Basic Introductory Paragraph Outline:
The “Hook” Start your paper with a statement about your story that catches the reader’s attention, for example: a relevant quotation, question, fact, or definition.
Example: Do you want to know why it is important to go to college? Well, I know firsthand why college should be a priority.
Example: Scary movies have been around for a long time, but….
Example: Do you love playing/watching football? Well, I am going to tell you a few reasons why I love playing/watching football.
Set the Scene Provide the information the reader will need to understand the story: Who are the major characters? When and where is it taking place? Is it a story about something that happened to you, the writer, or is it fiction?
Thesis Statement The thesis of a narrative essay plays a slightly different role than that of an argument or expository essay. A narrative thesis can begin the events of the story: “It was sunny and warm out when I started down the path”; offer a moral or lesson learned: “I’ll never hike alone again”; or identify a theme that connects the story to a universal experience: “Journeys bring both joy and hardship.”
Basic Essay Outline
Get the reader's attention – ask a leading question; relay something enticing about the subject in a manner that commands attention. You could start with a related quote, alluring description, or narrative.
State the thesis – what you are going to discuss. You could state the causes and effects to be discussed; comparison of subject X and subject Y; your position on the issue; your proposal if applicable; and the main points that will develop your argument.
1. First Point, Topic sentence, Explanation
a. Supporting evidence (examples, facts, theories, statistics, quoted authorities, details, reasons, etc.)
b. Supporting evidence
c. (Conclusion and lead-in)
2. Second Point
3. Third Point
Summarize your thesis and how your evidence supports your points. Re-emphasize your thesis in a fresh way, showing how you have achieved your purpose. You may wish to appeal to the reader to see how you have come to a logical conclusion, or make a memorable final statement.