The Writing Process:

Preparing to Write


Story starters

Choosing the format



Put ideas, feelings. opinions, ... to the page

Leave space to adjust.

Refer to your plan

Discuss your work

Revise meaning and development


Reflect on choices


Use Strategies


Edit language using resources, verify:




sentence structure

language usage 



Choose a medium

Make a polished copy



Let's Write: Revise -> Organize

Revision is the stage in the process where you review and make changes in order to organize and clarify the message. Not only do YOU reflect on your presentation of the message but validate your success by consulting others for their feedback and guidance.




Now that you have reflected:


How can you re-organize the introduction in order to capture the interest of the reader?


Could you re-organize the events and information?


Are all the ideas pertinent or necessary to the message?


Should you rearrange to improve and clarify the message?


Are the ideas logical and in sequence?


Does each idea complete and complement the message?


  1. Elements of a story - Cinderella

  2. Organizers

  3. Organizers

  4. Organize your thoughts

  5. Inspiration Organizers

  6. Divers Organizers

  7. Create an ORGANIZER

  8. Organizers and more

  9. This flash-based mind mapping tools allows you to chart out your thoughts in a colorful format, share them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and emails.
  10. Free Mind: Mind mapping is easy and free with this Java tool. You’ll be able to manage your class notes, lay out a paper and more completely online.
  11. WiseMapping: You can access your mind maps from anywhere with this online tool. You can lay out words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping.
  12. Mindomo: Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come at a cost, but you can get access to the basic version for free. It allows you to add links, pictures and text to mind maps and share them over the net.
  13. DeepMehta: This mind mapping tool is built around the idea of knowledge management and cognitive psychology. The open source tool allows sharing, emailing and even contains an embedded calendar.
  14. MindMeister: Collaborate with your Mind42: The name of this tool represents "for two", and is indicative of the collaborative nature of this mapping tool. It can make it easy to keep track of your ideas, share them with friends and teachers and take them with you no matter where you are.
  15. RecallPlus: Students can organize their notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more in this great mind mapping tool.
  16. Mapul: This mind mapping program has basic and premium levels and allows users to map not only text but images and hyperlinks as well.
  17. CMapTools: CMapTools is free for students to use and allows them to create and share all kinds of knowledge maps.
  18. Thinkature: This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.
    Brainstorming/mind mapping is an educational technique that's been around since the beginning of thought. It's a tool that facilitates new ideas and is collaborative in nature. And, with the use of web 2.0 technology, this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century technology for education.
  19. Top 10 Sites for Brainstorming/Mind Mapping
    1. Slick Plan - What's not to like? Easy to use, create beautiful flow charts, then embed to a site.
    3. Webspiration - The popular desktop application is now the web... nuff said.
    4. Diagrammr- Quite simply the easiest mind mapping site to use, no registration is necessary, then share the URL w/ others.
    5. Imagination Cubed- Nice looking site that is ideal for the electronic whiteboards w/ the ability to draw your own mind maps.
    6. Edistorm- Real-Time mind mapping w/ sticky notes.
    7. Education Eye- A great way to brainstorm w/ this innovative search engine.
    8. Mind42- Nice collaborative mind mapping site that is easy to use.
    9. Mindmeister- Beautiful looking mind mapping site w/ the ability to embed into a site.
    10. Mindomo- One of the most detailed mind mapping sites w/ lots of web 2.0 features, such as sharing, commenting, etc.
    David Kapuler was the media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his blog at


  1. Thinking guides: Exploratree

  2. mapping

  3. Organize

  4. Revise

  5. Organizers (by writing formats): Narrative

  6. Expository

  7. Research

  8. Response to literature

  9. Fifty Uses for Concept-Mapping Software

  10. Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction

  11. Graphic Organizers from Education Place

  12. Graphic Organizers from Family Education Network

  13. Graphic Organizers from

  14. Graphic Organizers from NCREL

  15. Graphic Organizers from Region 15 (CT)

  16. Graphic Organizers from

  17. Graphic Organizers from WriteDesign Online

  18. Language Arts Graphic Organizers

  19. Overview of Graphic Organizers and Supporting Research

  20. Printable Graphic Organizers from Pearson

  21. Rubric for a Graphic Organizer (Inspiration)

  22. Teacher-Created Inspiration Projects

  23. Teacher-Created Inspiration Projects 2

Specific organizers

  1. Gliffy: Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings to help you better visually understand information.
  2. FlowChart: Create great flow charts for your classes using this online tool, which comes complete with drawing tools and objects as well as collaborative tools.
  3. DrawAnywhere: This online program allows you to create diagrams and flow charts to represent all kinds of information. Best of all, you can log in from anywhere to get access to your diagrams.
  4. AjaxSketch: This web-based drawing tool makes it easy to not only create flow charts and diagrams but to do freehand drawing as well and you can use it right from Firefox.
  5. XML/SWF Charts: Those familiar with XML will be able to turn their data into colorful and useful charts with this downloadable tool.
  6. yEd: Is a very powerful graph editor and creation tool that can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to create easily read and lay out graphs and diagrams.
  7. Graphviz: If you’ve got a lot of information about the structure of a website or anything else for that matter, this tool can help you to easy map it out into a graph or network.
  8. Best 4C: This Web-based tool allows you to create and share charts from anywhere, making it easier than ever to diagram and draw your ideas.
    LovelyCharts: Charts created through this tool really can be lovely with full color capabilities and loads of graphics.



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