IM 355 01, 02 & 03: Interactive Media Theories, Concepts, and Practices

Spring 2020

Outlining

1. Outlines can use words, phrases, or complete sentences. For all IM 355 assignments, please use full sentence outlines. IM 355 outlines do NOT use bullets.

2. Subdivide topics by a system of numbers and letters, followed by a period and using indentation to mark levels of importance.

3. Where there is a subdivision, at least two items must result and items at the same level of abstraction are in the same place in the hierarchy both with regard to symbolization and indentation.

4. Subpoints must relate to the main points above them.

5. Use alternate symbols rather than closely related pairs. For instance, use A, 1, & 2 rather than A, a, & b.

6. Generally, one looks for the following pattern:

    A. (main point) Full sentence outlines help you prepare orderly and complete materials for written papers and oral presentations.

    1. (subpoint)Planning properly coordinated main points and subpoints keeps your treatment of the subject on topic.

    i. (evidence) For example, writing guides illustrate the effectiveness of this technique.

    ii. (evidence) a comparison of these two student papers, one that does not use outlines with one that does, indicates the effectiveness of preparing outlines prior to writing.

    2. (subpoint) When you outline main points, subpoints, and evidence, you can see where you have sufficient/insufficient support for points, thereby helping you target research and development.

    i. I need some evidence in support of this sub point

    ii. I need some evidence in support of this sub point

    3. Determination of the subpoints (what did we learn about the main point)?

    4. After completing and discussing a main point, provide a transition to the next main point

    B. Main point (repeat pattern)

Further explanations can be found here

This assignment is for Reading Summaries (5), (22), (23). The teaching (but not the assignment instructions) also applies to your outline for your paper/project.

When your reading summary is targeted at a full sentence outline of the author's writing, I want you to outline the material in the chapter(s) by indicating three main points, two subpoints for each main point, and two pieces of evidence for each subpoint. If you wish, you may indicate the determination of the subpoints and transitions to the next main point (if they appear). Include page numbers for the elements.

an example (.pdf download, a file without the documentation that you will need when you write the outline for your research paper later in the term, and without reference page numbers, but ok as an example for reading summary full-sentence outlines).

(A) Concept Exams

(B) Text Reading
Summaries/Analyses

(C) Concept Application
Notes & Discussions
(D) 3-part-Research Writing Project
(E) Extra Credit Grading Special Considerations
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