Chapter 8 Outlines– and how to take notes

Here is an example of how, specifically, to practice the skill of outlining to take notes from your text, as we discussed in class previously.

The goal of these notes is to make your preparation for class more efficient, as well as to help you manage the information you will encounter in college level textbooks, which are not divided into lessons and which do not usually provided vocabulary or terms lists. As you manipulate the information in the chapter, you will also begin to comprehend cause and effect relationships and move to a deeper level of thinking about the material. Finally, these notes are usually much shorter than the “mini-books” some of you have been compiling on your own.

Remember, the procedure is:

1. Skim the text, before you read it. Note subheadings, graphs, charts, and pictures, connecting to what you already know.

2. Reduce and summarize the information into no more than 3-5 subtopics, optimally. Organize the subcategories in a logical format once you have brainstormed them.

3. Try to write your subtopics as questions or prompts.

4. Organize the information under the appropriate sub-category.

5. Make sure you emphasize causal relationships and reasons for significance.

Below are the outlines for your textbook homework for chapter 8. Fill in the outlines with details, and don’t forget historical significance. Complete at least Roman numeral I by Tuesday, September 6.

I. What philosophical ideas underlay the drive to revolution?

A. Thomas Paine

B. Republicanism- an Enlightenment idea

C. Richard Henry Lee

1. Contextualize- What events led him to ask for independence?

D. Declaration of Independence

II. Who were the main players in the drama?

A. Patriots

1. Continental Congress

2. George Washington

3. Benedict Arnold- saint or sinner?

4. von Steuben- our own German

5. Gates

B. British

1. Burgoyne

2. “Howe” stupid is he?

3. Mercenaries

C. Loyalists

1. Where did they tend to cluster?

2. Why did they resist the rhetoric?

3. Where did they run?

D. French—why did they get involved?

1. Marquis de Lafayette

2. Comte de Rochambeau

3. Their navy saves us

E. Native Americans—no matter what, they lose

III. Describe the prosecution of the war itself.

A. Bunker Hill

B. O Canada!

C. New York

D. New Jersey and crossing the Delaware

E. Great Lakes

F. Saratoga- why is it a turning point?

G. War in the South

1. Why did the Brits focus there?

H. The frontier & privateers

I. Yorktown

IV. A new nation is born—Can it last?

A. Another Peace of Paris!

B. What do we get?

C. What do the British get?

D. Those poor Loyalists?

E. How ‘bout the French?

F. Problems facing us as a result of the war


9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mockingbird on September 5, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    thank you for the outline mrs scoop!!

  2. i don’t know if i’ve adjusted yet,,, but i’m trying

  3. Posted by Mari on September 14, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    does congress not havingthe power to regulate commrece fall uner economic or dipolomatic weakness?

  4. Posted by Janna on September 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    thankies for the note help! ^^

  5. Posted by Ryan 6th hr on September 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Why did they resist the rhetoric?

  6. Posted by Ryan 6th hr on September 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    nevermind i looked up rhetoric and i think i know what the answer is

  7. Posted by gindlerk on September 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “You may complete these outlines over chapter 8 for extra credit by Monday, September 15.”

    So the notes are extra credit??

    And are they due on Monday or tomorrow??

  8. These are due tomorrow!!!!!! AAAAUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!

  9. Posted by Robby on September 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So, Ch. 9 is due Monday and
    Ch 8 in outline form is due monday for Ex. Credit?

    (but i thought Ch 8 had to be in outline form and was due on Fri the 11th, or is Ch 9 in outline form the extra credit)


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