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The Outline

Your next task will be to write an outline (see example below). Outlining your paper will help you gain a better understanding of your ideas by arranging them according to their interrelationships. If, in this planning stage, you carefully arrange your ideas, it will provide a basic structure for the body of your paper, and make the job of writing your paper much easier.

Below should be submitted on a Word Document, using Times New Roman 12 point Font and following the format below. Please make sure to include the purpose/central idea statement.

Banning Jet Skiis

General Purpose:

To persuade/inform

Specific Purpose:

To persuade listeners to a certain point of view. To inform an audience of an issue

Central Idea:

Jet skis should be banned in national and state parks because they make too much noise, harm the environment, and harass wildlife.


  1. Attention Grabber (one or two sentences outlines severity of the issue)
    1. This is a jet ski.
      1. Some people love them and want to use them on all waterways.
      2. Other people hate them and want them banned.
    2. I have a love/hate relationship with them.
      1. I enjoyed driving a jet ski on the ocean a few years ago.
      2. But my vacation recently at a beautiful lake was marred by the constant noise of jet skis.
  2. Orienting Material
    1. More than 1.3 million jet skis (also called personal watercraft) are in use, with annual sales of about 200,000—one third of all boat sales.
    2. Jet skis should be banned from lakes and other waterways in national and state parks because they make too much noise, pollute air and water, and harass wildlife.
    3. However, I am in favor of permitting them on the ocean and private lakes, provided they stay away from shallow water.
    4. My information comes from The National Parks and Conservation Association; the Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Joanna Burger, professor of biology at Rutgers University, and Dr. Ken Cordell, wildlife expert at the University of Georgia.(Transition: Let’s examine the first reason why jet skis should be banned.}


  1. Jet skis destroy peace and quiet.
    1. People go to national and state parks to get away from noise and enjoy the sounds of nature.
    2. A jet ski makes loud, intrusive noise.
      1. A person on shore 100 feet away hears 80 decibels (equivalent to a police siren).
      2. Two or more jet skis traveling together can create over 100 decibels (equivalent to standing next to a chainsaw).
      3. These decibel levels were figured by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
        (Transition: While jet skis are creating noise, they are also creating an environmental mess.)
  2. Jet skis cause serious pollution of air and water.
    1. One day’s worth of jet ski production of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide equals what a car would produce in 100,000 miles.
    2. Jet skis have inefficient, two stroke engines, which dump up to one third of their fuel—unburned.
    3. Each year 165 million gallons of oil are spilled into U.S. waterways by jet skis.
    4. Jet ski emissions can harm humans, animals, and plants, says the Environmental Protection Agency.
    5. A lot of the toxic chemicals are long lived.
      1. Example: polycyclic hydrocarbons can kill zooplankton, an important part of the food chain.
      2. In lakes that have heavy jet ski traffic, fish populations have declined.
        (Transition: Pollution is not the only way that jet skis harm animals.)
  3. Jet skis harass wildlife.
    1. They are so small, they can enter shallow waters.
    2. These waters are used by wildlife for reproduction and nesting.
    3. Jet skis cause alarm and flight and sometimes death, says Dr. Burger.
      1. Many birds abandon their nests permanently.
      2. This exposes their young to predators and bad weather.

(Transition: Let’s summarize.)


  1. Summary
    1. Jet skis should not be allowed in national and state parks.
    2. They create noise, cause pollution, and harass wildlife.
  2. Clincher
    1. Please sign a petition that I will send to our U.S. and state legislators asking them to support a ban.
    2. When we go to these parks, we have a right to find peace and quiet.


Use current APA citation style


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