Critical Essay Outline
The post presents a sample outline for a critical essay. Each element is described for you to better understand the structure of this academic paper.
1. There are three main goals of Introduction:
a. Provide the reader with information about the topic.
b. Tell how the topic will be examined.
c. Provide interesting fact to capture attention.
2. The biggest part is the Body.
This is where you examine what you promised to examine or prove in your introduction. It may contain one to three paragraphs in critical essay. Here is the structure:
a. General statement is intended to tell the reason for the established quote.
b. The first element is supposed to be backed up by Quoted Material.
c. Explanation provides reasoning for the thesis statement.
d. Paragraphs are tied by using Transition
3. The final part
Conclusion, repeats your thesis statement (not literally, of course, use paraphrasing) and summarizes your paper. Use only one paragraph for this element.
a. State your main idea by using paraphrasing or rewriting. In the beginning you mentioned that you were going to prove something, so go ahead and write that you did it.
b. Conclude main points of the paper. This means the points from paragraphs of the body should be mentioned in relevance to conclusion.
c. Final sentence is supposed to finish your work strong. This means that the reader should understand that you have proved your main idea.
Writing tips for critical essays:
a. It is better not to start your final part with “in conclusion, ...' The reader already knows about the purpose of the paragraph so do not repeat yourself.
b. Introduction verbatim should not be repeated as well.
c. Use your own knowledge to speculate on the subject in the conclusion and identify it properly.
d. Perhaps the topic needs further research. If necessary, tell it in your concluding paragraph.
e. Use the terminology your reader understands when explaining the thesis statement.
f. Clearly understand the purpose of the paper. Are you supposed to discuss, explain or prove something?
g. Make sure you have your outline ready before you start writing. Otherwise you might lose direction and the essay will be a mess.
h. Use literature that can be considered as relevant: books, scientific journals, publications and reliable internet libraries and so on.
i. Take some time to think about who is going to read your paper. Identify the interest of the reader and tailor your essay if necessary.