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Appendix 11: Organization Strategies

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Students who have trouble with sequential organization might find some of these strategies useful:

  1. Have them draft as they normally would, then have them cut their draft up into what they determine as separate "points." Then work together to put them into a more logical order (the easiest way to do this may be to tape the pieces onto a large piece of posterboard). After a few times, they should be able to do this one on their own, although it does require extra drafting time.
  2. These "graphic organizers," adapted from Learning Strategies for Adults by Sandra Crux, (29, 93, 104-105) can be used as both reading-to-write strategies and as strategies to write about topics. Have the student try each one to find which will work best for him. Each one of these works well in the first stages of prewriting, and as a revision plan for a final draft: