Robert’s Rules of Order > 14. Plan for Study of Parliamentary Law > Lesson Outlines

Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert's Rules of Order.  1915.


Organizing and Conducting Business in Mass Meetings and Permanent Societies.
Organization, pp. 275277.
Offering, Amending, and Adopting Resolutions, pp. 277280.
Committee on Resolutions, pp. 280283.
Permanent Society, 1st Meeting, pp. 284286.
Permanent Society, 2d Meeting, pp. 286291.
Permanent Society, Regular Meeting, pp. 291, 292.
Obtaining the Floor, etc., pp. 2528.
Preparing, Making, and Seconding Motions and Resolutions, pp. 3338.
Debate, Stating and Putting Questions, and What Motions to Use to Accomplish Certain Objects.
Stating the Question, p. 38.
Debate, pp. 38, 39.
Secondary Motions, p. 40.
Putting the Question and Announcing the Vote, pp. 4043.
What Motions to Use to Accomplish Certain Objects, pp. 4351.
[The form of making each of these motions should be explained by the leader or teacher.]
How to Find if a Motion is in Order, if it can be Debated, Amended, or Reconsidered, and if it Requires a Second, or a 2/3 Vote, etc.
Order of Precedence of Motions, p. 5.
Table of Rules Relating to Motions, pp. 6 – 12.
[The order of Precedence of Motions, p. 5, should be memorized, and the student should be able by reference to the Table of Rules to find quickly the ruling on any of the 300 questions decided by it.]
Definitions, and How to Find Rulings in the Manual.
Plan of the Manual, pp. 2022.
Definitions, pp. 22 – 24.
Plan of the Index, p. 313.
Practice in the Use of the Entire Manual for finding Rulings or Decisions.
Amend, pp. 134152.
Inserting or adding, striking out, and striking out and inserting words, pp. 137140.
Amendments affecting an entire paragraph, pp. 140143.
Improper Amendments, pp. 143146.
Motions that cannot be Amended, pp. 146, 147.
Amending Minutes, p. 148.
Filling Blanks, pp. 148152.
Classification of Motions and Most of the Privileged Ones.
Main Motions, pp. 5154.
Subsidiary Motions, pp. 5456.
Incidental Motions, pp. 56, 57.
Privileged Motions, pp. 57, 58.
Certain Other Motions, p. 58.
Fix the Time to which to Adjourn, pp. 59, 60.
Adjourn, pp. 6064.
Take a Recess, pp. 6466.
Questions of Privilege, pp. 6668.
Orders of the Day, and Definite and Indefinite Postponement.
Postpone Indefinitely, pp. 152, 153.
Postpone Definitely or to a Certain Time, pp. 121125.
Call for the Orders of the Day, pp. 6871.
General and Special Orders, pp. 7177.
Laying Aside a Question Temporarily, Resuming its Consideration, and Closing and Limiting Debate.
Lay on the Table, pp. 104111.
Take from the Table, pp. 154156.
Previous Question, pp. 111118.
Limit or Extend Limits of Debate, pp. 118120.
The Motion to Commit, and Committees.
Commit, pp. 125134.
Special and Standing Committees, pp. 211220.
Form of their Reports, pp. 215, 216.
Form of Minority Report, p. 216.
Committees (Concluded).
Reception of Committees’ Reports, pp. 220223.
Adoption of Committees’ Reports, pp. 223229.
Committee of the Whole, pp. 229233.
As if in Committee of the Whole, pp. 233, 234.
Informal Consideration, pp. 234, 235.
Committees Classified, pp. 206, 207.
Boards of Managers, etc., and Executive Committees, pp. 207210.
Ex-Officio Members of Boards and Committees, p. 210.
Reconsidering and Rescinding a Vote.
Reconsider, pp. 156165.
Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes, pp. 165168.
Rescind, pp. 169, 170.
Some Miscellaneous and Incidental Motions.
Renew, pp. 171173.
Ratify, pp. 173, 174.
Dilatory and Absurd Motions, pp. 174, 175.
Incidental Motions, pp. 56, 57.
Questions of Order, pp. 7881.
Appeal, pp. 8183.
Suspension of the Rules, pp. 8387.
Incidental Motions (Concluded).
Objection to the Consideration of a Question, pp. 8789.
Division of a Question, pp. 8992.
Consideration by Paragraph or Seriatim, pp. 9295.
Division of the Assembly and Other Motions relating to Voting and the Polls, pp. 95, 96.
Motions relating to Methods of Making and to Closing and to Reopening Nominations, pp. 96, 97.
Parliamentary Inquiry, pp. 98, 99.
Request for Information, pp. 99, 100.
To Withdraw or Modify a Motion, pp. 100, 101.
To Read Papers, pp. 101, 102.
To be Excused from a Duty, pp. 102104.
Request for any other Privilege, p. 104.
Debate, pp. 39 and 178180.
Decorum in Debate, pp. 180182.
Closing and Preventing Debate, pp. 182184.
Principles of Debate, pp. 184187.
Motions that Open the Main Question to Debate, p. 187.
Undebatable Motions, p. 187.
Voting, pp. 188201.
Announcing the Vote, pp. 190, 191.
Voting by Ballot, pp. 193196.
Voting by Yeas and Nays, pp. 197, 198.
General Consent, pp. 198, 199.
Voting by Mail, pp. 199, 200.
Voting by Proxy, pp. 200, 201.
Votes that are Null and Void even if Unanimous, pp. 201, 202.
Motions requiring More than a Majority Vote, pp. 202206.
The Officers and the Minutes.
Chairman or President, pp. 236244.
Hints to Inexperienced Chairmen, pp. 242244.
Secretary or Clerk, pp. 244247.
Corresponding Secretary, p. 246.
The Minutes, pp. 247250.
Executive Secretary, pp. 250, 251.
Treasurer, pp. 251253.
Nominations and Elections, and Miscellaneous.
Session, pp. 253257.
Meeting, pp. 253255.
Quorum, pp. 257261.
Order of Business, pp. 261263.
Nominations and Elections, pp. 263, 264.
[As the officers are usually elected by ballot that method of voting (pages 193196) should be reviewed in connection with this lesson. The incidental motions relating to the methods of making nominations and taking the vote and of closing and reopening nominations and the polls (pages 9597) should also be reviewed in connection with this lesson.]
Rules of an Assembly and their Amendments.
Constitutions, pp. 264266.
By-laws, pp. 266, 267.
Rules of Order, pp. 267, 268.
Standing Rules and their Amendment, pp. 268, 269.
Amendment of Constitutions, etc., pp. 269273.
Amending a Proposed Amendment to the Constitution, etc., p. 272.
Review Use of Tables on pages 510, and Index.


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