Developing an outline from a thesis and topic sentences

Once a thesis and topic sentences have been created for an essay, those sentences can easily be converted into outline form.

Thesis: In 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies will win the World Series because of the team’s hitting, pitching, and fielding.

First Topic Sentence: The Phillies are the best hitting team in the National League.

Second Topic Sentence: The Phillies have the best pitching in their division.

Third Topic Sentence: The Phillies are a very good fielding team.

Notice how, below, the above information has been converted into outline form.

  • In 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies will win the World Series because of the team’s hitting, pitching, and fielding.
    • The Phillies are the best hitting team in the National League.
    • The Phillies have the best pitching in their division.
    • The Phillies are a very good fielding team.

The next step in the outline’s development would be to develop each topic sentence. A template for doing that is shown below for the first topic sentence.

  • The Phillies are the best hitting team in the National League.
    • _____________________________________
    • _____________________________________
    • _____________________________________
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