Have you every read a student paper and felt like you were chasing a rabbit through a maze? Graphic organizers help beginning writers know which details to put where -- or organize their thoughts. This graphic organizer is for a basic report, like a news story.
Activity Suggestion: Choose a news article, have students identify the details in the article and place them on the graphic organizer. This helps students identify the flow of information in an Order of Importance article. Students may observe that a couple of details like "when" and "where" are swapped in order, but they are still there.