For 20.10.17

  • Outlining
  • Analyze McAfee, When Info is NOT the answer
  • Report Structures
  • Eight Strategies for Using Sources


We are learning the Outline View in MS Word to be able to analyse management texts systematically, address our questions and those of others, draft, revise, and otherwise organise our thoughts and expression, and to start your notes will soon look like this

  • Learn Learn the Outline features we are discussing in class, which I’ve outlined at the top of my Outlining Checklist
  • Note-taking Create notes for each procedure and shortcut you learn in your Notes (OS X) or any Windows notebook so you can test your understanding, slow down and observe how these things work, and be able to look things up when you forget
  • File Naming Use the ‘FirstName, 20.10.17” file I’ve stored on our “Dropbox/For 20.10.17” folder as I’ve already created a basic outline there for you


Definitions are among the most powerful Strategies for Using Sources, because your sources will introduce specialised terms, or use general terms in specialised ways, that you will need in order to understand what they are saying be able to express yourself effectively

  • Dictionary Setup Follow the advice on my Definitions for installing four quick dictionary links in your browser and where for each you will replace “risk” with your new terms
  • Research one or more terms you find in the assigned or other texts and in your notes include quotes and paraphrase of the definitions that you think helpful
  • Reflect on the term, like I have done in class, and where you connect the term to what you know, explore how it might be different, and so make the term your own
  • Report on your findings using Reporting Verbs, because report structures are necessary in order to distinguish what they say from what you might think about it, and you need to think about it
  • Talk/Write Discuss your findings, because conversation is a powerful way to remember, to check your understanding, and to clarify your though: report on these conversations, too

Analyze McAfee, When Info is NOT the answer

  • Scan Identify major sections so you are sure you learn what is there before you develop a commentary about it: check your scan by looking at the screenshots I’ve now saved on our Dropbox for you
  • Analyze For each section, write up some thoughts — what does it mean, what do you think about it, where have you seen this before, what would you like to know about this, etc.
  • Outline all of this as you go along, and for the most part write only fragments, things you observe, learn how to use outlining for note-taking: drafting we’ll do when you think you have something to write up, but right now you are just learning, exploring, preparing

Eight Strategies for Using Sources

  • Compare and contrast the first three argument types you will find there and apply to your discussion of McAfee: how is he using his source?

Steps for Better Thinking

  • Review “Wolcott Steps for Better Thinking”, a template of thinking logics or styles arranged in a hierarchy: identify the steps you are making now and maybe find one or two more you might apply next

What are we doing?

  • We are just starting out, so try to do a little of each, one page is all that is necessary: as we work together you will learn more about this writing process and approach and know better what to do
  • We are exploring various strategies for writing, lots of different methods, knowledges, and “know how” to help you understand English for Management, meaning, how to think and how to use writing for thinking, expression, and communication
  • I am offering you A LOT with the idea that you pick and choose, play with, and make something out of it basically at your own pace
  • Before class next week, I will print out your writing so you can share it with each other, solicit comments and support, and so put your work at the center of our conversation (me blabbing is nice, your writing is the point of it all)