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Reverse Outlining. Wednesday, September 19, 2012 English 380 Melissa Gunby. What is Reverse Outlining?. Reverse outlining is a revision tool that can help us, as writers, see if what we’ve put together actually works.

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Reverse outlining

Reverse Outlining

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

English 380

Melissa Gunby


What is reverse outlining
What is Reverse Outlining?

  • Reverse outlining is a revision tool that can help us, as writers, see if what we’ve put together actually works.

  • Usually, we use outlining as a brainstorming or getting started tool for organization. However, it can also be used in a later part of the writing process to check for clarity, flow, and organization.


So how does it work
So How Does It Work?

  • Read the essay on page 97 in your text book.

  • On a sheet of paper, write down the following:

    • Thesis statement/main idea of the piece:

    • Brief summary of paragraph 1:

    • Summary paragraph 2:

    • 3

    • 4

    • 5

    • 6

    • 7


Okay now what
Okay, now what?

  • Answer the following questions:

  • Does each paragraph support the thesis statement?

  • Do any of the paragraph ideas repeat each other?

  • Are the paragraphs building on each other (following from one idea to the next) or are the ideas scattered?

  • Are any of the summary sentences longer than the others? What do you think this might mean?

  • Do the paragraphs seem to be in the right order?

  • After answering the above questions, how might you reorganize the essay? Write some thoughts here.


Homework
Homework!

  • Essay 1 due next week. Please turn in:

    • Final draft of essay

    • Your reverse outline of your own essay

    • Your rough draft with my feedback


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