Essay Outline Sample [Template]
A. Get the reader's attention by asking a leading question; relay
something enticing about the subject in a manner that commands
attention. Start with a related quote, alluring description, or
B. State the thesis, the causes and effects to be discussed;
comparison of subject X and subject Y; your position on the issue;
your proposal if applicable; and the main points that will develop
A. First Point, Assertion, Explanation
1. Supporting evidence (examples, facts, statistics, quoted
authorities, details, reasons, examples)
2. Supporting evidence
B. Second explanation
C. Third explanation
D. Fourth explanation (continue as above with additional
explanations as needed.)
E. Your proposal (if applicable)
F. Address opposing viewpoints
A. Show how explanations (causes) are logical reasons producing the
effects discussed; review subject X and subject Y; reiterate your
assertion and proposition (if applicable). Reemphasize your thesis
in a fresh way, showing how your have achieved your purpose. If
you intend to draw to a conclusion about one subject over the
other, emphasize that point.
B. Deal with opposing views unless done above in Section F.
C. Appeal to the reader to see how you have come to a logical
D. Make a memorable final statement.
Title "The Benefits of Running"
A. Running is becoming an extremely popular sport for all ages.
B. Running is a great form of exercise because it helps people control
their weight, develop muscles, and improves mental and physical
A. Weight control
1. Aids self-control
2. Burns calories
3. Encourages a healthy diet
4. Suppresses appetite
B. Muscular Development
1. Improves tone
2. Enhances contours
3. Increases strength
4. Improves endurance
C. Psychological well-being
1. Aids sleep
2. Inhibits depression
3. Intensifies vitality
A. Benefits of running make it an excellent exercise.
B. People who want to improve their health should consider running.