How to Write an Essay Outline Choose a topic of your own choice and focus on a limited aspect of the topic that you can manage. Collect information or note down the points that you already know. You can gather information from newspapers, magazines, books or helpful computer pages. While organizing the subject matter, divide the information into major ideas. Again divide the information under major ideas into sub ideas. Eliminate the irrelevant information, include only that information which supports each major idea. Divide your rough work into introduction, body and conclusion and further, sub divide the body into different major ideas. The introduction should tell the readers what the essay is about. Two-three sentences in the introduction should reflect what you are going to state in the body of the essay. Each paragraph of the body should explain the topic in detail. You can include an example, piece of evidence, or quotation that supports the topic sentence. The conclusion or the last paragraph should include the closing statement which would indicate that you have finished your discussion. In the last part, you should summarize the information provided in the body of the essay and discuss how this information supports the topic. Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-write-an-outline.html
Begin your outline by writing your topic at the top of the page.
Next, write the Roman numerals I, II, and III, spread apart down the left side of the page.
Next to each Roman numeral, write the main ideas that you have about your topic, or the main points that you want to make.
If you are trying to persuade, you want to write your best arguments.
If you are trying to explain a process, you want to write the steps that should be followed. You will probably need to group these into categories. If you have trouble grouping the steps into categories, try using Beginning, Middle, and End.
If you are trying to inform, you want to write the major categories into which your information can be divided.
Under each Roman numeral, write A, B, and C down the left side of the page.
Next to each letter, write the facts or information that support that main idea.