Distance Learning Paper Organization: Outlining and Graphic Organizers

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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This writing lesson contains two interactive and fun activities for students to learn about organizing a paper. When students struggle to organize their thoughts, they can become frustrated with the writing process. I created these memorable activities to get students excited about writing.

You will choose how students should learn paper organization, through graphic organizers or through a traditional outline. Both activities have editable lesson plans, PDFs for printing, and digital links.

Graphic Organizers

Students will brainstorm about a topic everyone loves: cookies. They will narrow down the topic and decide on a specific concept for each body paragraph. Together, groups will create an introduction, write body paragraphs, and end with a conclusion. You will be able to adjust the requirements and labels for your specific needs.

Specifically, this writing activity includes:

✎ An editable lesson plan. I've included talking points and my process.

✎ Editable documents for group work. You can print these or upload the entire presentation to your Google Drive for students to complete digitally.

✎ PDF file of brainstorming and writing sheets for students. (These two sheets, pictured in the thumbnails, are the only non-editable portions due to the images' licensing agreements.)

✎ A Powerpoint to show students of three sample introductions and three conclusions. You will add to this presentation as students write about cookies.

Outlining Tool

Students will write an outline after brainstorming a new topic.

Included in this writing bundle for secondary students:

✎ Detailed lesson plans. Includes common pitfalls for students, areas for differentiation, and complete directions for the lesson.

✎ Cards to help with outlining. I use these when I conference with students.

✎ EDITABLE document with sample brainstorming, outline, and research sources. Includes options for group work; this will also work as an individual assignment.

For ease of using these writing materials, I have included a sample brainstorming session, outline, and research materials. The sample is "healthy foods." I often use a simple concept so all students can participate. You may use whatever sample you prefer. Of course, after completing the sample with students, I then use all of the material again for the actual writing assignment.

I use these writing activities to build relationships with students and get students comfortable writing with me. On the final day when we present our final papers, we (of course) eat cookies or fruit. These activities are both fun and meaningful, and students will understand brainstorming and organizing a paper by completing one of them.

This product and all of the following are in a money-saving bundle:

Writing Bundle for Freshmen and Sophomores

Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.


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