Prewriting and Planning

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Story Mountain Prewriting
Story Mountain Prewriting
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Story Mountain Prewriting
Young writers will traverse the story mountain to create a narrative plot of their own! Students will consider various story elements, including characters, setting, climax, problem, and solution with this great visual aid.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
State Memories
State Memories
Lesson Plan
State Memories
In this lesson, your students will practice writing about places important to them through poetry. By the time they are done, students will have become better writers and taken a walk down memory lane!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
My Story's Characters
My Story's Characters
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My Story's Characters
Characters are at the very center of any story, and learning how to create dynamic characters is essential for budding writers. Your students can use this handy organizer to plan rich character development in their creative writing.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Personal Narrative Organizer: Surprise!
Personal Narrative Organizer: Surprise!
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Personal Narrative Organizer: Surprise!
Surprise! Young writers are prompted to write a personal narrative about a time they were surprised. Students will practice sequencing and prewriting skills as they use this fun watermelon-shaped graphic organizer to plan out their personal narrative.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Make personal narrative and dialogue prep a breeze with this organizer! Students will practice sequencing and prewriting as they put together their personal narrative about a time they were surprised by something or someone.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Brainstorming Techniques
Brainstorming Techniques
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Brainstorming Techniques
Organizing your thoughts is an essential part of the writing process. It's easy--and fun--with this brainstorming worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
"Somebody Wanted" Prewriting Organizer
"Somebody Wanted" Prewriting Organizer
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"Somebody Wanted" Prewriting Organizer
The Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then strategy is a great tool to help students identify and understand story elements. In this fun brainstorming activity, budding writers will use the format to start generating a story of their own!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Spider Web Graphic Organizer
Spider Web Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Spider Web Graphic Organizer
Untangle the strands of a story with this spider web graphic organizer!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Adding dialogue to writing makes for more entertaining and relatable story-telling. In this activity, young writers will use a fun comic book format to add simple dialogue to their personal narratives.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Worksheet
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Your students will have fun developing the setting of a story with this graphic organizer.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Storyboard Pre-Write
Storyboard Pre-Write
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Storyboard Pre-Write
Use this prewriting activity to help students organize their writing and reinforce transitional language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Outline a Fictional Character
Outline a Fictional Character
Worksheet
Outline a Fictional Character
Your young writer can practice his storytelling skills with this character development worksheet, where he'll outline 4 fictional characters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Father's Day Essay
Father's Day Essay
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Father's Day Essay
This Father's Day, encourage your child to get to know dad a little better by writing a brief biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Adding Extended Dialogue
Adding Extended Dialogue
Worksheet
Adding Extended Dialogue
Students will use a comic book format to organize conversations within their personal narratives and practice the writing process.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Character and Setting Pre-Write
Character and Setting Pre-Write
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Character and Setting Pre-Write
This prewriting activity helps students focus on developing a character and scene for a story.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Prewriting and Planning

Before your student can write, they’ve got to prewrite. ‘Prewriting’ is just a fancy word for ‘drafting,’ and we have tons of ways for them to practice it: Activities to get them started, games to make it fun, and worksheets for putting pencil to paper. Get your kid all kinds of prewriting help with our expert-selected materials, designed to make your student a writing whiz.
As students begin to expand their writings into more mature pieces and substantive pieces like informational or functional writing, it will get harder to be able to maintain the a constant flow and hit all the points they are aiming to get across. Teaching them prewriting and planning techniques will help them to accomplish this.
Prewriting and planning is the process of getting all of the ideas your students want to convey in a piece organized so that they will be able to stay on topic as they write. There are many different prewriting techniques.
  • Brainstorming - As the name implies, brainstorming is not an overly organized process, instead letting the student simply write what comes to mind when thinking about the topic. These ideas are then reviewed and the good ideas are noted for use in the paper.
  • Clustering - Clustering is a more visual and organised that brainstorming. The main concept of the piece is written in the center of the page. Subsequent ideas are written around the main topic with lines connecting them. Each subsequent idea can then branch of and have it’s own subpoints.
  • Outlining - The most organized form of prewriting, an outline is often made after one of the other prewriting methods has been completed. The outline actually creates the structure of the paper, laying out how the points will be addressed and in what order. This will typically be the last prewriting step before a rough draft is started.

Working with students using the resources provided above by Education.com may help students gain familiarity and comfort in using these techniques.