Plan Your Writing Response Using a Graphic Organizer

1. Select Your Graphic Organizer.
The graphic organizer you select should reflect the expectations of the writing assignment. It should include a place for you to list out an interesting opening sentence for your introduction and topic, body paragraph main ideas and details to the main ideas, and your conclusion sentences. Refer to the school's graphic organizers that show the organizational expectations for each grade level writing assignment.

2. Identify the Topic and Write Your Topic Sentence

3. Brainstorm an opening sentence to interest the reader in the topic (hook)

4. Brainstorm Essay Topic Main Ideas

A web is a great way to brainstorm your essay topic Main Ideas to answer the question word "what", "why", or "how".
If the question word in the prompt is "how", you will be brainstorming "ways" for your three main ideas.
If the question word in the prompt is "what", you will be brainstorming "things" for your three main ideas.
If the question word in the prompt is "why", you will be brainstorming "reasons" for your three main ideas.

5. Brainstorm 2-3 Details About Each Main Idea

6. Brainstorm Elaborations About Each Detail (older students)

7. Plan your conclusion sentences