The purpose of an outline is to organize or structure your ideas so you effectively communicate them to the reader and support your thesis statement. An outline can help you see how your ideas fit together and may reveal places where you need to add supporting information. As you work through the outline, make sure your body paragraphs tie back to your thesis statement to support it. In this assignment, you will be using the topic you chose during your prewrite and complete the thesis and topic sentence outline for your compare/contrast assignment (the final draft of this is due in week 12 and will be your final exam). Using the topic you chose for your prewrite in the week 7 discussion, you will now complete the thesis and outline. Think about all aspects of the topic. Keep your comparisons and contrasts balanced and relevant.