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Example of Topic Outline

Several aspects must be considered in writing a topic outline.

  • Recall that all headings and subheadings must be words or phrases, not sentences.
  • Also, the wording within each division must be parallel.
  • Finally, as in any outline, remember that a division or subdivision cannot be divided into one part; therefore, if there is an "A" there must be a "B," and if there is a "1" there must be a "2."

I. Family Problems
      A. Custodial: Non-custodial Conflicts
      B. Extended Family
      C. Adolescent's Age
II. Economic Problems
      A. Child Support
      B. Women's Job Training
      C. Lower Standard of Living
      D. Possible Relocation
         1. Poorer Neighborhood
         2. New School
III. Peer Problems
      A. Loss of Friends
      B. Relationships with Dates

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