Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that helps students in grades 3-12 develop outlines that include introductory statements, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing main ideas.
The interactive lays out a classic five-paragraph essay. Students enter an introductory sentence or two, three main ideas, three supporting details for each main idea, and concluding sentences. The resulting essay outline can be edited along the way using navigation arrows or by clicking a graphic representation in the upper right hand corner that allows students to access specific points in their essays. Final outlines can be saved to computers or thumb drives, shared, or printed.
Included in Lessons That Use This Interactive are links to lessons that use Essay Map. In one lesson for grades 3-5, “Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters” students work in small groups to locate cause-and-effect relationships within expository text, record their findings on two graphic organizers, and then using the organizers to write a paragraph. Teachers will find lesson tabs for grade 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources provides lessons, activities, interactives, and strategy guides. For example, “Implementing the Writing Process,” is a strategy guide for K-5 that explains the writing process and offers ways to apply it. The guide and its handouts can be printed separately. One user has objected to how the guide combines revising and editing and argues that the two are distinct processes. This is a valid objection but doesn’t detract from the rest of the guide.