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Updated: Jan 31, 2017
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Informative Essay Outline

An outline helps with the writing of any essay. It generally serves as a guide for a student-writer who is to complete a writing assignment of this sort.


The same applies to writing an Informative Essay, which literally (objectively) informs the reader about a particular subject because it is void of the writer's own opinion or point of view of the subject; in this particular kind of essay, the student-writer is not to argue for or against anything. An outline helps them organize their thoughts into the form of paragraphs.


Creating an outline before writing the first draft helps the student-writer narrow the focus of their informative essay. Since the student-writer is generally limited in word count, they are not able to write an informative essay that includes every possible factoid that pertains to or explains the subject being examined. This means that the student-writer must be brief as well as fair as they possibly can in how they select which information to include into their Informative Essay. They are to inform the reader about a subject without being overly broad; but they still should present their subject in a manageable, focused manner.


Below is a basic outline for an informative essay. Because it illustrates each of the five main paragraphs of the informative essay, it should be followed, with the student-writer covering each paragraph’s main points.


Outline for an Informative Essay

Introduction Paragraph


A. Topic Sentence – organizes the essay’s first paragraph and introduces the essay’s thesis, acting as a signpost for the essay’s overall argument.

B. Thesis Statement – the paper’s premise that is to be argued or maintained in the essay, generally a sentence or two explaining the meaning of a certain text and the criteria that can be used to analyze it and defend it.


Body Paragraphs 


The informative essay’s body paragraphs directly follow the introduction paragraph and defend the Thesis and Thesis Statement. For this particular essay, each of the three main points that are to defend the essay’s argument are illustrated in each body paragraph one at a time; each body paragraph (each main, supporting point) marks the various criteria that the student-writer utilized to logically evidence their case for the text's meaning, purpose, etc.


Each body paragraph should begin with a transitional phrase (Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, Lastly, Next, Subsequently, Furthermore, etc.) indicating to the reader that a new point is being examined or put forth.


Also, before each body paragraph's main point is being expounded on and put forth, the student-writer must remember to restate their essay’s thesis – but not verbatim as it was stated originally in the introduction paragraph – in order to keep the reader focused and reminded of the essay’s original argument.

Body Paragraph 2


A. Transitional Phrase – First of all, Firstly, To start off with, To begin with.


B. Restate Thesis.


C. Point No. 1 (The first reason why the student’s thesis is true).


Body Paragraph 3


A. Transitional Phrase – Secondly, Next, Then, Furthermore, Also, Moreover.


B. Restate Thesis.


C. Point No. 2 (The second reason why the student’s thesis is true).


Body Paragraph 4


A. Transitional Phrase – Next, Then, Furthermore, Also, Moreover, Thirdly, Lastly.


B. Restate Thesis.


C. Point No. 3 (The third and final reason why the student’s thesis is true).


More paragraphs can be added to the body paragraph section if another point needs or warrants further illustrating.


Conclusion Paragraph 


Conclusion ties the essay together to better the reader’s understanding of its argument and to announce the essay has come to a close and the point has been made.

A. Transitional Phrase – Lastly, In conclusion, To sum it up, Ultimately.


B. A Summary of the essay, from the original Thesis Statement to its three main points of support that are illustrated in the body paragraphs.

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