Chapter 2 - Exercise A-1: Outlining


Making an outline before you write can help you create a well-organized and adequately supported essay. To write an effective outline, you should know how to distinguish between major ideas and supporting details. You can practice this skill by completing the following exercises.

Directions: Major and minor ideas are mixed together in the lists below. Put the ideas in logical order by clicking on the down arrow next to the empty line and choosing the best idea from the list that appears.


1 Thesis: Working at the local coffee shop was my favorite job.
a Pleasant environment
1 Friendly customers
b Good schedule
1 Short shifts
c Good pay
1 Generous tips


Your score is: