Ideas and tips to help students outline their college admission essays.
It is the scaffolding of your paper and the skeleton of your ideas. This resource is intended to help students develop skills to write essays at the university level.
A classic format for compositions is the five-paragraph essay.
It is not the only format for writing an essay, of course, but it is a useful model for you to keep in mind, especially as you begin to develop your composition skills.
The first sentence of this paragraph should include the "reverse hook" which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the introductory paragraph.
The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence.Note that in the second paragraph "feeling" came first, and in this paragraph "sight" comes first.The first sentence also includes the topic for this paragraph--imagery in a dynamic scene.The following material is adapted from a handout prepared by Harry Livermore for his high school English classes at Cook High School in Adel, Georgia. See, first, Writing Introductory Paragraphs for different ways of getting your reader involved in your essay.The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the paper: it tells the reader what the essay is about.The second sentence leads up to the thesis statement which is the third sentence.The thesis statement (sentence 3) presents topic of the paper to the reader and provides a mini- outline. The mini- outline tells the reader that this paper will present Poe's use of imagery in three places in his writing: (1) description of static setting; (2) description of dynamic setting; and (3) description of a person.The first part of the second sentence provides the topic for this paragraph--imagery in a static scene.Then a quotation from "The Tell-Tale Heart" is presented and briefly discussed.This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional hook to tie into the second paragraph of the body.