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Summer Class: 8th Grade Research and Communications: Outlining and Organizing

This guide is for use of summer school students only. During the regular 8th grade school year, use the libguide "8th Grade Research and Speech Class."

Guidelines for Outlining - With TV Example

Organizing and Outlining:

 1. List of Pro or Con Notecard Titles:

            Television provides educational content

TV improves knowledge of current events

Statistics show that TV violence doesn’t encourage violent behavior

TV is a way for people to learn foreign languages

Consistent TV watching doesn’t cause obesity

TV promotes critical thinking about people and ideas

Common TV usage helps people become more familiar with technology

Televisions allow families to bond together

 

 2. Pick three major/common sub-topics from your notecards

 

 1. Education (4)

 2. Family (1)

 3. Violence (1)

 

3. Figure out the order you want to present your sub-topics

 

 Education Violence Family

 

4. Organize every notecard underneath its appropriate sub-topic

  

5. Plan transitions and remember to use specific words vs. general words.  Consult the handout with transition words.

 

 6. Construct a thesis statement and plan your introduction and conclusion.