KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT OUTLINING:
It creates Focus.
It saves time. (Really, it does. When you know where you are going, it’s a lot easier to get there.)
It provides an intelligent Road Map that prevents rambling.
Reminder: Those who outline tend to succeed in writing focused, well-structured essays. Those who do not, tend to ramble and run out of time.
What to do before you write your essay:
Understand what the essay prompt is asking of you.
THINK before you write. (Thinking is good – just writing is bad. Unfortunately, too many students do NOT think before they begin to write.)
TAKE TWO MINUTES TO OUTLINE YOUR THOUGHTS because outlining provides focus, structure, purposefulness and clarity – all of which are elements students will be evaluated on by the Test Graders.
How to Create an Outline: The Four Paragraph SAT Essay of Excellence
NOTE: Being that this is a timed test, students WILL NOT HAVE TIME to elaborate upon every possible aspect the question touches upon. Test Makers know this. Test Graders know this. Students who score well know this, too. By coherently and intelligently responding to the essay prompt in four well-written paragraphs students will enable themselves to earn an excellent score on the Essay Writing Section of the SAT.
There are Four Main Sections a student wants to outline before they begin to write their essay.
Paragraph 1 – The Main Idea (including a Thesis Statement)
Paragraph 2 – Supporting Paragraph #1 (Point A)
Paragraph 3 – Supporting Paragraph #2 (Point B)
Paragraph 4 – The Concrete Conclusion (re-connecting to the Thesis)
Outline these four Big Points in two minutes BEFORE YOU BEGIN!!
NOTE: Yes, this is a formula – a formula for success on the SAT. With only 25 minutes to complete a well-written essay, strategy is a HUGE factor for success on this test.
Samples Outlining Activities:
DIRECTIONS: Please explain the following quote and whether or not you agree or disagree with the...