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Graphic Organizers. Prewriting Strategies to help organize text. Graphic Organizers. The first step in the writing process is prewriting. There are many ways to arrange your ideas in the prewriting stage using graphic organizers.

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Graphic organizers

Graphic Organizers

Prewriting Strategies to help organize text

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Graphic Organizers

  • The first step in the writing process is prewriting.

  • There are many ways to arrange your ideas in the prewriting stage using graphic organizers.

  • Let’s look at how you can use graphic organizers to put your literary essay in order.



  • How has your main character changed in the book? What are the main events that lead to this change? How does the author show this change in writing?



  • Who is the most important character in your novel? Explain why this character is so important to your story through evidence.

Setting mood point of view

Setting/Mood/Point of View

  • Why is setting important in your story? What would happen if this setting changed?

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Setting/Mood/Point of View

  • Describe the mood of your novel. How does the author create this mood through writing structures and description?

    • Mood: _______________

      • Example 1

      • Example 2

      • Example 3

Setting mood point of view2

Setting/Mood/Point of View

  • Whois telling the story? How can you tell? Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through his/her eyes?

Theme plot


  • What is a theme of the story? Give evidence that supports your assertion. Why do you think this?

    • Theme: _______________

      • Example 1 (Evidence from text)

        • Reason 1

      • Example 2 (Evidence from text)

        • Reason 2

      • Example 3 (Evidence from text)

        • Reason 3

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  • What is the main conflict in the story? Does the climax and resolution solve this problem? Are there any alternatives to solving this conflict?

Theme plot2


  • What is the author saying about life and living through the book?

Author s style language

Author’s Style – Language

  • Describe how the author uses powerful images and figurative language to build the story.

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Author’s Style – Language

  • What special words does the author use to help the reader see, hear, or feel things in the story? Was the author successful?

Author s style language2

Author’s Style – Language

  • What is the author’s ‘style of writing?’ Use examples to reveal this style.

Making connections text to text

Making Connections Text to Text

  • Compare your novel to another novel. Explain how they are the same and how they differ. Give examples to show your thinking.



  • Choose a minor character (not protagonist or antagonist) from the story. Describe him or her in greater detail by using clues from the novel.



  • What are the reasons for writing a novel? Use evidence from your novel to prove your answer.

  • What are the reasons for the author to write this novel?

Making connections text to world

Making Connections Text to World

  • How does the novel connect to real events today? What lesson(s) can a reader learn from this novel?

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Making Connections Text to World

  • Whyshould people read this book? Give reasons.



  • What will happen to your main character 20 years from the end of the story? Use evidence from the novel to prove your assertion.

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