"Students, I'd like you to outline this article or chapter for homework tomorrow."
... and a long pause occurs. Mouths gape open. Audible groans are heard. Panic (and its cousin, Dread) are clearly evident.
The only way to battle the panic and dread students normally face when asked to outline a chapter or informational article is to teach them how to do it successfully. This 30-slide PowerPoint lesson focuses on the techniques of outlining that can make those groans turn into ... purposeful sighs. (I won't claim it will produce joy or even a smile. I think we both know better :-) ) But maybe a good lesson on how to handle outlining an informational text will result in the feeling of "I can do that!"
This single PowerPoint lesson
focuses on teaching students how to organize information from an informational text. Using a sample article on Alcatraz, this lesson presents the idea of "hierarchy" and shares four steps to creating an outline. A section on parallelism is included at the end of the PowerPoint.
Be sure to click on the preview to see more examples of the slides.
Outlining is a skill that directly supports development of the skills noted in CCSS ELA Literacy Standard 2 in Informational Text
, which asks students to determine the main idea of a text, chart its development, and explain its relationship to other ideas.
This item has been tried out in my own middle-school ELA classroom, and students had a much easier time writing their own outlines, thanks to this information. I've definitely noticed a benefit to re-teaching outlining just for the purpose of notetaking ... and my colleagues in other content areas have appreciated this when they ask students to outline a chapter or article!
If you are interested in a PowerPoint lesson that targets outlining for writing and organizing a research paper,
please check out my listing for Outlining for Research and Writing.
Want them both?
I've bundled both PowerPoints together for you here: Two-PowerPoint Bundle: Outlining for Notetaking and Outlining for Research
Need an activity to reinforce outlining concepts?
Grab the PowerPoints and a no-prep outlining activity here: PowerPoints + Activity Bundle!