Monday, July 16, 2012

Listing: A Great Pre-writing Technique

Most pre-writing can begin with making lists. The foundational organizational skill of list-making helps writers of all ages gather ideas and gain focus.

·         Narrative writing: Lists help young writers put lots of events in chronological order and allow for easy re-organization to strengthen the plot.
·         Expository writing: Listing allows students to call on a wealth of details that relate to the topic, without putting them in order. The details are easily grouped to become the content for body paragraphs, and the details collected will help the young writer shape the focus of the piece. They can list-link by color-coding related details, or by using an icon. For example, all blue-highlighted details go together in one paragraph; or, related details are sorted with a triangle; another set by a square.  

Tell me how it works for you,
Susan Koehler


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