Essay Organization and Outline Building


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One should focus on _____ during the outlining process.

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1. Why is it a good idea to develop your thesis statement before writing your outline?

2. Which of the following is true regarding topic sentences?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of essay outlines and organization. Some topics you'll be tested on include outline formatting, a topic sentence, and writing a thesis statement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • How to draw points for an outline
  • Topic sentences
  • The outlining process
  • Formal outline formatting
  • Thesis statements

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding essay outlining
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to build an outline
  • Making connections - understand the concept of a formal outline

Additional Learning

To learn more about building an essay outline, review the accompanying lesson called Essay Organization and Outline Building. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines outline
  • Details a formal outline format
  • Demonstrates how to arrange ideas for an outline
  • Defines topic sentence
  • Explains the basic organization of an essay
  • Clarifies how to build and support arguments