English 10 (ENG201) Master Course
RESEARCH WRITING PROCESS
WRITING A PRELIMINARY OUTLINE
Sample of Final Outl
English 12 – Period 1
11 March 2010
SAMPLE OUTLINE #2
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 the revenues to provide
students with equal opportunities.
A. Schools in low-income areas usually have limited resources, which
makes it difficult to provide students with quality education.
1. Those schools usually have under-qualified teachers.
2. Those low-income communities supporting the school do not
bring in enough revenue to provide the schools with proper
curriculum, supplies, and extra curricular programs.
B. Students from schools in low-income communities have less of an
opportunity to get a decent job later in life.
1. When students are not equally educated, the economy suffers
due to a lack of competition in the job market.
2. Those students from under-funded schools are usually born into
the bottom of the economy and are not given the proper
opportunities to better themselves.
II. The majority of the population of poverty stricken schools consists of minorities.
A. In most urban centers, minorities are the majority
1. Urban school serving minorities contain the greatest number of
teachers teaching outside of their training.
2. Many of the minority students attending these schools believe
society does not care to give them the resources they need to
B. The achievement gap between white students and minorities is
III. The quality of education suffers due to changes in policies, such as
the addition of the “No Child Left Behind Act.”
A. The “No Child Left Behind Act” usually forces schools to make
choices to lower standards in order to avoid sanctions and
1. Many times teachers are forced to abandon the normal
curriculum in order to focus on teaching the students what
the government decides is most important.
2. NCLB has caused much controversy among educational
B. Standards established by the “No Child Left Behind Act” are hard to
develop and enforce because curriculum differs all over the
1. The government should not be responsible for developing the
standards because they are not the trained educators.
2. Standardized tests are not a fair or accurate way of measuring
how much children are learning due to the variation of curriculum
throughout the country.
C. The “No Child Left Behind Act” does not work properly because it is
not adequately funded by the federal government.
1. The government provides only two-thirds of the money originally
promised making states responsible for the rest.
2. The federal government often cuts money for education