Free Graphic Organizers for Planning and Writing



Introduction

As you know, free graphic organizers are readily available on the Internet. However, access to quality organizers often requires either a monthly or an annual fee.

Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees.

I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on writing.  Although I found quite a few, I felt that my collection could be more complete.

With that in mind, I searched thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them.  Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for reading, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of writing.

The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching writing.

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Webs for Preparing to Write
Flow Charts for Sequencing
Persuasive and Expository Essay Maps
Concept Wheels
Organizers for Journalism Students
Poetry Frames
Additional Webs
Customizable Graphic Organizers
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Conclusion

Webs for Preparing to Write

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The following graphic organizers are designed to focus kids' attention on what to write and how to present it.

Although the screenshots you will see here have been reduced in size and in clarity, I think you'll be able to see the main headers, subheaders, and the overall design fairly well.


Flow Charts for Sequencing

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All of the charts in this section are designed to be suitable for any writing project that requires sequencing--steps in a process, events in chronological order, and chains of cause and effect relationships.


Persuasive and Expository Essay Maps

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The first two of the following maps are designed specifically for persuasive essays.  Although the third is labeled as an expository map, it could just as easily be used for persuasion.

The rest of the maps in this section could be used for ANY type of essay.


Concept Wheels

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Except for the number of spokes, these concept wheels are identical. 

I have included a box to the right of each wheel for students to make additional notes or to follow your specific instructions for completion.


Organizers for Journalism Students

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Although these graphic organizers are designed specifically for journalism students, they would also be appropriate for other types of expository writing.


Poetry Frames

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Here are just a few organizers for poetry.  I am planning MUCH MORE for poetry that I hope to have up very shortly.

Come around and check this site out from time to time to see what's been added.


Additional Webs

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These writing webs didn't seem to fit clearly into any of the above categories, so I have included them here.


Customizable Graphic Organizers

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These organizers are customizable--you may type in the headers, subheaders, directions, and instructional material that best suit your needs. 

I've included these because sometimes predesigned forms are not entirely appropriate for the task at hand.

This way, if you have a particular book title or a particular main topic that you want to appear in the organizer, you can go right ahead and type it in. 

Each customizable organizer displays areas shaded in blue--these are the areas that you may type what you wish.  Additionally, when the mouse pointer passes each of these shaded areas, a tool tip will pop up briefly as you see in the yellow box here:

Here are the 17 customizable graphic organizers.  The original completed organizer appears on the left side of each slide, and its customizable version appears on the right.

The organizers on the last 5 slides have been rotated 90 degrees to fit into the slide show.

If these graphic organizers are fairly well received, I would be happy to design more of them in the near future.

Let me know what you think.

Free Download

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The following 10 graphic organizers for teaching writing (reduced in size here to fit the slideshow) are available for immediate download.



You may download them completely free of charge here. If you would like these 10 organizers PLUS the other 40 presented on this page, you may want to download the 50 WRITERizers Collection.

This collection includes ALL 50 PDF graphic organizers for writing as seen above on this page. 

It comes with a clickable table of contents for locating specific organizers quickly and easily.  In addition,  all documents have been zipped to allow for quick download.

This package also includes a self-extracting installer.  As a result, there is no need to manually unzip anything.  Once the files are automatically extracted, the 50 WRITERizers Collection will be ready for instant access.

Yes, I am asking $4.95 each for the 50 WRITERizers Collection and the 50 READERizers Collection--I'm making no apologies for the six weeks' worth of time and effort I spent on these.

Conclusion

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I would imagine that most of the graphic organizers presented on this page would be suitable for any grade level. I deliberately left out the graphic images on some of the customizable organizers simply because I don't know what grade level you teach. free graphic organizers
Although earlier versions of Adobe's PDF software included a provision for end users to import and add their own graphics, the most recent version does not. free graphic organizers

I am acutely aware of the fact that many more types of graphic organizers for teaching writing could be designed and created. free graphic organizers
Tell me what you need. free graphic organizers

Finally, as I mentioned in the Introduction of my Language Arts Graphic Organizers page, kids just seem to GET IT better when they have a means of visually and pictorially organizing their thoughts.

The "lights" in their eyes just seem to burn more brightly . . . free graphic organizers
Best wishes to you and your kids. And, let the lights shine on.

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