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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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