This generic essay outline template can be used for five-paragraph essays across the curriculum. This template consists of a box for the thesis statement, which is followed by three boxes for the arguments or subtopics. Beneath each argument/subtopic box is a smaller one for the student to write down the source from which the argument or subtopic has been based. The final box is for teacher's comments. This outline has been used for English and history courses; however, it should be appropriate for virtually any course that requires a five-paragraph essay.