This basic graphic organizer can help students organize their thoughts and ideas about any two objects that have similarities and differences. Reasons students will want to use the Venn Diagram is to compare and contrast two characters in a novel, two different items or ideas, two possible decisions to a problem, etc. The information written on the graphic organizer can help a person to organize and write a paper or a debate. To use the Venn Diagram, students will need to choose two items or subjects that they want to compare and contrast.
Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write. The articles often include: Mint should stop making pennies. Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion.
After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides. With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War.
After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper. Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion.
Because this was our first foray into example writing, we worked through the organizer together. My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks.
Once students had planned out two different opinions, they selected one to turn into a full paragraph in their writer's notebooks. The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students.
With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high. Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process.
After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school?
Should all peanut products be banned? Should we be allowed to download our own apps on the iPads the school gave us?
As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced. Those are shown below.
Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy. The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs. It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words.
Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use. Other Resources I Have Used Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion.
A great one to have in your classroom is: Click on the images below to download and print. There are many more sheets like these in Scholastic Teachables. A couple weeks into our persuasive writing unit and I have already seen a lot of progress from our very first efforts. We may not have mastered this writing yet, but we are definitely on our way and that mountain doesn't seem quite so high anymore.
I hope you find a few of these tips and my graphic organizers helpful! I'd love to hear your tips for elementary writing in the comment section below. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter and Pinterest!Argumentative Writing: Graphic Organizer 1. As in any essay, the first paragraph of your argumentative essay should contain a brief explanation of your topic, some background information, and a thesis statement.
Name _____ Date _____ Lesson 7 Persuasive Writing: Graphic Organizer Your Topic: What is your opinion on the topic? A 5 paragraph essay outline graphic organizer is a visual tool that is designed to help you in focusing your thoughts so that you can put them into perspective or order in writing.
Its purpose is to help you in breaking down your essay into smaller and easier steps. Graphic Organizer ; Five-Paragraph Essay Five-Paragraph Essay. Help students write five-paragraph essays with a graphic organizer. Use for standard essay types including narrative, descriptive, and persuasive.
This sheet can be printed for students, or provided electronically for them to fill in. Grade: 5 | 6 |. After looking for the perfect graphic organizer, I gave up and made my own!
The 5-paragraph essay graphic organizers are great, but I require my students to write a counter-argument paragraph, so I made an organizer with six paragraphs.4/5(4).
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Students begin by determining their goal or thesis. They then identify three reasons to support their argument, and three facts or examples to validate each reason.