Making Outlines Worksheets:
Introduction to Outlines –
Read each word in the list. Determine which words name
general categories. Write them on the lines. Then sort the rest of
the words into the correct category.
Anatomy of an Outline –
In an outline, topics are put in a logical
order, so that like things are grouped
together, and supporting topics go
under the main topics that they relate
Identifying Subtopics –
Read each main topic. Select the word or phrase that is NOT a
subtopic for the main topic.
Outlining Your Essay –
Hook: How will you interest the reader in your essay? How will you
introduce your topic?
Concluding Paragraph –
Will this sum up your essay, or tell the reader why the points you have
made matter? Your conclusion should mirror your thesis statement.
The Preview –
Preview your main points in the order you will present them.
Getting Started with Outlines –
Read each word in the list. Determine which words name general
categories. Write them on the lines. Then sort the rest of the words into the
In an essay, the broadest or most general ideas are called main topics or
major topics. The more narrowly focused ideas related to the main or major
topics are called subtopics.