This outline will help students organize their ideas to support a thesis statement when planning their independent book review essays. I typically give students this format when I assign a book review/ report, so they can collect their thoughts as they read their chosen books. Before they are cleared to begin writing their essays, they submit this sheet to me for my approval. In this way, I can make sure their thesis statements are accurate and their organization is clear. I can ask them to clarify their topic sentences or clincher sentences, and I can give them tips or advice before the writing begins.