Lesson #6 Classification

So we are starting the next organizational strategy: classification

Think about groups and how you put things into groups… Let’s take cars, for example. What kinds of groups of cars are there… You could think of a few things….

1) 4-door sedans, SUVs, sports cars…

2) American cars, Japanese cars, German cars

3) solar cars, electric cars, gas-powered cars

NOTICE – that depending on how you classify them, your story would be completely different.

What could you do, if you wanted to talk about 1) above and people didn’t know what an SUV was or a sports car… what could you tell them?  How about an example!

So that’s what we usually do in classification:

1) We take a subject/topic like cars

2) Then we put it into different categories (4-door, SUV, sports cars)

3) Then we put down examples for each category (Honda Civic, Ford Explorer, Porsche)

QUESTION: What tool can we use in class when listening to a lecture that is organized this way to help us take good notes?  An organizational chart and it looks something like this:

organizational chart

Notice that that top row is the  big topic. The next row are your groups. The bottom row are examples for each group.  This helps you to organize your ideas and now you just need to connect it all with some cues….

QUESTION: What cues can we use to connect and organize our ideas in a classification organization? Read the next paragraph and see if you can identify them.

There are three main categories of cars. The first category is SUVs. SUVs are large 4-wheel drive vehicles that can travel under many road conditions. For example, Ford Explorers can drive in the mountains and through mud. Another example of an SUV is the Hummer. Hummers were strong military vehicles that now are used by civilians. The next category contains sports cars. An example of a sports car is…..

Did you pick out – The first…. For example….Another example….The next category… An example is….

Now you try it – How could you organize your ideas, if the topic was animals… Come up with four groups and some examples for each.

If you were going to give an oral presentation about this, how would it sound?


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