<ul><li>Putting things in an order that makes sense. </li></ul>
<ul><li>You will be able to write a well-organized piece of writing after you learn about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a...
 
“ Be like a postage stamp.  Stick to one thing until you get there.”—Josh Billings, writer
<ul><li>Writing a well-organized paper is like creating a map. </li></ul><ul><li>Like map makers, writers can use  specifi...
<ul><li>Writers need to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm a list of important ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a ma...
<ul><li>Does the following paragraph </li></ul>stick? stray?
<ul><li>What do you think is the main idea of “My Dad the Packer”? </li></ul><ul><li>Write your thoughts in your Writer’s ...
<ul><li>Writers can sometimes lose focus and wander off into other topics.  Read “My Dad the Packer” again. </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Compare your paragraph with your classmates’. </li></ul><ul><li>Did we cross out the same parts? </li></ul><ul><li...
D.I.Y. practice
<ul><li>Now look at your list.  Is every item a detail about getting ready for a family trip? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you wa...
<ul><li>When you’re sure you have enough details, write a short paragraph about getting ready for a family trip. </li></ul...
<ul><li>How would you rate your paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you stay on topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Read your paragraph ...
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Organization Sticking To The Main Idea

  1. 2. <ul><li>Putting things in an order that makes sense. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>You will be able to write a well-organized piece of writing after you learn about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a strong lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placing the information in the best order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using transition words </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sticking to the main idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topic sentences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a strong conclusion </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. “ Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”—Josh Billings, writer
  4. 6. <ul><li>Writing a well-organized paper is like creating a map. </li></ul><ul><li>Like map makers, writers can use specific strategies to make sure ideas are clear and easy to follow. </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>Writers need to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm a list of important ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a main idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect all details to the main idea </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Does the following paragraph </li></ul>stick? stray?
  7. 9. <ul><li>What do you think is the main idea of “My Dad the Packer”? </li></ul><ul><li>Write your thoughts in your Writer’s Notebook. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Writers can sometimes lose focus and wander off into other topics. Read “My Dad the Packer” again. </li></ul><ul><li>This time, draw a line through any parts where the writer has wandered from the main topic . Be careful not to cross out too much. Then read what is left of the paragraph to see whether it still makes sense. </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Compare your paragraph with your classmates’. </li></ul><ul><li>Did we cross out the same parts? </li></ul><ul><li>Did we agree on the main idea? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s discuss and explain your differences. </li></ul>
  10. 12. D.I.Y. practice
  11. 13. <ul><li>Now look at your list. Is every item a detail about getting ready for a family trip? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you wander off topic? </li></ul><ul><li>To keep yourself on topic, cross out any details that are not connected to your main topic. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>When you’re sure you have enough details, write a short paragraph about getting ready for a family trip. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that all your details are connected to your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>As you write, it’s OK to add new details as long as you stay with your topic. </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>How would you rate your paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you stay on topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Read your paragraph to a partner and get his or her opinion. </li></ul>

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