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of the Writing Process

~A Universal Process for Any Writing Task ~

Specific Graphic Organizer Links
This collection of links allows you to
select a specific graphic organizer
to suit your specific needs.

Many are ready to print and use! 

Explanation of Use I "Print and Use" I Examples in Use

Explanation of Use of Graphic Organizers with Examples

Chain of Events
Clustering - webbing/brainstorming
Compare/Contrast - chart
Concept Mapping
Continuum - timeline, from one extreme to another
Cycle - organization of events in a circle

Family Tree
Fishbone - result, cause and detail
Graphic Organizers - Examples of spider maps, series of events chain, continuum, compare/contrast matrix, problem/solution outline, network tree, human interaction outline, fishbone map and cycle.
Graphic Organizers as Thinking Technology - Why graphic organizers?  This article in From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal answers this question as well as providing some examples of graphic organizers.
Interaction Outline - relation between people, actions and reactions
Mind Mapping FAQ - What is a mind map and what can you do with a mind map are just two of the questions answered in this FAQ.
Problem/Solution - multiple solutions and possible results
Short Story Analysis Outline Form - for completion before writing a short story
Spider Map - topic, main idea and detail
Storyboard - illustration of sequence of events
Venn Diagram - compare and contrast similarities and differences
Top Ten Ways to Use Venn Diagrams


"Print and Use" Graphic Organizers

5 Steps to a Successful Story - building up through the writing process in pyramid form - requires Adobe
5 Ws - answer who, what, when, where and why - requires Adobe
Character Map - link character with trait and event
Clarifying Facts and Opinions - classify fact and opinion into a chart
- requires Adobe
Decision Making Model - problem, goal, alternative, pros and cons,
decision and reason
Expressing an Opinion - facts rewritten with opinion - requires Adobe
Fiction Writer's Character Chart - fill in character traits, physical appearance, favorite things, habits, background, family, attitude, personality, traits, self-perception and goals for your character (s).
Getting into Print - Analysis of a news story: What is it about?  Where did the writer find information? Where did the writer get the idea?  How did the story get from the writer's head into the final form -   requires Adobe
Getting Ready to Write - 5 Ws, organization and lead - requires Adobe
Get to the Point - most important to least important details in reverse pyramid form - requires Adobe
Identifying Fact and Opintion - requires Adobe
Main Idea Outline - Includes main idea, major themes, supporting details, statistics,
expert authority and drawing conclusions
, requires Adobe
Main Idea Pyramid
Newspaper Section Inspection - location, look, content and style - requires Adobe
Question/Answer Chart - write question on line then fill in the box with the answer(s)
Stories with Attitude - continuum of types of articles: news stories, feature stories, analysis stories, editorials and columns - requires Adobe
Story Map - title, setting, characters, problems, events and solutions
Venn Diagram - compare and contrast similarities and differences
Web Search - search engine suggestions and room for interesting links - requires Adobe
What's the Story - fill in headlines - requires Adobe
What They Do - Skills They Need - job title, description and skills needed
- requires Adobe
Where to Look - What do I already know?  What do I need to know?  Where can I find information? - requires Adobe

Examples of Graphic Organizers in Use

Grids Organize Thinking for Decision-Making and Choices - Examples of different grids for different topics that encourage comparison and contrast
KWHL Technique - What we know, what we want to know, what we learned and how we can learn more are answered through this chart.
Sequence Chain - sequence of events in graphic form



Maintained by A.E. Lipkewich  Westmount School  Revised February 17, 2001