Creating an Outline Essay

Creating a routine for writing essays is helpful to students because it helps them with time management and efficiency. The task of essay writing may be easier when a formula is used. Finding key information needed for the essay does not need to be a hard task. 

Identifying important information

Narrow down the information used for the essay by limiting it to material that is pertinent and material that is based on facts. A good source that could be used to find important information is peer-reviewed material. Students should remain on topic and concentrate on adding information which supports the main argument or theme of the essay.

Ask these questions when adding items to your essay and use these answers given as a guide:

  • Is this particular information an important part of the essay? Yes.
  • Will adding this information shift the focus or relevance of the essay? No.
  • Will this information give the essay credibility? Yes.
  • Does this information include terminology that is complimentary and pertinent to the essay? Yes.
  • Is this information valid or based upon facts? Yes.

A formula can help to organise a essay. Using content that is scholarly and well informed from peer-reviewed material may help form a solid document. A formula which is effecting at outline creation is:


I. Introduction.

The introduction must supply the reader with some introduction, as well as some format which directs the essay's flow. The topic needs to be summarized with one or two thesis sentences. The essay needs to continue in the same sequence of this thesis sentence. Following the introduction, a title should be given to each section. 

Example: ""The historical, social, and philosophical foundations of instructional technology, and the theories associated with it, can be studied and recommendations made for the future" (Calvano, 2011, p. 3)

II. First Paragraph: History.

The first paragraph following the introduction needs to relate to the topic used in the introductory sentence.  Example: "Instructional technology has grown in complexity over the past 111 years, from stereographs, to radio, film, TV, computers, and the Internet" (Calvano, 2011, p. 3). This sentence is used to introduce history as a subject.

III. Second Paragraph: Philosophical and Theoretical History.

This second paragraph needs to be reflective of the second topic in the introductory sentence of the essay. In this instance, two topics of theory and philosophy were combined because they are related closely by subject matter. Example: "Instructional technology is best for students if the educator understands his or her pedagogical philosophical beliefs and their theoretical standpoint to those beliefs" (Calvano, 2011, p. 3).

IV. Third Paragraph: Social Influences.

The third paragraph needs to show the next topic which correlates with the topic sentence for the essay.

Example: "Societal changes and instructional technology are interrelated. Feminism, racial issues, capitalism, the military, the media, popular culture, TV, and movies have been factors in societal change and instructional technology" (Calvano, 2011, p. 6).

V. Fourth Paragraph: Current Practices.

The fourth paragraph needs to reflect the item listed next in the topic sentence of the essay. This paragraph is used to address issues which are current and focuses on the future also.

Example: "Instructional technology in education is a topic of serious and prolific research" (Calvano, 2011, p. 7).

VI. Fifth Paragraph: Future of Instructional Technology recommendations.

This fifth paragraph needs to recognize the last element from the first sentence of the essay.

Example: "Instructional technology has been transforming for over 100 years. It has assimilated into the fabric of the American education system, and has been a factor in changes in that system" (Calvano, 2011, p. 10). This sentence was used for introducing the recommendations.

VII. Conclusion.

The conclusion summarizes the essay. Conclusions may be created by using arguments found within the essay and by revisiting the introduction.

Example: "The study of the historical, social, and philosophical foundations of instructional technology, and the theories associated with it, form a base of which to track the progress of this important contemporary issue in education" (Calvano, 2011, p. 11). 

A proven formula can help create essays which are cohesive. Students can manage time better with this tool. This tool is designed to help them succeed academically.