These graphic organizers were designed to be easy to use for all students, including those with special needs. They include easy to follow picture cues. Students will begin to internalize the structure of the organizers so that they can eventually create their own organizer on a simple piece of notebook paper.
The organizers are set up to be universal and easily differentiated. Students will start by deciding if they are writing a narrative, expository/informative, or argumentative/opinion/persuasive text. This will allow students to transition into their own graphic organizer, by dividing any piece of paper into 5 sections and labeling each one. Or, students can use the provided graphic organizer.
With five sections included, students can use this to write a 5 paragraph essay or 5 sentences for one paragraph. This too will allow you to easily differentiate.
It is recommended that you work through using the organizers with students before you "set them loose" to work on their own.
Recommended points to include when teaching how to use the organizers:
***Box one is for you to introduce the characters and the setting of your story; notice the boy sitting on the bench.
***Box two is where you begin to introduce how the story starts; notice the attendant waving the plane forward-ready to begin the flight.
***Box three is where you reach the highest point in your story-the big idea/problem; notice the plane has almost flown to the top.
***Box four is where you begin to wrap up the story-what is being done to solve the problem; notice the plane is beginning to land.
***Box five is where you wrap up the story and give the ending; the man has ended his trip and is getting his bags to leave the airport.
***Box one is where you will begin your topic; This is where you give the main idea-fish bowls.
***Box two is where you will list your most important piece of information; to have a fish bowl-you need a fish.
***Box three is another piece of information; food is very important when you have a fish.
***Box four is your final piece of information; you may also want a net.
***Box five is where you summarize the topic; mention some of the things you have previously talked about.
***Box one is where you state your opinion-how do you feel about your topic?
***Box two is your most important reason-what is the best reason you have to prove your point?
***Box three is for another reason to prove your point-what's another reason your argument is the best argument?
***Box four is for you to list the opposing side; what does the other person think?
***Box five is where you restate your opinion-remind the reader how you feel.
As a bonus, this product includes a list of commonly used words and phrases that students may wish to use to help transition when writing. Pictures cues are also included on this sheet to help students remember what the different categories represent.
This product is presented in portrait on a standard size 8.5x11 piece of paper. Also included is a horizontal version, that is designed to be folded and glued into a notebook.
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