Outlining and the CCSS

penStudents are often taught how to outline, and then are required to outline chapter after chapter in social studies or science.  Outlining in an excellent writing tool to help the writer organize a paper and checking to see if everything is connected properly.  Outlines can also be used to organize a topic and see the larger picture – such as a chapter in social studies.  However, just having the skill or using it to outline chapters does not necessarily help with learning and retaining information.

Learning occurs when you do something with the information you have.  Outlining the chapter is only the first step.  Students also need to take those notes and outlines and extend them.  They need to elaborate with details, synthesize those details and facts and link them to the key ideas.  In other words, we can no longer just use the outline to ensure they have read the information, nor can we use the outline simply to teach the skill of outlining or to study for a test.  Using outlines in this fashion met the standards under NCLB but no longer meets the standards under CCSS.


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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