13 GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS FOR WRITING
These teacher time-saving printable will provide engaging, meaningful practice to greatly improve your students' writing skills, but are so quick and easy for the teacher to prepare. Each of the included graphic organizers can be used over and over and with ANY book you choose. Students will love the thematic pages and teachers will love the ease in which they can meet individual student needs.
THE BENEFITS OF THIS RESOURCE:
✓ No-Prep Needed - just copy and go
✓ Reusable - you can use the same organizer over and over with writing tasks
✓ Differentiated - modifications are easy
✓ Helps Reluctant Writers get started
✓ Helps Disorganized Writers plan their writing
✓ Reteaching Opportunities - because each organizer can be used over and over you'll have the opportunity to reteach and reassess as needed
WHAT IS A GRAPHIC ORGANIZER?
A graphic organizer is a visual display that organizes ideas and shows the relationships between concepts or information. Graphic organizers guide childrens' thinking and help them to plan their writing.
HOW TO USE GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS:
There are many benefits to using graphic organizers. They are commonly used to:
• brainstorm ideas
• organize thoughts
• structure a writing project
• collect information while researching
• increase comprehension of a topic
• guide student thinking
WHAT SKILLS CAN YOU TEACH WITH GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS:
The skills that can be taught are endless. This specific resource includes 20 graphic organizers (a total of 36 printable pages) that were designed to be use to teach…
✓ WORD CHOICES CHARTS help writers brainstorm strong vocabulary specific to the subject of their story or report.
✓ VISUALIZING ORGANIZERS enable the students to gather and plan sensory details which makes their writing more descriptive.
✓ STORY MAPS are the perfect tool for planning the key elements of their writing. It reminds them to think through the story and determine who will be their characters, where the story will take place, and identify the problem and the solution.
✓ SEQUENCING ORGANIZERS help children to put the events of their story in a logical order. They can be structured as beginning, middle and end or as first, next, then, and finally. These organizers are typically used for narrative writing, but are also great for process writing as well.
✓ SUMMARIZING ORGANIZERS work much like the sequencing organizers. Teachers and students can determine which best meets their needs.
✓ CHARACTER WEBS help writers organize details about the character in a narrative writing piece. It focuses on character traits which describe a character based on his words and actions. These are great for helping the students to not only develop their characters on a deeper level, but also for teaching them how to strengthen their writing with "show don't tell" details.
✓ MAIN IDEA & DETAILS helps writers to identify the most important idea about a topic and then support that idea with key details.
✓ TOPIC WEBS allow writers to think about the most important ideas related to a topic. They usually begin as a brainstorm of all ideas and students can then narrow down their thinking from there.
✓ FACT & OPINION CHARTS are key for supporting writers when they are composing persuasive or opinion pieces. They can use them to form their opinion and identify and organize the facts that support their thinking.
✓ TWO COLUMN NOTES are an effective, researched-based method of taking notes and organizing information as a student reads book or views videos on a topic. The notes can then be used to draft their own informative pieces.
✓ CAN - HAVE - ARE CHARTS are the perfect tool for younger or struggling writers who need support in their writing. After categorizing facts about a topic into three columns, the child can then use the chart in sequence to form complete sentences (i.e. Bats can fly. They have wings. Bats are nocturnal.) or even write complete paragraphs by adding a topic and closing sentence.
✓ VENN DIAGRAMS help when writing compare and contrast essays. The students first use critical thinking skills to sort the information they have gathered. They then use the diagram as a guide to organize their writing.
✓ T-CHARTS are also used to compare to topics. They are much like the Venn Diagram, but do not require the student to note similarities. They are a good starting point for writers to use prior to introducing the Venn Diagram.
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