Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Outline Maker

Free! The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Outline Maker lets users generate outlines online. To begin, users must launch the website, and they will then be provided with a blank outline template. Users complete the outline by adding a title, their name, and a thesis statement. At this point, users add subtopics and supporting evidence to strengthen the argument they made in their thesis statement. When their outline is complete, users must click the “Create Outline” button on the top of the screen, which brings them to a new screen where they can view their outline online and have the…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.7
B. Design - 6.8
C. Engagement - 8

7.5

Outline Maker: A Website for Writing and Note Taking

Summary : An Easy-To-Use Outline Tool

The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Outline Maker lets users generate outlines online. To begin, users must launch the website, and they will then be provided with a blank outline template. Users complete the outline by adding a title, their name, and a thesis statement. At this point, users add subtopics and supporting evidence to strengthen the argument they made in their thesis statement. When their outline is complete, users must click the “Create Outline” button on the top of the screen, which brings them to a new screen where they can view their outline online and have the option to save it. If users need support for saving their outline, they can tap the “Save Your Outline” link that appears on the new screen for additional instructions.Please Note: For best results when using this website, users are encouraged to use FireFox.

Instructional Ideas

    1. When planning an essay, teachers can have students use this website to first create an outline. At that point, students can save their outline. Teachers can then have students explain their outline to another student or they can meet with their students individually or in small groups. After explaining their outline, students can make any revisions to it before using it to write their essay.
    2. When listening to a lecture or movie, students can use this website to record the main ideas as subtopics and points, and then record details about them. When finished taking notes, students can download their outline and email it to their teacher for grading.
    3. Teachers can have students frame a debate using this website, and teachers will need to place students in pairs for this activity. To begin, the students will first add a title to the outline. Then, instead of adding a thesis statement, students will write the topic of their debate (e.g., gun control, abortion, the death penalty, etc.). Next, the students will add the first point of debate within the topic as a subtopic. To start the debate, one student will enter his/her opening argument as the “First Point” under the first subtopic and include supporting evidence. Next, the other student will make a counterpoint to the opening argument as the “Second Point” also under the first subtopic along with supporting evidence. After adding in the counterpoint, that student will follow-up by offering the first point for his/her side of the debate as the next subtopic, and let his/her partner add a counterpoint. Students can continue this debate format for all four subtopics points. When complete, students can practice their oral debate skills using this outline before debating in front of their classmates or they can use an app to record themselves debate.
    4. Students can use this website as template for an experiment. To do so, students will complete the outline but, instead of offering a thesis statement, they will complete that section by entering a hypothesis. Then, for each subtopic and supporting evidence, students can describe a method they used to test their hypothesis. When finished, students can use this outline to create a multimedia presentation about their hypothesis and how they conducted experiments to prove or refine it.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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