LESSON TWO: Using a Graphic Organizer to Develop a Topic for Writing
Use connections and ideas from books used in Lesson One to model developing a topic for a narrative text. The
teacher models a specific graphic organizer to assist students with pre-writing. Students choose and use a graphic
organizer to begin the writing process.
R1I Identify and explain connections between text ideas, … text ideas and own experiences and text ides and
W1A Follow a writing process to independently use a simple graphic organizer in pre-writing, generate a draft,
routinely reread and revise work, routinely edit and proofread for capitalization and ending punctuation and
independently publish writing
Sources of literature
o Books by Patricia Polacco
o Flip chart or overhead projector and transparency
o Student Writer’s notebooks
o T-Chart graphic organizer
o Cluster Map graphic organizer
o It Says-I Say-And So graphic organizer
o K-W-L Chart graphic organizer
Words to know
o graphic organizer
Students complete a pre-writing activity using a K-W-L Chart graphic organizer. The K-W-L Chart graphic
organizer is a plan for their narrative writing passage. Students submit their K-W-L Chart graphic organizer for
assessment and later use. Assess students’ use of the K-W-L Chart graphic organizer. Scoring guide provided.
1. Students brainstorm a list of possible writing topics using a flip chart or transparency. Include the
connections made with the Polacco books. Students explain their thinking as the list is created. Students
share their ideas from personal connections that could be writing topics.
2. Model K-W-L Chart graphic organizer to develop a topic into a narrative piece.
3. Model different graphic organizers to plan the narrative writing with the class. Select a topic from the
brainstormed list that comes from the Polacco books (e.g., something you did in the summer, as in
Polacco’s My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother). Use interactive writing so students can place suggested
ideas on the chosen graphic organizer.
4. Students select a graphic organizer for pre-writing and planning their narrative. Monitor pre-writing as
students think through the piece they will write.
Writers Process through Author Study 2.1
GRAPHIC ORGANIZER SCORING GUIDE
2 points 1 point 0 points
Self-Selection Self-selects a graphic Selects a graphic Does not choose a
organizer organizer with graphic organizer
Completion Completes the graphic Works on the graphic Works on the graphic
organizer as a pre- organizer completing organizer completing
writing strategy half or more less than half
Writers Process through Author Study 2.2
Writers Process through Author Study 2.3
Directions for Cluster Map
1. Pair students and provide each pair a copy of the Cluster Map.
2. Ask student pairs to respond to the question at the top of the page by filling all three circles.
3. Share Cluster Maps as a class.
4. Compare and categorize responses.
5. Refer to this information during the remaining lessons.
Writers Process through Author Study 2.4
Question It Says… I Say… And So…
Writers Process through Author Study 2.5
Know Want to Know Learned
Writers Process through Author Study 2.6
Writers Process through Author Study 2.7
Writers Process through Author Study 2.8