Paper outline template free
Jun 6, 2018
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Types of Outlines and Samples
This is the most common type of outline and usually instantly recognizable to most people. The formatting follows these characters, in this order:
- Roman Numerals
- Capitalized Letters
- Arabic Numerals
- Lowercase Letters
If the outline needs to subdivide beyond these divisions, use Arabic numerals inside parentheses and then lowercase letters inside parentheses. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.
The sample PDF in the Media Box above is an example of an outline that a student might create before writing an essay. In order to organize her thoughts and make sure that she has not forgotten any key points that she wants to address, she creates the outline as a framework for her essay.
What is the assignment?
Your instructor asks the class to write an expository (explanatory) essay on the typical steps a high school student would follow in order to apply to college.
What is the purpose of this essay?
To explain the process for applying to college
Who is the intended audience for this essay?
High school students intending to apply to college and their parents
What is the essay's thesis statement?
When applying to college, a student follows a certain process which includes choosing the right schools and preparing the application materials.
Full Sentence Outlines
The full sentence outline format is essentially the same as the Alphanumeric outline. The main difference (as the title suggests) is that full sentences are required at each level of the outline. This outline is most often used when preparing a traditional essay. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.
The decimal outline is similar in format to the alphanumeric outline. The added benefit is a system of decimal notation that clearly shows how every level of the outline relates to the larger whole. Select the "Sample Outlines" PDF in the Media Box above to download the sample of this outline.
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
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Outline Template. Blank. FREE. A place to write the thesis statement at the top and an outline format to follow to help students format an outline of an expository essay, persuasive argument,or research paper. Helps students organize writing in a logical manner and provide evidence for each topic. Good guide for students to use as a scaffold when prewriting. Useful also to use as a summarizer of informational text by outlining what has been read. Outlining is a great skill which can help students write for standardized tests. Includes a second more detailed template as well!Goes well withSupports common core!CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.• Look for thenear the top of any page within my store and© Deborah Hayes aka HappyEdugator. This resource is for classroom or homeschool use.
Outline Template (Microsoft Word)
Beginning on the next page is an outline template (in Microsoft Word format), which is filled in with a
sample to show you what a final outline looks like. Here is how to fill in your own outline:
Triple click on a sente
nce to highlight it. (Or swipe across it with a mouse’s left key held down.)
Type your sentence. (The original words should automatically disappear; if they don’t, use the
Delete key to eliminate them.)
When you don’t need an outline subdivision (such as
“C” or “3”), delete the line.
When you need to insert a new subdivision, place the cursor at the end of the sentence
immediately above where you want to insert, press Enter, go the Style drop
down menu (typically
located next to the Font drop
at the top of the screen, and select the appropriate style:
For I, II, III, etc., choose Outline 1
For A, B, C, etc., choose Outline 2
For 1, 2, 3, etc., choose Outline 3
For a, b, c, etc., choose Outline 4
You will need to manually e
nter the correct letter or number, and you may need to
change letters and numbers above and below your new entry.
At times, you may need to use the
Tab and Backspace keys to align entries properly.
If Microsoft Word performs undesired
inserting unwanted letters and numbers and changing the indentation
go to Format menu, click
AutoFormat, click Options, choose the “AutoFormat As You Type” button, and deselect (so that
there is no checkmark) these two choices: “Automatic Bulleted Lists” and “Automatic Numbered
The first time you save your document, choose “Save As” in the File menu and provide a new
name. (This will preserve the original file and its sample.)
For Bibliography entries, you can choose (from the Style drop
down menu at the top of the screen)
either the “MLA Entry” style or the “APA Entry” style. (See Chapter 6 in the text for details.)
For an explanation of the different parts of an outline, see Chapter 12 in the text.
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