I created this outline for my History of the English Language class in Fall 2012. We had a lot of freedom for this project, as we were assigned to research the history of any linguistic topic and create an argument. The other interesting part of the assignment was that we were not supposed to actually write the paper, but instead create an extensive, detailed outline. At first, I was disappointed because I actually wanted to write the paper since I was intrigued by my topic. I chose to research the history of idioms—figures of speech such as “a heart of gold”—in the classroom. After finding a lot of interesting sources, I realized the importance of learning how to create this outline instead of a fully-written paper. I learned how to precisely organize my thoughts in a way that created an effective argument. I know creating outlines will be a skill needed for any career setting, so I think this process of learning how to organize my thoughts in logical way will be beneficial. Because of how much I learned about idioms, I also notice how frequently Americans use them in their daily speech; I felt even more interested in the English language after this assignment.