For this final section you are expected to be able to draw on lessons from this module – audience participation and shared meaning – but also make connections to ideas, discussions, knowledge, from the previous three modules (critical thinking, diversity of media and sources, reading/interpreting images).
For this you are asked to produce an outline for a story on an issue important to you. You can work alone or in a group.
What is an outline: An outline is a formal system used to develop a framework for thinking about what should be the organization and eventual contents of your paper. An outline helps you predict the overall structure and flow of a paper.
You can refer to this site for guidance (cited below): http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/outline
Writing an outline:
There are two general approaches you can take when writing an outline for your paper:
The topic outline consists of short phrases. This approach is useful when you are dealing with a number of different issues that could be arranged in a variety of different ways in your paper. Due to short phrases having more content than using simple sentences, they create better content from which to build your paper.
The sentence outline is done in full sentences. This approach is useful when your paper focuses on complex issues in detail. The sentence outline is also useful because sentences themselves have many of the details in them needed to build a paper and it allows you to include those details in the sentences instead of having to create an outline of short phrases that goes on page after page.
A strong outline details each topic and subtopic in your paper, organizing these points so that they build your argument toward an evidence-based conclusion. Writing an outline will also help you focus on the task at hand and avoid unnecessary tangents, logical fallacies, and underdeveloped paragraphs.
Create subcategories. After you have followed these steps, create points under it that provide support for the main point. The number of categories that you use depends on the amount of information that you are trying to cover. There is no right or wrong number to use.
If appropriate, organize the main points of your outline in chronological order. In papers where you need to trace the history or chronology of events or issues, it is important to arrange your outline in the same manner, knowing that it’s easier to re-arrange things now than when you’ve almost finished your paper.
The following questions will help you identify the topic and make a plan for writing the outline.
Answer the following questions:
You can refer to the following wiki in order to get more information and additional instruction.
Below is an examples you can follow
Outline for a Five-Paragraph Essay
Thesis statement: ____________________
First Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): ____________________
Second Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): ____________________
Third Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): ____________________
Restate thesis: ____________________