Wrap up the pre-writing process by showing students how to create an outline. Students organize the evidence and arguments on their idea webs into an outline that acts as a road map for their essay. This lesson teaches them to start their outlines from the middle, then shows them how to add information for the introduction and conclusion.
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ASK students to prepare for class by getting out the two idea webs they already completed, and several sheets of their own paper.
DISTRIBUTE one “The Dreaded Outline” outline activity to each student.
READ the top of the first page with the class. (Explain that tomorrow they will be using their idea webs to create their own outlines.)
ASSIST students as needed as they draw lines from the idea web to the outline on the first page.
REVIEW the answers with the class, emphasizing that the outline has the same information as the idea web, but in a planned-out order.
REVIEW the second page of the outline activity with the class.
SHOW the complete outline for Sarah’s ribbon, using either the overhead transparency master or the 1-slide Power Point.
TELL students they will be using their own paper to make one outline for each of their idea webs. The format of their outlines should match the sample complete outline for Sarah’s ribbon.
GUIDE students through the outlining process. Tell them to start with the middle, leaving space at the top and bottom of the paper to fill in the introduction and conclusion parts later. They should follow the same process you went through on the worksheet.