Organization The second element of the 6 + 1 Traits
What does organization mean? When you organize your desk you put things in neat piles with each kind of book in a different pile. Then you put your supply box where it would fit best. So to organize means to put things together in an orderly way. When writing we have to put our thoughts and ideas in their proper place. Everything fits together just like a puzzle.
So how do I organize my paper? Introduction – Beginning of a paper Transitions – moving from one subject to the next Sequence – one thought following another in order Pacing – the speed of moving from one thing to the next Conclusion – the last section of the paper
Introduction Create an exciting first beginning – Give the reader a clue of what the piece may be about – Make it exciting so the reader will want to find out what will happen next. Once upon a time an eagle lived in the country. I want to talk about eagles. An eagle soared over the green pasture keeping a close eye on the fox below.
Transitions When moving from one paragraph to the next remember to do it like stairs. Don’t skip steps. One at a time! If your piece moves too fast the reader will get confused. If you spend too much time on one step the reader will get bored.
Sequencing When you get ready each morning you don’t put your shoes on before you pants. Things need to be done in order! When we write, events or information need to be told in order of how it happened.
Pace Yourself As these boys run the race they can’t run too fast at first. They will run out of energy and not be able to finish. On the other hand if they take it too slow the crowd will lose interest and stop watching. We need to remember the same things in writing. Don’t move from one subject to the next too quickly. Although, don’t spend too much time on one subject.
ConclusionIf the beginning of the story hooksthe reader, like a fisherman hooksa fish. The conclusion needs to belike the fisherman reeling in thefish and finding out what kind offish is on the other end. The end ofthe story needs to answer anyquestion and leave the readerthinking. Just as the fishermanthinks, “Where can I get anotherbig one like that.”
Organize Yourself Unlike your desk or mine, organize the pieces of your writing.• Introduction• Transition• Sequence• Pace• Conclusion