Representing similarities and differences in a graphic or symbolic form enhances students' understanding of and ability to use knowledge (Marzano 16)

What are the modes of expository writing? See:

Web based resources:

Interactive PDF Organizers

Creating Graphic Organizers with your word processor:


Podcasting as prewriting:

Creating an audio file: Home>Play>Sound Recording
Then, record your writer's plan, save the file with File> Save Buffer as (remember where you put it!).
Hyperlink: Highlight a word or group of words.
Select Insert>Hyperlink>Document>Browse the pathway (this is like adding an attachment to an email) select the audio file>Click OK>Click Apply. Presto!

Using a Sticky Note to record R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Format, and Topic)

— For a great list of R.A.F.T. ideas, see:
— How to use: Go to Home > Work> Notes.

"Look For's"

  1. — Accountability—kids actually use the prewrite/plan
  2. — Match structure to genre
  3. — Teach how to plan
  4. — Collect exemplars
  5. — Plans can/should be revised
  6. — Emphasize that prewrites/plans organize drafts

A Vision of Today's K-12 Learner: