Have students generate a word bank of key terms to include in their writing. Key words are crucial for developing main idea and supporting details in all forms of writing: narrative, persuasive, nonfiction, descriptive, etc.
Packet includes 2 styles of graphic organizers:
1. Word Bank divided into 3 sections: beginning, middle, end.
As students compose their piece, they check off the key words. I introduce this technique using these reproducibles but students can easily begin adding this graphic organizer to the top of their writer's notebook pages. I included handwriting lines on this organizer to help students transition to using this organizer as a quick prewriting exercise (on their own - without a worksheet). One version has a gray space to remind students to indent. I mean, it's not like we teach that, right?! :)
2. Word Bank and Story Elements.
Students list important key words for their writing along with characters, setting, beginning, problem, solution, and ending.