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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Practice outlining and evaluating expository writing in this lesson. After discussing main ideas and seeing examples, young writers go through a sample outline and discuss the way to properly format a piece of writing. They then create their own outline of a magazine article, and compare their work to the work of their peers.
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.
Get to know each individual through a memoir project. The lesson outlined here is a bit vague, but has some promising ideas for graphic organizers to help writers prepare their work. In order to succeed with the lesson, you will need to make your own materials, basing them off of the information provided.
One of the keys to success in school is organization. This resource leads learners through the process of creating an outline for a chapter from a social studies text. In addition, they review facts they have learned in their class throughout the year, and create an outline to organize their information.
Learners examine articles from a number of sources to determine their main ideas and details, and discuss them as a class. Using a worksheet, they practice outlining a report after watching a teacher demonstration of the outlining process. Finally, they visit the library to choose a piece of expository writing to outline.
Instead of immediately beginning to write, class members should take some time to carefully put together an outline. For a method and demonstration of how to compose an outline, check out the video and slides provided here. The narrator reviews the parts of an outline and walks the viewer through her thought process as she drafts an outline for one body paragraph of an essay based on "Mrs. Manstey's View" by Edith Wharton. She refers to earlier lessons in the video series and shows how to properly punctuate and cite evidence. The outline model itself is not the clearest. Pupils can spend time outlining with teacher assistance after viewing the video.
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
Brainstorming can be more than simply writing down a few ideas. Using the Inspiration Software program, learners visualize the process and learn about linking ideas to form logical relationships. Even without the program, there is still plenty to use here. Lead your class through an Inspiration tutorial where they come up with research topic ideas, create an idea web, and add images. Hyperlink ideas to online resources, and translate the visual idea map to a linear outline.
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Outlines are truly helpful when it comes to effectively organizing and sequencing an essay. The video focuses on outlining an essay about theme and the use of literary devices in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The narrator lays out several clear steps and models experimentation with structure as she forms the base of her outline.
If you're starting a research project, use this guide to help young learners form the inquiry for their research. With steps that outline the entire process, including note taking and gauging the quality of an inquiry question, this resource could be a great addition to a class beginning its first research project. Consider having learners put this in the front of their binders for easy reference.