Reverse Outlining: Three-Act Thesis Template

English 101 | Professor Meehan

Three-Act Thesis: Revision Strategy | Writing Project #2

Read and respond to the draft by filling in the structure below with specific information from the essay.

Act 1: Introduction/Set UP

Given:

Critical Problem:

Response/Thesis:

 

Act 2: Complications/Examples/Evidence for your thesis [for this size essay, around 2-4, also known as supporting paragraphs]

Complication #1:

[Passage that is forwarded]

 

Keywords/ideas that relate back to the thesis [how the writer is extending the passage and argument]:

 

 

Complication #2:

[Passage that is forwarded]

 

Keywords/ideas that relate back to the thesis [how the writer is extending the passage and argument]:

 

 

 

Complication #3:

[Passage that is forwarded]

 

Keywords/ideas that relate back to the thesis [how the writer is extending the passage and argument]:

 

 

Complication #4:

[Passage that is forwarded]

 

Keywords/ideas that relate back to the thesis [how the writer is extending the passage and argument]:

 

 

 

 

Act 3: Conclusion

Climax: final answer to question/solving of problem—where writer reinforces the thesis:

 

 

 

Resolution: What’s next—where this argument leaves the reader; larger implications reader might take from this argument and apply elsewhere.

 

 

 

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