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NEW YORK TORONTO LONDON AUCKLAND SYDNEY MEXICO CITY NEW DELHI HONG KONG BUENOS AIRES by Susan Van Zile Reading & Writing Graphic Organizers & Mini-Lessons © Susan Van Zile, Scholastic Teaching Resources
Acknowledgments To the Light of the World, with gratitude and thanksgiving for your gifts. To Elaine Bergstresser, for her technical support, creative style, enthusiasm, and laughter. To Tammy Novick, for her friendship and for providing many of the student examples in the text. To my students, for their inspiration, joy, gifts, talents, and willingness to share. Thank you for giving me hope for the future. To my beloved family, for their encouragement and support. To Virginia Dooley, Terry Cooper, and Scholastic, for educating and nurturing children. Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the reproducible pages from this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. Cover design by Maria Lilja Interior design by Jeffrey Dorman Illustrations by Dave Clegg ISBN 0-439-54897-7 Copyright © 2006 by Susan Van Zile All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 40 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 Reading & Writing Graphic Organizers & Mini-Lessons © Susan Van Zile, Scholastic Teaching Resources
Contents Introduction ...................................................................................................... 5 Reading KWL Chart ...................................................................................................... 8 Active Reading .............................................................................................. 10 Powerful Predictions .................................................................................... 12 Keeping Track of Events .............................................................................. 14 Questions for Discussion ............................................................................ 16 Character Portrait .......................................................................................... 18 Pleasing Plot ................................................................................................ 20 Super Sequence ............................................................................................ 22 Main Event Bridge ........................................................................................ 24 Cause and Effect .......................................................................................... 26 Writing Blueprint for a Paragraph ............................................................................ 28 Satisfying Senses .......................................................................................... 30 Nifty Narrative .............................................................................................. 32 Perfectly Persuasive ...................................................................................... 34 Excellent Essay ............................................................................................ 36 Spectacular Story .......................................................................................... 38 Sensational Summary .................................................................................. 40 Compare-Contrast Matrix ............................................................................ 42 Neat Notes for Research .............................................................................. 44 Simply Sources ............................................................................................ 46 Reading & Writing Graphic Organizers & Mini-Lessons © Susan Van Zile, Scholastic Teaching Resources
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5 R emember the day you enthusiastically bounced into language arts class and exclaimed, “Now class, today we are going to write a story about the day the aliens invaded Wal-Mart!” You expected to see gleeful, smiling faces and hear shouts of joy; instead, 25 blank, staring, open-mouthed faces met your gaze. Not one to be easily discouraged, you took a deep breath and cheerfully responded, “Okay, I see you are not quite awake yet, so read the fabulous Ray Bradbury story that begins on page 35 of your anthology. It’s one of my ultimate favorites!” Audible moans and groans echo in the room, frowns appear, and books slam onto desks.

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