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Sharon Foxon 15 October 2013
Transcript of Flow-chart Example
Flow-charts and History
This is an example of a flow-chart.
Although it is similar to a time-line, be careful! There are few key differences.
Fill in the middle in a way that makes sense to you. You are PROVING that one event caused another and it must make sense to you or it won't make sense to your audience.
When making your flow chart, it's sometimes a good idea to start at the beginning, jump to the end, and then fill in the middle.
Your heading of each "step" can be the historical event.
Under the heading, you explain the connection to the step before or the step after.
Each of your points are both historical and should have your opinion attached to it.
Poker players no longer have reliable cash around since they use all of it at the poker table.
More and more poker players rely ONLY on credit cards, having spent their entire paycheck on playing poker.
Banks begin to foreclose on homes that poker players gambled away in games during moments of desperation.
2009: The US Economy plummets, making it the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930's.
The National Council on Problem Gaming reaches out to poker players, offering them treatment for their addiction.
The US Government issues grant money to organizations dedicated to stopping poker addiction.
Stores like K-mart are offering "layaway" options as an alternative to using credit cards.
Timelines only tell your audience what happened and in what order.
There are no opinions in a timeline.
A timeline doesn't prove anything.
A timeline is made up of just facts.
A flow-chart has opinions.
You can argue that a flow-chart is incorrect, just like you can argue that a thesis statement is incorrect.
A flow-chart has events in order, just like a timeline, but ALSO has proof that these events were not random.
A flow-chart describes not only the order of events, but can also PROVE that one thing caused another to happen.
Pretend your flow chart argues that Lady Gaga's 2008 single "Poker Face" led to the current state of the economy.
A timeline SHOWS HOW something happened.
A flow-chart PROVES THAT something happened because something else happened first.
To make it very simple:
Poker games around the country skyrocket.
2008: Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" hits
2012: The US Economy is slowly recovering.