I use a lot of graphic organizers in my writing class. "Chunking" the lesson into digestible bites really helps my third graders understand the concept. This is a graphic organizer for writing a friendly letter that I use as a prewriting strategy. It helps my students make the connection between the boxes and to how long their letter is going to look like. After filling out this organizer, I then show them how easy it is to put everything together in a draft by simply taking out the boxes! My students get so thrilled after seeing how long their letters are!