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Information, Media and Technological Literacy, Communication, Arts and Communication, English Language Arts, Writing, Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Material Type:
Lesson, Module
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Research
  • Research Skills
  • Writing a Rough Draft
  • Writing an Outline
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML, Video

    Apply Strategies for Outlining and Drafting Information

    Apply Strategies for Outlining and Drafting Information


    Students will apply strategies for organizing and outlining information.


    Many projects throughout your life will require you to be skilled at organization, group work, and keeping facts straight. For example, you’ll need those skills when: 

    • You decide to buy a new car 

    • You want to buy a house 

    • You are working on a project for a neighborhood or community group 

    • Your boss assigns you and your team to complete a project 

    • Your college professor assigns you a research project 

    School projects help you develop organizational skills and note-taking skills you’ll need in the future.  

    Use a Graphic Organizer to Outline Your Essay

    Once you have thoroughly evaluated all your sources, you are ready to begin your outline.

    interactive formUse the Writing an Essay: Graphic Organizer attached below to organize your research notes. Once you have finished, print or save your completed graphic organizer. 

    essay graphic organizer


    Use a Concept Web to Outline Your Essay

    Ideas can be organized using templates like the examples below for your written essay or debate. Once notes are gathered from research, graphic organizers can assist you in assembling the facts or main points. 

    webpageReview how to organize your research notes using the article Visual Ways to Organize Your Ideas attached below. Determine if using a concept web is the best way to organize your research notes and ideas. Concept webs can be created using paper and pencil or using digital tools. 


    Test Your Knowledge

    ​Teacher Tip

    Assess your students' research skills using the Putting it Together quiz. Copy and paste quiz questions from the Google Doc to a Google Form or your choice of assessment platform. An answer key is available.

    Find additional assessment questions in TRAILS Archive - Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills located in INFOhio's Open Space.

    Test your knowledge with the Putting it Together quiz linked below, An answer key is available in the Instructor Notes.