Sentence Outline:  Unlike topic outlines, which are composed of short phrases, sentence outlines are composed using complete sentences.

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I. Outlines have two basic characteristics.
               A. They are accurate summaries of information.
               B. They are organized to show how ideas are related.
II. Outlines are written in a specific format.
               A. They begin with titles.
               B. Statements are labeled with numbers and letters.
                              1. Roman numerals label major thoughts.
                              2. Capital letters label details.
                              3. Arabic numerals label minor details.
                                       a. Lower-case letters label even more minor details.
                                       b. There is no such thing as too much detail in an outline.


Sample Outline

  1. Introduction into the vampire legend
    1. How many times have we heard the phrase: I van’t to suck your blood?
    2. How this supernatural legend supposedly came about.
    3. What this legend states about what being a vampire means.
    4. Thesis: Vampire legends all over the world share certain common characteristics ranging from special abilities, their destruction, and how the legends began.
    5. According to the June, 1999 edition of Newsweek, “Vampires have been a part of human mythology since the caveman.  Vampires have often been a means for understanding the unexplainable in our world” (Ire, 63).

  2. The undead have a number of special abilities.
    1. They have the profound ability to change into bats, wolves, and mist.
    2. They are immortal.
    3. They can have complete control over a victim.
    4. There are few weaknesses vampires have against humans.
    5. According to leading researchers for the University of Transylvania, “Vampires are like Gods walking among humans.  They are everlasting, all powerful, capable of shape shifting, and can control our weak human spirits” (“Vampire Abilities,” University of Transylvania).

  3. There are many ways to destroy a vampire.
    1. One method is staking a vampire correctly.
    2. Another method is burning a vampire.
    3. The third method is impaling.
    4. The fourth method is using the power of the sun.
    5. Dr. Cula, a prominent professor of world mythology, states that “vampires may be difficult to kill, but it’s not impossible” (125).
  4. There are also other methods of ensuring the vampire does not come back to haunt you once you think you’ve destroyed it.
    1. One can bury a vampire face down at a crossroad.
    2. Stuffing a vampire's mouth with garlic is effective.
    3. Placing a cross on top of a vampire's grave keeps her/him from crawling out of their daily sleeping space.
    4.  Many believe that “these methods confuse vampires and other undead spirits preventing them from walking among living” (Stein, 32).

  5. There are a number of explanations of how the vampire legend began.
    1. It was possibly a misunderstanding of the body's natural process of decomposition.
    2. People may have misunderstood the symptoms of catalepsy.
    3. Porphyria's disease may have been mistaken as vampirism.
    4. According to the American Medical Association’s webpage on rare diseases,  “before modern medicine was able to explain odd or debilitating disease, communities often created myths to describe what individuals were experiencing” (“Medical History,” American Medical Association).

  6. Current cultural aspects in Transylvania keep the vampire myth alive and well.
    1. Transylvania is virtually untouched by time.
    2. Dracula tours are popular destinations for travelers from all over the world.
    3. Based on recent research, “one million tourists visit Prince Vlad’s castle each year” (Parker, 99).

  7. In conclusion, while modern medicine has been able to demystify certain aspects of the vampire, the legend will remain for years to come.
    1. Main points included abilities, death and destruction of vampires, how the legend began, and modern affects on Transylvania, the home of the myth.
    2. Due to the advent of film, thousands of films have been made about this particular monster.
    3. Vampires are great analogies to describe certain aspects of the modern world.
    4. We may now think twice about the rich history behind the phrase, "I vant to suck your blood!"