Prewriting Graphic Organizers

Prewriting graphic organizers are essential to writing instruction, since they often are the best tool for getting reluctant writers’ thoughts out of their heads and onto the page, overcoming students’ struggles with knowing what to say but not how to say it, or focusing students’ desire to say it all without thinking about how to organize their points.

I also realize that some students won’t need graphic organizers, or may rely on them minimally, while others will need them from the brainstorming phase through the final editing process. As with any instructional tool, prewriting graphic organizers are meant to aid a student’s learning. If and when they no longer need them, students can begin drafting without them. The key is helping students know when they are ready for that step and showing them the value of drafting regardless of whether they use a prewriting graphic organizer prior to beginning the draft.

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