Write to the Point (Graphic Organizers and Evidence Based Passages)

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Note to the teacher:

This packet was created out of sheer desperation.  My class was three weeks from taking the standardized essay writing portion of the Louisiana LEAP test and they STILL could not understand how to integrate texts and use evidence from TWO passages in an ORGANIZED manner in their essays. As a last ditch effort I decided to create step-by-step organizers for each type of writing mandated by the common core state standards for fourth grade. Even though I used fourth grade standards, this packet can be used with third, fourth and fifth grades.

Students are to fill out each graphic organizer as their pre-write.

The packet contains a list of the standards addressed, a graphic organizer for Narratives, Explanatory Pieces, and Opinion pieces. I have also included a checklist for each student to use to evaluate their own essay for each type of writing as well as a checklist for their critique partner to use to evaluate the writing pieces. There is also a generic checklist included in case you would like to make it more suited for your specific students.

I have included one reading passage to use with the narrative piece, one reading passage to use with the explanatory essay and a set of paired passages for use with the opinion piece. There is a writing prompt (in standardized testing format) for each passage.

However, the graphic organizers can be used with ANY reading passage or paired passages.


Don't forget your Write to the Point! The Writing Process Posters and Bookmarks! This is an excellent companion to my Write to the Point Graphic Organizers and Text Evidence Packet!

Write to the Point! The Writing Process Posters and Bookmarks

Other Common Core aligned products in my store:

YEAR LONG Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Spiral Review

BUNDLE! Interactive Evidence Markers for Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry!

Vocabulary Acquisition Literacy Center Test Prep Rings (Idioms and Proverbs)

Research to Build Knowledge LEAP Prep Pack (Louis Armstrong)

Research to Build Knowledge Frogs and Toads (common core aligned)

Ordering Adjectives (Walk Like an Egyptian Partner Game)
Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.


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