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Step 4: Making a Final Outline

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Once you have finished your notecards, assemble them and classify them into similar main idea categories. Then, arrange them in an order that makes sense. Follow a similar format used on the preliminary outline. However, now your final outline is specific to your topic and the information you have obtained. This is a topic outline - not a sentence outline. Each item should be a brief phrase telling something you will include in your paper.




I. Introduction


A. GRABBER statement: use a startling statistic, fact, quote or

story to “grab” the reader’s attention.

B. THESIS statement: a general statement about why you are

writing this paper or what you are trying to prove.

C. TRANSITION statement: links the introduction to the main body.


II. Main Body : use the main ideas from your notecard categories







III: Conclusion


   A. Restate your original thesis

  B. The CLINCHER: Leave the reader wanting to


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