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Outlining and Organizing Made Easy
Outlining and organizing an essay are made easy with the help of Inspiration® graphic organizers. Specific directions and colorful graphics model for writers how to use the software to craft these key steps in the writing process. Adaptations and extensions are included.
Inspiration®: Outlining and Organizing Made Easy
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
Outline Your Plot
Prepare for a wild ride on the plot roller coaster! Budding authors outline their novel plots through this set of visual and entertaining worksheets. They follow the story of Boris the Unicorn, which demonstrates the various stages of a typical fiction plot. Thankfully, the story is hilarious and will have your kids wanting more. For anticipation, have them read it only one section at a time, filling out their own plot in the space provided as they go through the six sections.
Outlining and Organizing with Inspiration Software
Help your secondary writers organize ideas and notes into outlines for academic writing. Provides step-by-step instruction on how to transfer brainstormed ideas from maps and diagrams directly into outline format. A single class period in the computer lab could unblock a few writers, clarify thoughts for a first draft, and relieve the dread of "I don't know where to start."
Outlines and Organization: Sample Outline
Provide your essay writers with a sample essay outline. Richly detailed, this two-page handout not only describes the necessary parts of an outline, but also explains the purpose of each section. A model outline is also included.
Outlining Main Ideas and Details
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this instructional activity. After discussing main ideas and seeing examples, young writers go through a sample outline and discuss the way to properly format a piece of writing. They then create their own outline of a magazine article, and compare their work to the work of their peers.
In this outlining a passage worksheet, students read a nonfiction article and follow directions to write an outline using an outline template. Students write 15 answers.
Outlining Main Ideas and Details Adapted from: Expository Writing by Tara McCarthy
Middle schoolers examine articles from a number of sources to determine their main ideas and details, and discuss them as a class. Using a worksheet, they practice outlining a report after watching a teacher demonstration of the outlining process. Finally, they visit the library to choose a piece of expository writing to outline.
Sequence Claims and Counterclaims by Developing an Outline
Instead of immediately beginning to write, class members should take some time to carefully put together an outline. For a method and demonstration of how to compose an outline, check out the video and slides provided here. The narrator reviews the parts of an outline and walks the viewer through her thought process as she drafts an outline for one body paragraph of an essay based on "Mrs. Manstey's View" by Edith Wharton. She refers to earlier lessons in the video series and shows how to properly punctuate and cite evidence. The outline model itself is not the clearest. Pupils can spend time outlining with teacher assistance after viewing the video.
Inspire essay organization with this handout and exercise about outlining. Writers read through a brief outline model and then practice writing their own outline by completing a second model. Scholars not only complete the outline, they practice editing by changing some of what is already included to refine the argument.
Outline a Persuasive Letter
As a follow-up to the video "Brainstorm and Plan Arguments in Response to a Prompt," this video models how change the brainstorming materials into a persuasive letter outline. The detailed approach outlined in the two videos could easily be used with any text.
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Create an Outline for an Argumentative Essay by Sequencing Claims, Reasons, and Evidence
Outlines are truly helpful when it comes to effectively organizing and sequencing an essay. The video focuses on outlining an essay about theme and the use of literary devices in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The narrator lays out several clear steps and models experimentation with structure as she forms the base of her outline.
Outlines are Fun and Easy
Learners goal is to achieve summarization. They read familiar words and decode words at their reading level. They summarize articles through the use of an outline in order ot improve reading comprehension. Students complete a basic outline.
How To Write a Social Studies Outline
One of the keys to success in school is organization. This resource leads learners through the process of creating an outline for a chapter from a social studies text. In addition, they review facts they have learned in their class throughout the year, and create an outline to organize their information.
Powerpoint Presentation as imported from an Outline in MS Word
Sixth graders create a PowerPoint presentation starting first with an outline, so they do not get lost in the aesthetics and forget the message they want to convey. They start with all of their concepts and points of importance and then move to the creative aspects of a PowerPoint.
Fourth graders investigate how outlining can aid in comprehending text. In this reading comprehension instructional activity, 4th graders outline an article they read in groups of two. Students take turns reading the article, identifying the main idea, color coding information, and retelling the information they learned.
Students define personal expressive writing and how it is used to express feelings. In this personal expressive writing activity, students generate ideas and then write about an experience. Students write an outline of their essay.
Developing an Outline
A lot of writers don't like creating an outline before writing the first draft of their paper. Introduce them to what an effective and organized outline looks like with this presentation. Designed for higher education, you could easily adapt this for your middle and high school classrooms.