This graphic organizer is designed to help students write a short essay about their summer vacation. It uses the 'prewriting' stage of writing, and gives them questions about their summer as prompts.
I use this at the beginning of the year, usually the first day of school, as an assessment. It really helps to see if my incoming 5th graders know to write in paragraphs, without my reminding them.
You can also use this piece of writing to check spelling and sentence structure. I suggest keeping copies of this writing and compare it to a writing sample completed mid-year.
My Summer Vaction Graphic Organizer
by Amanda G
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License