Narrative Script for Pullman Research Paper

Step 5: Write a Final Outline

Choose either a topic outline or a sentence outline.

Kiran saw that the items under I and II in her working outline were full sentences. But all her other items were single words or phrases, so she decided to change her full sentences to phrases to have a tipic outline.

To make sure she followed the correct outline form, Kiran reviewed her outline. She identified the major sections of her paper, then made sure she had divided the main headings into subheadings and then into sub-subheadings, as needed. She also made sure that where she had sub-subheadings, she had at least two of them, to explore that issue in sufficient detail. Finally, Kiran made sure the wordings of the outline’s headings were parallel in structure.

Kiran's final outline differed in a few small ways from her working outline. In the final outline, she gave the title of the report and then listed the introduction (with its thesis statement) and conclusion.

Kiran's final outline differed from her working outline in a more significant way too: The teacher gave Kiran permission to reverse the order of I. What I wanted to find out and II. What I already know. Kiran wanted to put What I already know first so that she could begin with her original complaints about traveling to Pullman. Putting those thoughts at the beginning, she hoped, would help readers to understand, as soon as they began reading the paper, her motivation for wanting to learn more about Pullman.

Here's the revised outline that Kiran prepared before she began drafting:

Pullman, Illinois: A Special Chicago Neighborhood

Introduction, ending with thesis statement: I was surprised to learn that in the 1960s, my grandmother help stop Chicago from knocking down the Pullman district, so I wondered why she thought the neighborhood was worth saving and what happened to the neighborhood in the years since then.

  1. What I already knew
    1. Fire-damaged buildings in Grandma’s neighborhood
    2. Backyard too small to play in
    3. Pullman too far away from Evanston—a one-hour drive
  2. What I wanted to find out
    1. Why Grandma lives so far from us
    2. How Grandma helped save the neighborhood
  3. How I went about finding out what I wanted to know
    1. Interview with Grandma
    2. Walking tour with Edolphus
    3. Library research
    4. Internet sources
  4. What I learned
    1. Pullman as a company town, 1880–1894
      1. Positives
      2. Negatives
    2. The end of the company town
      1. Depression
      2. Strike
      3. Court decision
    3. 1910s–1970s
      1. Proposal to knock down the area
      2. Grandma's work to save Pullman
      3. Landmark status
    4. Mid–1970s to today
      1. Renovations of homes
      2. Historic Pullman Foundation
      3. Walking tours and fall parties
      4. 1998 fire and restoration