Try out these amazing graphic organizers that helps struggling students put their thoughts into pictures before having to write them down in story form. In my classroom, we call these "Quick Draws." I have found GREAT success in having the students complete a quick drawing (sketch) or their story before writing. It has been amazing to watch the success of my ELL students. As students make a quick sketch of their story, they are already creating the story in their minds and adding details. You don't hear There are a variety of organizers to support what part of the story you are focusing on. Some organizers focus on the whole story idea, while others solely focus on a specific part of the story such as the characters, setting, beginning or ending of the story. My students absolutely love quick drawings. The success I have found with these organizers have been absolutely amazing. The quality of writing from my struggling learners has increased in leaps and bounds after using visual graphic organizers.
Key words: graphic organizers, story planning, story mapping, creative writing, personal narratives, fiction writing, character development, setting development, plot development
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