Organizing Information

There are only a few ways to organize any type of information. In earlier exercises we used the idea of grouping, ordering, or sequencing in alphabetical (A, B, C), numerical order (1, 2, 3) and more or less relationships. In this session we introduce the ideas of chronological or time ordering, and location ordering.

Organizing by Time

Organizing things by "time" means organizing information, especially events, by earlier to later or later to earlier. Organizing information by time is also called putting things in chronological order. Let's try some examples!

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Question

1)
Which of these lists of events is in the correct chronological order?
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
None of the above

2)
Which of these lists of events is in the correct chronological order?
Pilgrims Landing, Roman Empire, 1st Man on the Moon, Lincoln as President
Pilgrims Landing, Roman Empire, Lincoln as President, 1st Man on the Moon
Roman Empire, Pilgrims Landing, Lincoln as President, 1st Man on the Moon
None of the above

3)
Which of these lists places the Presidents in correct chronological order by the years of their Presidency?
Richard Nixon, George Washington, William Clinton, Abe Lincoln
George Washingon, Abe Lincoln, Richard Nixon, William Clinton
Abe Lincoln, George Washington, William Clinton, Richard Nixon
None of the above

Organizing by Location

Organizing by location means that we order things by geographical (North, South, East, West) or position (above, below, next to) relationships. Let's try some examples!

Question

1)

Organizing information by location in the body. Select the body parts located in the head.
Rods and cones
Molars
Cerebrum
All of the above

2)
Organizing information by location in the body. Select the body parts located in the chest?
Rods and cones
Aorta
Digestive enzymes
All of the above

Now let's try to use organizing information in some subject examples:

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