This informative writing graphic organizer is used to help students research and plan an essay on a nonfiction topic. Each page is used to plan a paragraph, or a section with multiple paragraphs. The bottom of the page has a space for a quote to support their statement. There is also a place to brainstorm how to use text features. There are 5 labeled sections, plus a generic section if some students need additional pages. The final page is a template for an introduction to bibliographies.
In my classroom, I begin by studying nonfiction articles and text features. The students will look at headers and analyze how texts are organized. Once the students have an understanding of structure, they will begin researching their topic. When the students have a basic understanding of their topic, they can choose a topic for each section and begin adding information to their planning page while they are researching. On some of my graphic organizers, I didn't have a space for the students to quote a text directly so I have students write a quote on a post-it note an put it on the section where it belonged. This organizer gives the students the opportunity to add a quote for each section. I wanted it separate so that I could help guide students on citation and I also wanted them to see that they should have much more work in their own words than quotes from someone else. The bibliography is to help students transition to correct citation. At the level I teach, I want the students to understand that authors need to be credited for their work and that students are accountable for citing where they found their information.
I also made this template so that I could differentiate this project for a variety of learners. Some of my students will only complete three pages or paragraphs, some will complete a five paragraph essay and others will use headers to organize multiple paragraphs into a section.
I also have another informative writing graphic organizer that has smaller boxes so it isn't as many pages.
Informative Writing Graphic Organizer