CCA Step 5 (Outline)

By , April 21, 2015 8:21 pm

Ah, the Outline. A crucial stage.

Outline is due on Fri. May 24.

Use this electronic template and re-arrange it as you see fit:  CHY4U_Essay_Outline_Template_2018-19

Don’t treat this as: “I’ll write a few things now and put the detail in later.” No! Put all the details you have into it NOW. It’ll save you time in writing your essay. It will also get you some good marks!

Writing the outline is a process.



Here are Ms. G’s process steps.

  1. I took all my info from the previous process steps and put it into the outline. That gave me about 8 examples already. (current overview from step 1, background causes from step 1, examples from step 2).
  2. I noted which examples needed more detail or needed to be improved.
  3. I added points (general sentences before the examples).
  4. I began the connections to thesis (very basic at first).

If you’re curious, this is what the outline looked like at this point:

MsG_Sample_CHY4U_Essay_Outline_Draft1_2017-18 (Boko Haram)


5. Here was my second draft: MsG_Sample_CHY4U_Essay_Outline_Draft2_2017-18

6. Here is my third draft (nearly done – just a few little things left to tidy up – note that I have bolded HTC words in the connections to thesis): MsG_Sample_CHY4U_Essay_Outline_Draft3_2017-18

7. Below is Ms. G’s complete sample from last year. She worked on it for a long time. Please read it in order to get a sense of the structure, detail level, placement of citations, and reference to HTCs.

MsG_CHY4U_Essay_Outline_May_2016 (last year) 

Feedback Comments: 

Small and easily correctable:

  • need dates – this is a history essay
  • need page numbers in citations for books
  • need your current issue sub-topic to be FIRST

More time needs to be spent on: 

  • deep connections to thesis
    • they are NOT meant to be mere statements
    • they need to be explained
      • use your HTC guideposts here to help you deepen the connections
  • brief explanations of who people are
    • don’t just say their name
      • must include their position, title, relevance – can often be done by simply inserting it between commas
        • E.g., Bal Ganghadar Tilak, an Indian nationalist who believed in more radical methods of resisting the British government than the Indian National Congress, made a famous speech about Indian activism in 1907.
        • E.g., Charles Darwin, a British naturalist and developer of the theory of evolution by means of natural selection, was highly influenced by the writings of Malthus and Lyell.


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