Just like you would outline a research paper, it's important to think about how you order text in your StoryMap. With a range of dynamic visual options available, you should think about what mapped locations/images/videos should appear, when, and how.
Once you've chosen a layout, it's a good idea to create an outline. Make a list of sections and decide how this information will be presented in the StoryMap. If using the mapping feature, identify which place(s) will appear and when; decide if you will show an image/video alongside the text. Depending on the design of your StoryMap, some of these sections might not pertain to you. For example, you might list out subsections in your outline, but exclude their titles in the actual StoryMap. You might design a Full-width Annotated Map if you are less concerned with a sequential narrative and readers can peruse sections in any order.
The example outline below could work with a StoryMap using Large Immersive Map, Large Immersive Images, or Large Scrolling Images format -- in other words, any of the Quick Start Templates you see on ArcGIS Online:
However you approach planning, keep asking yourself: how am I using StoryMaps' features to strengthen my argument/narrative?
|Name the section. Be descriptive! Think about this like a website. There might be an introductory/overview paragraph, but its title offers some contextualization for the reader.||Briefly describe/list what you're going to say in this section.
For example: What's your main idea? What evidence/ examples will you discuss? In what order?
As you plan your summary, you might discover some of its contents needs to move to a different section.
What location will the map show?
If one section will show multiple locations, I recommend indicating a "subsection"
|What image(s) or video will appear?|
Using the sample outline, I've begun drafting a StoryMap about the gentrification of Kelly Square in Worcester, Massachusetts:
|Gentrification of Kelly Square||
Introductory sentence problematizing the transformation of Kelly Square
List my categories of examples + types of datasets
Main idea/thesis statement about gentrification gradually shifting the culture of Worcester.
|The "Old" Kelly Square||Summarize interview data about pre-2000's Kelly Square, focusing on large homeless population and local music community.|
|subsections:||Green Street||Green Street (mapped as a line)||none|
|Dive Bar||Divebar location||Exterior image of Divebar|
Mid 2000's Transformation
Discuss the different business ventures on Water Street during the mid-2000's. Discuss Dzian Gallery's efforts to increase foot traffic on the street.
|Water Street (mapped as a line)||none|
|The "New" Kelley Square||Discuss the different food and art businesses in the area and their efforts to integrate themselves into existing urban architecture.|
|subsections:||Crompton Collective||Crompton Collective location||Multiple images of Crompton Collective exterior and interior|
|WooSox Stadium||WooSox Stadium location, maybe with the footprint outlined?||Image of WooSox exterior|