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Outlining and organizing an essay are made easy with the help of Inspiration® graphic organizers. Specific directions and colorful graphics model for writers how to use the software to craft these key steps in the writing process. Adaptations and extensions are included.
Help your secondary writers organize ideas and notes into outlines for academic writing. Provides step-by-step instruction on how to transfer brainstormed ideas from maps and diagrams directly into outline format. A single class period in the computer lab could unblock a few writers, clarify thoughts for a first draft, and relieve the dread of "I don't know where to start."
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
Provide your essay writers with a sample essay outline. Richly detailed, this two-page handout not only describes the necessary parts of an outline, but also explains the purpose of each section. A model outline is also included.
Prepare for a wild ride on the plot roller coaster! Budding authors outline their novel plots through this set of visual and entertaining worksheets. They follow the story of Boris the Unicorn, which demonstrates the various stages of a typical fiction plot. Thankfully, the story is hilarious and will have your kids wanting more. For anticipation, have them read it only one section at a time, filling out their own plot in the space provided as they go through the six sections. 
Inspire essay organization with this handout and exercise about outlining. Writers read through a brief outline model and then practice writing their own outline by completing a second model. Scholars not only complete the outline, they practice editing by changing some of what is already included to refine the argument.
In this outlining a passage worksheet, students read a nonfiction article and follow directions to write an outline using an outline template. Students write 15 answers.
Check out this great step-by-step guide to color coding an outline and help your class understand the direct relationship between an outline and an essay. While this is part of a series of lessons on persuasive writing, the resource can also be used as an effective stand-alone instructional activity.
Students goal is to achieve summarization. They read familiar words and decode words at their reading level. They summarize articles through the use of an outline in order ot improve reading comprehension. Students complete a basic outline.
Fourth graders investigate how outlining can aid in comprehending text. In this reading comprehension lesson, 4th graders outline an article they read in groups of two. Students take turns reading the article, identifying the main idea, color coding information, and retelling the information they learned.
Fourth graders practice writing outlines. Using worksheets imbedded students get lots of practice enhancing their skills writing outlines
Students are exposed to and practice the conventions of outlining by first taking detailed notes on the teachers outfit. They apply these skills and outline a portion of class text.
Students examine the standard form of an outline by viewing several examples. They practice categorizing information and then create a simple outline.
Fourth graders are introduced to the outline format and how to organize information from notes into a finished outline. They use a form to compile researched information into an outline in preparation for writing a final report.
In order to write an effective outline, children must be able to identify main ideas and supporting details, which is the aim of this fun and kinesthetic activity. The class works on the floor to organize sentence strips prepared by the teacher. Adaptations are listed for older and younger classes.
Ninth graders utilize a variety of printed materials to organize information into an outline. The lesson employs Roman numerals, upper case letters, numbers, and indentation to sequence the correct chronological order of data.
Begin at the end. Present your class with an expository essay and ask them to create an outline of the article, paying particular attention to the main ideas and the details supporting these ideas. After a discussion of what they have observed about the structure of the article, writers craft an outline for their own piece of writing.
Seventh graders read and discuss a short story. They complete an outline of the story. They pair and share to evaluate each other's outlines.
Students discuss the information listed about how to make an outline for a short story or book. They then begin writing their short story and edit it and revise before turning it in to be graded.
Learners explore outlines. In this nonfiction comprehension and study skills lesson, students complete a traditional outline for the book Animal Homes by Ann O. Squire following guided instruction as the teacher models gathering information and taking notes for the first half of the book.

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