Ask students to consider what they know about the kind of writing by examining examples and background material about the genre.
Students can create graphic organizers independently, or you can walk them through some basic steps by asking questions such as the following: Students can sketch out their graphic organizers on paper, and then use a tool like Canva to create final versions of their organizers.
Check your paper against a rubric or other guidelines your instructor provides to make sure you have met all requirements.
Make corrections and changes that you found while editing to finalize your paper.
Their prior knowledge about graphic organizers should allow students to gather this information in five to ten minutes.
With this information about graphic organizers established, students create graphic organizers for the kinds of writing that they are working on.
Reread your paper to ensure that it doesn’t need additional corrections.
Submit your graphic organizer with your paper so your instructor can compare your final draft with your prewriting.
Ask students to examine example graphic organizers (linked above) as a class or in small groups and to identify the features of the genre.
In particular, encourage students to determine how shapes are used (like text boxes), how lines and arrows are used, and how labels and instructional text is used.