Creating Essay Outlines: The Framework That Guides Your Essay Assignment Worksheet

Assignment Writing: Preparation

Practice with this Essay Outlines for Essay Assignments Worksheet to get familiar with the process of creating an outline. By completing 10 exercises, you improve your outlining skills to make assignment writing easier and more organized.

Creating Essay Outlines: The Framework That Guides Your Essay Assignment

Instructions

Follow the instructions for each of the below exercises to draft practice outlines for each of the different outline types.

  • Pick a topic for which you can create an outline using information you already know, or if you have an assignment, use the topic you’ve selected for that assignment. Write the topic in the below space.

  • Brainstorm for five minutes to jot down ideas you want to include. Jot your notes in the below space.

  • Organize the ideas you jotted down in the previous exercise by grouping related ideas together.

  • Using the groups you created in the previous exercise, create order by arranging ideas into sections that start general and get more specific or that start with the abstract ideas and finish with the concrete ones. Use the space below to organize your ideas.

  • Develop labels for main headings and the subheadings you identified in the sections for the previous exercise; use as many layers as your topic warrants.

  • Create a number essay outline. If needed, create the outline on a separate sheet of paper; otherwise, use the below space.

  • Create a sentence essay outline. If needed, create the outline on a separate sheet of paper; otherwise, use the below space.

  • Create a decimal essay outline. If needed, create the outline on a separate sheet of paper; otherwise, use the below space.

  • Review each of the outlines you created in exercises #6, #7 and #8. Does each have parallel structure, equal significance, a staggered level of significance and a division of two? If no, rework the outlines to ensure all four elements for an effective essay are included.

  • Which essay outline structure would you select for writing your paper? Explain.