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College Writing Guide: Organizing & Outlining

How to Organize

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Effectively organizing your paper’s ideas is key! If your paragraphs are well organized, your readers can easily read and understand your ideas.

The three most common ways to organize a paper are by:

  • CHRONOLOGY: timing or steps
  • IMPORTANCE: least to most
  • LOGICAL BREAKS: reasons or solutions

Create a Thesis Statement

Your thesis statement, usually placed at the end of your introduction, points to the purpose of your paper and sets up readers' expectations.

REMEMBER: the thesis is not a mere statement of fact; it is an assertion (SCOPE) you must support (POINTS)

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