Writing Resources to Help Students Plan Compositions
Help students plan their compositions with Graphic Organizers written to four developmental writing levels for each text type. Graphic Organizers help students shape their initial ideas before creating a draft, and provide an initial plan to follow or revise as they draft.
Why Use Graphic Organizers
During prewriting, students need effective ways to generate or focus ideas, see relationships between and among ideas, and plan their writing.
Graphic organizers can help students make connections, organize their thinking, and generate logical patterns or structures of information to map out, or outline, writing for each text type.
How to Use Graphic Organizers
Give students the text type Graphic Organizers that match their developmental writing levels so that they can plan out the most important information they want to share with the audience for a piece of writing.
Help students to understand that graphic organizers are guides that will help them identify and organize their ideas, but as they write some ideas or details from their organizers might be left out or changed.
Graphic organizers are a great way to get students thinking about organization, ideas, voice and word choice, which are traits of good writing. Choosing words that clearly define and describe a topic during the prewrite step strengthens or clarifies the plan for a composition.