I like your idea about having students use different colors. If you look at what I wrote to Melissa (above) my students use highlighters to make sure everything on a graphic organizer gets into their draft. When students use graphic organizers like beginning, middle, and end, I have them write words and phrases under each. Then they need to go back and number them, because they don't necessarily think sequentially (neither do I) so they need to rearrange ideas. One problem with a web is the words and phrases are going every which way. For some second graders this is very confusing. They have to turn their paper to read it. So I prefer a graphic organizer that is linear and sequential.
I like to see the completed graphic organizer before a student starts a draft. At that point I have them go back and fill in more details. I want to see all the important elements of their story included in their graphic organizer.
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