Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Writing
LA. - using organizational strategies and tools (e.g., technology, spreadsheet, outline, chart, table,
graph, Venn Diagram, web, story map, plot pyramid) to develop a personal organizational
Spreadsheet, Outline, Chart, Table, Graph, Venn Diagram, Web, Story Map, Plot Pyramid

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1. Students will be able to use all above forms of prewriting.
2. Students will be able to use their prewriting to help them begin their papers.
Teacher Objectives-
1. Students will broaden their ideas on what to write about.
2. Students will be able to use their ideas when writing their papers.
Copies of blank forms of brainstorming, examples of brainstorming.
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1. Introduce all forms of brainstorming. Show each class blank examples of each kind.
2. Define what each method of brainstorming is.

2. Lesson Progression-

1. Show students examples of filled out brainstorming method.
2. Fill out one example with class to show how they may link their ideas.

3. Guided Practice-

1. Discuss pros and cons to each method of brainstorming.
2. Discuss with class what methods they may like to use.

4. Student Practice-

1. Have each student pick out one method they like, and fill it out.
2. Walk around class to help with any questions or problems.

5. Learner Accommodations-

1. For ELL students, pair up with a buddy, preferably a buddy who speaks the ELL student's language.
2. For students who cannot write, have them verbally tell you what to draw and where to write their information.

6. Assessment-

1. Have students share their brainstorming with a partner.
2. Have partners try to come up with new ideas to expand on their original ideas.
3. If the partners can not come up with any ideas, have them raise their hand so you can help them.

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Ask students what they thought the best brainstorming methods were and why, and have them write it down.
Measuring Student Progress-
1. Collect brainstorming for participation grade.
2. Collect what the students wrote down about what brainstorming methods they liked best. Try to respond to each student.

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