You have just watched a film or read a book in class. Or perhaps your class discussed a particular concept or listened to a guest speaker. Regardless of the particular venue, your teacher has now asked you to write a reflection paper about the experience and your first step is creating an outline for it. You know that your paper will need a good introduction, a middle portion and a conclusion, but you're not sure what each section should contain. One method is to follow a simple formula.

Step 1

Make a list of the main points of the speech, film, or story. You should have at least four or five key points.

Step 2

Expand each of the items listed in Step 1. Think of quotes, examples and details that support the main items.

Step 3

List your thoughts and feelings on each of the main points. Give examples from your own life that relate to these points when possible.

Step 4

Write an introduction for your paper. The introduction should include a summary of the speech, film or incident you are reflecting on. Your final sentence--the thesis statement--should give an overview of your thoughts.

Step 5

Write a conclusion for your paper. This should give a brief summary of the material or explain how you will use this information in the future.