Outlining and brainstorming

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Outlining and brainstorming

  1. 1. Brainstorming and Outlining Week Five
  2. 2. Brainstorming: Freewriting  When you begin writing and write non-stop (usually 5-10 minutes) without worrying about structure, grammar, or correctness  The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible without stopping to edit your work  If you cannot think of anything to write, try writing the topic or thesis again and again
  3. 3. Freewriting exercise  Consider your claim for MLA short essay. Write it at the top of a blank page.  When your instructor says begin, write for 5 minutes without stopping
  4. 4. Brainstorming: Idea Mapping  Draw a circle in the middle of the page  In the circle write a trigger idea (a broad topic)  The trigger word should be connected to your thesis  Record ideas about this idea on branches and subbranches
  5. 5. Idea Mapping Exercise  Create an idea map using your MLA topic  Use a trigger idea and branch from there
  6. 6. Creating an Outline  Dissect your thesis  Understand your main points  Understand the sub-points and evidence for each main point  Organize these thoughts consecutively or coherently  Outline the body first  Use a numeral and/or alphabetical organization tactic  Color coding often helps
  7. 7. Let’s create an outline using this thesis:  Katrina Van Tassel, from the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, represented the ornamental role female characters played in early American literature because she was only discussed in terms of monetary worth, beauty, and coyness.

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