A Handout and workshop designed by Hannah Kohn, (Drew University 2016)


A skeleton outline is a helpful tool to use when evaluating the structure of your paper. Using a draft you have already written, insert information into the paragraph sections below. You may add / subtract paragraph sections as necessary.

Introduction

  • Thesis statement:

Paragraph one:

  • Topic sentence:
  • Main point of paragraph:
  • Evidence Used:

Paragraph two:

  • Topic sentence:
  • Main point of paragraph:
  • Evidence Used:

Paragraph three:

  • Topic sentence:
  • Main point of paragraph:
  • Evidence Used:

Paragraph four:

  • Topic sentence:
  • Main point of paragraph:
  • Evidence Used:

Conclusion:

  • Topic sentence:

Now that you have filled out the paragraph sections, reflect on the following:

  1. What is the function of each paragraph? What is each paragraph doing in your essay?
  2. Does each paragraph introduce one new point? If not, can you separate your paragraph into two or more paragraphs in order to highlight a single unit of thought in each?
  3. Do you have a topic sentence adequately introducing the point you are about to make in each paragraph?
  4. Do you have evidence to back up each point you make?
  5. Is the order of your paragraphs logical? Could you rearrange them to make your argument stronger?
  6. What will you do to improve your paper for the final submission? If this is a second draft, what did you do to improve this from your first draft?