An outline works well for longer forms of writing like essays and reports. In an outline, ideas are listed from general to specific, with two or more ideas per level. If you have a I, you must have a II. If you have an A, you must have a B, and so on.
- A topic outline contains only words and phrases.
- A sentence outline contains complete sentences.
Sample Sentence Outline
Focus Statement: Green energy (topic) includes solar, wind, and wave (focus).
I. Solar energy converts sunlight into power.
A. Photo-electric panels on your roof can supply power for your house.
B. Big solar farms focus sunlight to boil water and run generators.
II. Windmills spin to turn wind into electricity.