Research tells us that writing instruction is much more effective when teachers use tools that will help students organize their thinking and ideas before writing. This is called the “Planning” stage of the writing process and this website is one of many that houses free graphic organizers for classroom use with students. Students need to learn the purpose of each graphic organizer and need to be engaged in thinking critically about which graphic organizer is best for the essay prompt or writing assignment. These should be used as scaffolds, with students learning the purpose and layout of each so that they can use them independent of class.
You can also use graphic organizers to analyze exemplar texts that you read with your students. This involves deconstructing a text using the appropriate graphic organizer. Doing this will allow your students to see the author’s writing process and thinking more concretely.
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