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For support in introducing outlining to students, please see the menu item


Note: This lesson uses an important event in history to illustrate some strategies used by scientists.

Hence, the text and the outline are atypically long.

• To provide the rationale for outlining (and to head off the question

"Why are we doing this"?),  teachers might show the class the first 19 seconds

of my youtube video  "Why Teach Outlining?" . Students should notice that

outlining is a powerful tool that will help them in every subject. 

• For a shorter challenge, teachers might assign students to outline only

   selected paragraphs of the lesson.

This lesson's outline

This is among the more content-heavy lessons. The text consumes approximately 

1 2/3 pages, and the outline consumes 2 1/4 pages of regular-lined paper.


• If students are to complete this lesson and produce an outline outside of class, allow one

   day for them to read the text and complete the review questions, and a second day to

   produce their outline.

• On the due date, allow a few minutes for students to compare their attempt to the one that

   you provide - and to respond to their questions.

---- Outline of U-1 L-3: About Us
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