How to Write Outlines for Essays: Improving Your Skills


In order to improve your writing skills you need to ensure that you have a solid outline before you write any of your academic papers. The outline is a very important piece of writing that can guide your first and subsequent drafts.

By constructing an outline before you write your essay you will be better equipped to make a solid argument and to present supporting evidence for every argument you make. The outline can come in one of two main forms. The most popular is the bullet point form or fragmented form. This consists of a heading and subheading for every section or chapter of your essay. Beneath each is a bullet point or fragment that states what you will include in the essay as well as any supporting evidence. The other option also includes a heading and subheading for every section or chapter of the essay but in lieu of bullet points or fragments there are whole sentences.

After you have completed your thesis it is time to organize the evidence you have in such a fashion that every argument you make is supported accurately and thoroughly. You might find that some arguments you plan on making are not adequately supported by evidence. This gives you an opportunity to go back and find some. You might find that certain paragraphs are lacking enough information and therefore you should combine them with another paragraph or get rid of it altogether. You might also find that some of your information does not transition well or that you want to change the order of your content. In any case the outline offers an opportunity to do all that and more. It gives you a chance to put all of your thoughts down on paper and to shuffle them around until you find the best order in which to present your argument to the reader. This is why the outline is so important.

If you are searching for political topics you can review the list below and see if anything on the list inspires you. It should serve as a base or guide from which you can hone in on a topic that interests you:

  • Partisan politics
  • Immigration
  • Emigration
  • Electoral college
  • Affirmative action
  • Budget deficit
  • Genocide
  • Social security reform
  • Prescription drugs
  • International relations
  • Medicare reform
  • Impeachment
  • Taxes