background/context to help the reader understand both sides of the issue
o An overview of the issues/points that surround the topic
o Your thesis statement
A note on writing a thesis: Your thesis statement should make a claim that clearly responds to the main question, and provides reasons for your answer. An easy formula to follow is: I believe x because y, z, and a.
Example thesis: Technology has positively impacted our ability to communicate with those around us because it has increased communication speed, introduced new communication methods, and created opportunities to interact with new people.
o Body of the paper: These are the main contributions of your paper, and will expand on the points you mentioned in your thesis statement
o For each of your main points, write out a topic sentence and make a note of which external source you can use to provide evidence for that argument. Additionally, you should include 1-2 points that you plan to make in these areas.
o The length of these within your final paper will depend on several factors, including your writing style and the depth with which you plan to explore the topic.
o Conclusion: You don’t have to draft your entire conclusion, but include 2-3 sentences summarizing your main argument and reflecting on the information that will be included in the paper. You should also include any last thoughts or insights you wish to leave with your reader, and any ideas for additional research in the future.