Creating an outline is a crucial step in the writing process as it helps to organize thoughts and ideas in a logical manner. In this assignment, we will be focusing on creating a one- to two-page outline and a reference list based on a template. The outline will be a full sentence, formal outline following a specific pattern of organization.
To begin, it is important to review the process of outline creation and the information that discusses creating outlines. This will provide us with a solid foundation and understanding of the necessary elements and techniques involved. Pay particular attention to the section that describes full-sentence preparation outlines, their elements, and how to create them.
Next, we will need to select a topic from a past assignment that we have already worked on. This topic should have a thesis statement, a question based on that thesis statement, and at least three main points. This will serve as the basis for our outline.
After selecting a topic, we need to choose a pattern of organization to use for our outline. Patterns of organizing speech information include chronological, spatial, topical, cause and effect, problem-solution, and the motivated sequence. Based on our knowledge of these patterns, we will select the one that best fits our chosen topic and argument.
Once we have chosen a pattern of organization, we will need to locate and open a template outline that matches that specific pattern. Templates can be found online or provided by the instructor. The template will serve as a guide for structuring our outline and ensuring that we include all necessary components.
The next step is to enter the identifying data for our speech into the outline. This includes information such as our name, the date, the course name, and any other relevant details. This is important for proper documentation and organization of our work.
Now we can begin creating our outline using the template. We should follow the guidelines presented in the lesson, which include using a consistent set of symbols, using full declarative sentences for each point, and using square brackets to indicate transitions between points.
As we create our outline, it is important to remember to be clear and concise in our language. Each point should be expressed in a single sentence, and there should be a logical flow and progression from one point to the next. Additionally, we should ensure that our outline is well-structured and organized, with clear headings and subheadings.
Finally, we need to create a reference list that includes all the sources we used to locate information for our formal outline. This is important for providing proper credit to the original authors and avoiding any potential issues of plagiarism. The reference list should follow a specific citation style, such as APA or MLA, and include all the necessary information for each source.
In conclusion, this assignment requires us to create a one- to two-page outline and a reference list based on a template. We need to review the process of outline creation, select a topic from a past assignment, choose a pattern of organization, open a template that matches that pattern, enter identifying data, create a full sentence, formal outline using the template, and create a reference list. By following these steps, we will be able to create a well-planned and organized outline for our speech.