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7th Grade Outlining Format and Sample

Mr. Hanel

Peterson Middle School

Seventh Grade World History

Room A-3

OUTLINING FORMAT

 

Purpose:         Outlining is important because it allows you to understand and study information presented to you in textbooks, videos, and lectures in an organized and efficient manner.  Outlining can also be an essential tool when organizing your writing.  Your textbook is laid out in a fashion that makes outlining easy to understand.  Remember write your outlines so that YOU can understand them and use them to help you study.

 

 Outline Title (Chapter & Section)

 

I.                    First topic of the section.  (printed in red)

 

A.      Supporting topic.  (printed in blue)

 

1.      Specific information from the topic.

2.      Specific information from the topic.

3.      Specific information from the topic.

 

a.      More specific information.

b.       More specific information.

 

B.      Supporting topic.  (printed in blue)

 

1.      Specific information from the topic.

2.      Specific information from the topic.

3.      Specific information from the topic.

 

a.      More specific information.

        b.   More specific information.

 

II.         Second topic of the section.  (printed in red)

 

A.      Supporting topic.  (printed in blue)

 

1.      Specific information from the topic.

2.      Specific information from the topic.

3.      Specific information from the topic.

 

a.   More specific information.

b.   More specific information.

 

B.      Supporting topic.  (printed in blue)

 

1.      Specific information from the topic.

2.      Specific information from the topic.

3.      Specific information from the topic.

 

a.      More specific information.

b.       More specific information.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Hanel

Chapter #1, Section #1 outline

September 12, 2006

Period 1

 

Uncovering the Remote Past

I.                   In Search of the Past

 

A.    Historians and archaeologists study the past like detectives trying to solve a mystery

 

1.  ask questions

2.  look at evidence

3.  draw conclusions and try to reconstruct what happened long ago

                  

                   B.  Myths and Legends

 

1.     stories passed down through time

 

C.  Written records

 

          1.  primary source

                   a. record that was created at or near the time of an event

                   b. includes speeches, autobiographies, diaries, letters, poems,  

                      songs, and paintings

                                 2.  secondary source

                                      a. an account written some time after an event has occurred

                                      b. your history textbook is an example of a secondary source

 

                   D.  Material culture

 

                             1.  consists of the buildings. tools and other objects that shape how

                                 people live

                             2.  finding and studying material culture is the work of archaeologists

                             3.  archaeologists excavate sites to look for artifacts

                                      a. things made by human hands like tools, pots, weapons, and

                                         jewelry

 

II.       When Time Stopped in Pompeii

 

                   A. one of the best places to study the material culture of Rome is Pompeii

                            

                             1.  Pompeii built at the foot of a volcano called Mt. Vesuvius

                             2.  when volcano erupted in A.D. 79 thick layers of ash buried the town

                             3.  Pompeii remained buried for about 1700 years

                             4.  Studies of Pompeii’s temples, markets, and public baths provide

     clues to how its people lived

          a. elegant villas stood in gardens with statues and fountains

 

          b. mosaic floors and colorful wall paintings showed their owners’

     wealth and love of beauty

 

III.      Interpreting the Past

 

                   A. after gathering evidence historians analyze what they have found

 

                             1.  sometimes there are conflicts between sources

                             2.  historians try to interpret what they have learned

                                      a. interpretations may change over time as new facts are                  

                                         discovered

                             3.  historians weave their facts and interpretations into a story

                                      a. tell us what happened and why

                                      b. historians try and paint an accurate picture of the past




CORNELL FORMAT
 
 
 
 
Mr. Hanel
Peterson Middle School
Room A-3    
 
CORNELL NOTETAKING FORMAT        
 
 
 
1.      Draw a line 2.5 to 3 inches from the left margin.    
 
 
 
2.      The widest section of the page is for notes (right side).    
 
 
 
3.      The smaller section is for marginal questions (left side).    
 
 
 
4.      It is not necessary to use traditional outline format, but details should be indented under main points.  Use dashes, stars, dots – anything to show the               
          relationship between main idea and detail.    
 
 
 
5.      It is not necessary to write complete sentences; phrases are fine.    
 
 
 
6.      It is not possible to write every word when listening to a video or lecture.  Listen for main ideas and important details.    
 
 
 
7.      Listen for verbal cues when taking video or lecture notes.  If your teacher says “The definition is…” or you hear “The three main causes are…”          
         chances are you need to know that definition, and you need to write the three causes.    
 
 
 
8.      Marginal questions need to be written as soon after taking notes as possible; remember – forgetting takes its greatest toll in 24 hours.    
 
 
 
9.      Marginal questions need to be written beside your answer so that you can easily check the accuracy of your answer.    
 
 
 
10. When studying notes, cover up the note column with a piece of paper and practice answering the question.  You can ask a friend or parent to quiz you, 
       or you can quiz yourself.    
 
 
 
11. This notetaking format has a built in provision for active study.  First you write the notes, then orally recite your notes and write questions about their 
      content, and finally cover your notes and quiz yourself out loud by answering the questions.    
 
 
 
12. Perhaps your teachers have put all of their notes on the board or overhead and you simply copied what they had written.  That will not always be the 
      case.  Notetaking is a skill you will use throughout your school career.  Learn to do it well now!  




Sample Outline Using the Cornell Format




Cornell Notes

 

Title of Chapter in Textbook and Section # 

    Chapter #1 - Early Exploration and Settlement

    Section #3 - Spanish America 

            

Reduce & then Recite

- Create questions which elicit   

  critical thinking, not 1 word  

  answers

- Write questions directly across 

  from the answers in your notes

- Leave a space or draw a pencil line  

  separating questions

Record for Review

-   Write headings and key words

-   Take sufficient notes with selective (not too much verbiage) & accurate

    paraphrasing

-   Skip a line between ideas and topics

-   Use bulleted lists and abbreviations

-   Correctly sequence information

-   Include diagrams or tables if needed for clarification

 

I.  Spanish in the Americas                                                                                 

 

     A.  Conquest of the Aztec Empire

1.  Who was the ruler of the 

    Aztec Empire? 

     1.  Moctezuma ruled the Aztec Empire

2.  What was the name of capital 

     of the Aztec Empire? 

         2.  capital of the empire was Tenochtitlan

 

            a.  large city 

     

            b.  had temples and buildings 

 

            c.  built on a large island in the middle of a lake 

 

         3.  the Aztec had thousands of warriors

 

         4.  Cortes had superior weapons   

3.  Who helped Cortes conquer the      Aztec Empire?

                  a.  received help from an Indian women named Malintzin                                    

 

            b.  also received help from the enemies of the Aztec

 

         5.  Cortes took Moctezuma prisoner and seized control of  

             Tenochtitlan

 

         6.  after being driven off of the Aztec, Cortes attacked again

 

            a.  Tenochtitlan lay in ruins

4.  What helped quicken the fall 

     of the Aztec Empire? 

            b.  Small Pox and other diseases brought by the Spanish 

                quickened the fall of the Aztec Empire

 

     B.  Pizarro's Conquest of the Inca

5.  How much territory did the 

     Inca Empire cover? 

         1.  the Inca ruled over territory stretching from Chile to 

             Columbia

 

         2.  the Spanish killed the Inca ruler

6.  In what year was the Inca 

    Empire conquered by Pizarro? 

         3.  Pizarro and American Indian allies conquered the Inca 

             Empire by 1534

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection

In your own words and in complete sentences, write a 3 – 4 sentence summary paragraph. 

Your summary should cover the main concepts of the notes, be accurate, and have adequate details.

 In reading the section on Spanish America I have come to realize that Spanish Explorers were motivated

 by their search for gold and silver.  Hernan Cortes was a conquistador who lead a military expedition

 to the Americas.  Cortes was at first welcomed by the Aztec and Moctezuma.  After Cortes took

 Moctezuma prisoner and seized control of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec drove the Spanish from their city.

 Cortes and the Spanish were particularly brutal to the Aztec.  The Aztec not only suffered from battle,

 but also suffered from the many diseases brought to the Americas by the Spanish.

 


 
 
 
 
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