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Expository Essay Outline

Last, First
Teacher
Subject
Trimester or Date
Essay Title (Alliterative or Witty)

Introduction
01. Attention-getter: [ ] Quote [ ] Question [ ] Fact [ ] Description (with ellipses)
02. Introduce and define the prompt.
03. List an interesting fact about the topic.
04. This essay addresses TOPIC 1 (highlight in yellow), TOPIC 2 (highlight in blue), and TOPIC 3 (highlight in pink).

First Body Paragraph Second Body Paragraph Third Body Paragraph


Choose one of the transitions for Line 01: Choose one of the transitions for Line 01: Choose one of the transitions for Line 01:
[ ] As mentioned above, [ ] First of all, [ ] In addition, [ ] Further, [ ] In addition, [ ] Further,
[ ] To begin with, [ ] Al principio, [ ] Moreover, [ ] As previously stated, [ ] Moreover, [ ] Finally,
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01. Transition, + TOPIC 1 (yellow) + is/are/was/were + (adjective). 01. Transition, + TOPIC 2 (blue) + is/are/was/were + (adjective). 01. Transition, + TOPIC 3 (pink) + is/are/was/were + (adjective).
02. Give supporting detail. 02. Give supporting detail. 02. Give supporting detail.
03. Give a citation. (Cite page number in parentheses, if known.) 03. Give a citation. (Cite page number in parentheses, if known.) 03. Give a citation. (Cite page number in parentheses, if known.)
04. Respond to the citation (if needed), or give another fact. 04. Respond to the citation (if needed), or give another fact. 04. Respond to the citation (if needed), or give another fact.
05. Give another supporting detail.* 05. Give another supporting detail.* 05. Give another supporting detail.*
06. The most important thing to remember is that… 06. Keep in mind that… 06. The key here is to understand that…

Conclusion
01. [ ] Succinctly, then, [ ] To recapitulate, (subject) + is/are/was/were + adjective.
02. TOPIC 1(yellow), TOPIC 2 (blue), and TOPIC 3 (pink) + [continue to] intrigue us because + (reason).
03. Give two interesting facts in a compound sentence.
04. Give a quote, preferably one that links your topic to something everyone wants in life (such as joy, happiness, family, or belonging): [ ] It’s been said that . . . [ ] As _____________ once said, “ _________________.”
05. [ ] Indeed, [ ] Truly, [ ] Verily, + respond to quote in a way that invites reader agreement.

* Note that additional lines of information may be added, but the paragraph should have six lines as a minimum. Also, the citation is not required to be exactly on the third line.
[ ] Does the essay contain at least seven collegiate or “power” words bolded with a red font?
[ ] Does at least one body paragraph have an example of figurative language (such as hyperbole, simile, metaphor, or idiom)?