When students are learning to write their first real, five-paragraph essays, they need lots of structure while still feeling like they're creating something adult and meaningful. This graphic organizer helps them to organize their ideas in visually-pleasing steps; using this organizer, they can flesh out their supports, examples, details, introduction, and conclusion on a professional-looking worksheet that shows that you respect their writing process.
The way the worksheet is designed, students can easily see and be reminded that paragraphs are chunks of related sentences which in turn support a thesis statement. (This graphic organizer does not help students to develop their thesis statements. It assumes that they've already chosen and written them. If you'd like a worksheet devoted to thesis generation, or a lesson plan on brainstorming topics or supports, please email me to ask!! I'm working on getting all of my materials posted, but I'll skip those to the front of the line if you want them!) After completing this sheet, students will be ready to write their first drafts, without feeling any of that "agh, what do I write?!" pressure!
Note: The preview for this file is a pdf of the first page (of three total pages).
Formatting Note: If you'd like to purchase this file but make small changes -- to the heading or font or terminology, for example, to match your classroom's norms -- please contact me before or after your purchase and I can arrange to send you or post the original editable PowerPoint file as well. I chose to post this file as a pdf since the formatting is less corruptible this way and everyone can open it regardless of operating system or installed programs.