Academic English I (AE1) - Spring 2017, Kawamoto
Writing an outline
An outline is a tool for organizing information in an
Note 1: The labels in an outline alternate from numbers
to letters and are indented as shown below:
I. Main Point 1
A. Supporting point 1 for I.
B. Supporting point 2 for I.
II. Main Point 2
A. Supporting point 1 for II.
1. Supporting point 1 for II.A.
2. Supporting point 2 for II.A.
B. Supporting point 2 for II.
C. Supporting point 3 for II.
The first level (main point) labels: I., II., III.,...
The second level (supporting point) labels: A., B., C.,...
The third level labels: 1., 2., 3.,...
The fourth level labels: a., b., c.,...
The fifth level labels: 1), 2), 3),...
The sixth level labels: a), b), c),...
Note 2: There should be at least two supporting
points to make a new level of information.
Note 3: Use uniform style throughout the outline:
* keywords or phrases as entries
* full sentences as entries