Common terms and outline jargon are covered. Topics are brief, single-word items. Subtopics can get into more details, as can sub-subtopics. Subtopics have parent topics. Topics can shift up or down in sequence. A topic can be demoted to a subtopic, and subtopics can be promoted to parent topics. You can show and hide portions of the outline. Add narrative text when necessary.
- Like any other process, organizing an outline…involves using specific and interesting jargon…to describe the various bits and pieces.…This terminology was used back…in the three by five card days,…and it's retained an outlining software as well.…They key points in an outline are called topics.…A topic can be a single word or an entire sentence,…but it's short and to the point.…Topics come in levels.…At the top level are the main topics…which are the shortest but also describe…major categories or areas in the outline.…
To a copy editor, the top level is known as A headings…or often the first headings.…Below the top level come the second level or B headings.…Yes, that can be a pun, which is why…some copy editors use the numbers…instead of letters to identify heading levels.…The B level refers to those topics above it.…Breaking them out into specific details.…Then comes the third level or C headings.…These details are further refined from the B level above it…and you can get down to multiple levels…as you continue hone the outline.…
- Identify the problem with making assumptions about an audience.
- Recall the characteristics of a topic.
- Define narrative text.
- Explain how to transform topics to keep the audience engaged.
- Describe the appearance of levels and subtopics in a PowerPoint slide.