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You helped me earlier with my essay, and I wrote it well.  Now I have to do another assignment for my AP U.S History, but don't worry this isn't a history question.  My teacher told us to do an outline for the first two chapters of the textbook.  He didn't give us the textbook, instead he photocopied the pages, then stapled them together.  So there's a total of 42 pages, well I outlined the whole thing like I was supposed to, now I haven't edited it yet, but all together I have 22 pages with 5,322 words.  Now then my friend tells me that just for chapter 1 he only did 3 pages, meaning if he goes at that pace that hell have only six pages all together for both chapters, also meaning I did too much.  So can you tell me how many pages and words I should have for an outline of 2 textbook AP US History chapters?  Thank you

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Hello Matthew,

I would say that your outline is too detailed as right now, it is half the length of the original text.

I think that 3 pages is probably a bit too condensed.  I don't have an answer as far as an exact number of pages but here is a video that may help you:

http://prezi.com/zvk-rhvxkrx_/how-to-outline-your-textbook/

One important piece of information is that the introductory paragraph of your readings may provide a preview to the important topics and help you get started.

Dr. D.  

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Essays--I can assist students with questions concerning the process of writing an essay including preparation of an outline, development of a topic, development of the thesis statement and topic sentences, and paragraph development. I can assist students in helping them determine the proper rhetorical modes for their essay (narration, illustration, description, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and argumentation. I am able to answer questions concerning rules of style for a research paper including referencing sources. I am able to address questions regarding punctuation and grammar.

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I teach a writing workshop for the University of Phoenix (Richmond Campus) and two college courses: Essentials of College Writing and Elements of Composition.

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Doctor of Management--University of Phoenix Masters in Human Resources--George Washington University B.A.--French and Linguistics, Oakland University

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