For 11.5.17

Outline another article on your topic

  • Revise your sub-heads so they tell a better or different story
  • Include lots of questions: what are you looking for?
  • Compare how differently people are discussing the issue and what you might think about: practice exploration and reflection
  • When you find something interesting, draft a few sentences explaining what you’ve found, what you think about it: learn how to use your outlining to collect, reflect on, and write up your thoughts

Outline/Explore your topic differently

Outline your topic differently and start with a classmate’s example

  • Identify how differently they did it, learn from it, and apply
  • Explain what they did differently and how you did it differently

There are many different ways of organizing an outline of an article, for example, like this is or this, or one or more of the many different ways others have done

  • The first issue here is exploring different ways so you will have many different ones to choose from to find the best way
  • The second issue is your being able to learn from others, so that we build learning from others into our lessons

For additional tips on exploring your topic, you might consider:

  • Finding Your Topic offers advice on how to get started, how to find something completely interesting and motivating

For your next reading of Chapter 2 of Craft, maybe read From Chit-Chat to Research which discussed to work up your little interest into something big

Outlining Checklist

Spend a little time learning something else about outlining, and if you don’t immediately have a problem you’d like to solve, they survey the Outlining Checklist to learn something you’ve not done yet

  • You might organize your outlining checklist better, including, using more symbols, grouping your shortcuts better
  • Create notes which YOU will find easier to use: you are building a toolkit for Life

Add your thoughts to your outline

Learn how you might better “capture” your thoughts by practicing note-taking “on the fly,” after reading something new, on your way from here and there

  • Set up a synchronized (among your devises) note-taking system
  • Use it by adding notes you collect “along the way,” or “on the fly.”
  • twitter feed, a reminders list, or a simple note-pad
  • Idea Management: Learn how to capture your ideas “on the fly”

The issue is reflection and memory: after we study and outline, we usually have thoughts later: if we don’t write them down we will forget, so set up a system and routine to use it to capture those thoughts and add them later

  • In your homework, discuss how your note-taking routine has changed
  • Identify thoughts and ideas you thought about later and write them up like this: “later, after class, on my way home, I thought … “


  • Learn how better to exploit your internal conversations by having them like De Nero’s you talkin’ to me?, but unlike De Nero you use a pen and notebook instead of a gun to write things down
  • Recognize that your problem is to overcomde forgetting, which we can counter by taking notes and revising them
  • Following Duhigg, who explains how habits work, organize your calendar better, including scheduling when and where you will do your homework
  • Simplify your life by Getting Things Done, a method based on a workflow. whereby you organize and act on the things you have to do as so many steps.

Next, we will consider


Learn more about code

  • Continue reading Duckett, but this time create notes a bit differently and more oriented towards helping you understand what is going on
  • If you’ve not already done so, create a WordPress account by visiting Support, reading the excellent advice you will find there, setting up an account, and playing with publishing your first post, including learning how to copy and paste from Word to WordPress
  • Create a short (one or two paragraphs only) test article on your topic and publish it on your WordPress site, just get started and see how your notes translate into a published article

Learn how to integrate Images

Learn how to use images to explore your topic and express yourself

  • Survey images on your topic, collect (and rename) a bunch
  • Learn how to resize to sizes 240 and 360 pixels
  • Choose one image and explain it, walk us through it with some precision as we demonstrated in class
  • Place this image strategically in your blog post, maybe at the top so you can organize your article around it


  • Please post your files on our Dropbox using the following format: “Gautier, 4.5”
  • If you want to copy any of the file, be sure to copy and not drag the (deleting)
  • If you do not find files that are supposed to be there, send me an email