My child's daycare center uses a developmental game in which they put a pile of differently colored lego blocks and set of cannisters with the names of colors on them in front of the child. The child then has to separate the blocks into the proper cannisters. It doesn't matter how the child gets the job done, as long as at the end all of the blues are together, reds are together, etc. This is not only a good developmental exercise, it is a good example of Spatial Organization. Spatial organization focuses on the placement of sites or objects relative to one another. It is a way of organizing the three-dimensional world for an audience. The kids are given "directions," but they are not chronological. The kid makes sense of the experience by relating things according to WHERE, not what, when or how.
It wasn't that hard to get you from anywhere in the world to the Chrysler Building using Chronological Organization for two reasons:
We also know the point of origin (LaGuardia Airport) of the process. But what if our mythical tourist can't go straight to the Chrysler Building? What if she has to check into her hotel first, and you don't know where that hotel is? Or what if the Chrysler Building--a relatively easy landmark to spot--isn't her destination? What if it is in the middle of Central Park? Or Yosemite? Or down a river?
How is going? Wouldn't it be easier to find a few obvious landmarks and place the location within view of them? If you tried to write the outline above, you have probably done so anyway--"Go about two miles. You'll go over a railroad bridge." To locate an object in this way is an example of spatial organization.
When employing Spatial Development, keep these things in mind:
|Topic:||How to Get to the Chrysler Building.|
|General Purpose:||To Inform.|
|Specific Speech Purpose:||The audience member will be able to find the Chrysler Building.|
|Central Idea:||The unique characteristics of the Chrysler Building are visible from many Manhattan locations.|
|Main Idea I:||The Chrysler Building is famous for the Art Deco adornments that crown it.|
|A. The metal spire.|
|B. The sunburst decoration.|
|C. The eagles at the four corners.|
|Main Idea II:||You can see it from anywhere on Lexington Avenue.|
|A. The view from Citicorp.|
|B. The view from 34th street.|
|Main Idea III:||It is visible from most of 42nd Street.|
|A. At the southeast corner of Grand Central Station.|
|B. The view from Times Square.|
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