Relationships among sets of points

Being able to identify the main points and subpoints is useful. Being able to identify the relationship(s) among sets of points is even better. As a writer, you should use sets of points that have clear relationships among them. This helps you write more effectively by helping the audience follow your train of thought/content coverage.

This assignment asks you to identify sets of points (main or subpoints) and their relationships as used by our authors. What are the relationships among sets of points that lead the reader to “follow along” in a predictable way? For example, a series of points can be organized via relationships such as:

Problem, solution, benefit/cost (problem/solution/outcome)
Cause, effects
Advantages, Disadvantages
Past, present, future. (time)
Big, medium, small (size)
Extreme, average, minimized (percentage)
West, central, east (space/geographic)
Hot, medium, cold (temperature)
Known categories (for example: Executive, Judicial, Legislative). If you make categories up, they have to be very easily recognizable/understandable)
Active, stuck, passive (action orientation)

When your reading summary calls for an analysis of the relationships among sets of points,

1) summarize the reading

2) Identify the way that the main points in the reading are organized and the ways that subpoints are organized in predicatable fashion.

a) list 2 or 3 main points that are organized in a predictable way (as found in the list above--- or in a similar set of relationships).

b) list 2 or 3 sub points that are organized in a predictable way (as found in the list above--- or in a similar set of relationships).

Locate the points and name and describe the relationship that organizes them. Be sure to look for familiar relationships such as those listed above.

When your reading summary calls for you to organize Your thesis and main points into three organizational patterns

1) summarize the reading

2) Identify the way that YOU WOULD ORGANIZE main points in the reading and list those main points in three (different) organizational patterns.

an Example:

Summary: The AT&T monopoly controlled everything from the telephone service to the telephone set in the homes and offices of America. Users were prohibited from connecting foreign devices to their network. There were modems that AT&T sold but they were expensive, and so it was hard for amateur computer enthusiasts to go online. AT&T refused most innovative technologies and tried to guard its network for anything other than what they wanted on it. After a while, AT&T lost enough legal battles with innovators and their network was opened to the homebrew generation. Then BBS’s were created, initially by Christensen and Suess, which provided a amateurs a way post and share files. BBS’s stink though because they can only accommodate one user at a time. BBS was improved with the development of FidoNet and later EchoMail which linked more users globally. BBS started the social computing revolution. The military would use computer networking to develop the jet engine.  American airlines created SABRE to connect all flights in the US and Canada to one centralized computer station. Networks would form, and mostly for commercial use. Eventually, non commercial, subscription services were offered for home networking. AOL was one of the more popular one, but as the web grew in popularity they were only seen as mere internet service providers. There were also companies that failed to see the importance of computers. It was not until the mid 60s that industrial business began to utilize computers. By the 80s PCs were being used virtually on every level of business.  LAN was used by universities and offices to connect all kinds of devices to the network, and the number of devices connected to the internet exponentially grew.

Main Points: My three main points organized via; problem, solution, and outcome:

“Computer users at home to be able to connect their machines to the phone lines. This would be a challenge” (65),

“The telephone network opens, the grassroots networks form…” (66),

“Private networks of the jet age and the centrifugal trend with in business” (70).

Reorganized via time, they would be:

"Users first connected to the Internet via dial-up modums"

"Later, modums became built-into connection protocols"

"In the future, most users will remain connected to networks, 24/7"

Reorganized via size (larger to smaller), they would be:

"AT&T battledwith early pioneers over control of the entire Internet"

"Eventually, AT&T settled for providing some of the infrastructure for the Internet"

"Now AT&T provides some specific services to Internet users."