Is it tough to come up with ideas when your teacher gives you a writing assignment?

And if you have ideas, is it hard to plan and put them into an effective order with main and supporting points? This prompt will help with these problems.

Many students feel that brainstorming is a waste of time, but you’ll see otherwise in this prompt as you brainstorm the benefits of bike riding. Also, you’ll practice organizing your ideas so they make sense. These worksheets will make your tasks much, much easier.

Brainstorm and Organize High School Writing Prompt -- You are not wasting time when you brainstorm. Use these colorful worksheets to practice brainstorming and organizing before you write.

Brainstorm and Organize

Now it’s your turn: Download this brainstorming worksheet on the benefits of bike riding. Write down as many ideas as you can think of. Your ideas do not have to be complete sentences.

When you finish, you’ll notice that some of your ideas can be combined under one heading. For instance, some may be “save on car insurance” and “save on gas.” Those can be combined under a heading of “Saving money” or “Financial reasons” or “Riding a bike saves money.” Download the organizing worksheet and fill in the main point or headings and then the supporting points.

When you complete these tasks before each writing assignment, writing won’t seem like such a chore. It will go more smoothly, and you’ll see an improvement in your essay-writing abilities.

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