RESEARCH WRITING PROCESS

WRITING A PRELIMINARY OUTLINE

Sample preliminary outline

Johnny Johnson

Ms. Doe

English 12 – Period 1

11 March 2011

SAMPLE PRELIMINARY OUTLINE

Education: Why does it seem everyone is against it?


Thesis Statement: Poverty, segregation of minorities, and changes in

                             federal funding policies negatively affect education.

I. The schools from low-income communities lack revenues.

     A. Limited resources.

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     B. Tough for students to get job.

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II. Majority of poverty stricken schools consists of minorities.

     A. Minorities are majority

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     B. Large achievement gap.

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III. Education suffers due to changes in policies.

     A. The “No Child Left Behind Act”.

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     B. Standards hard to develop and enforce.

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