Are you not sure what to do when your teacher gives you a writing assignment?

Check out this prompt. Let’s make your first steps in the writing process easier with these worksheets on brainstorming and organizing.

Brainstorm and Organize Middle School Writing Prompt - Writing will become much easier when you use these skills. Brainstorm and organize easily with these two downloadable worksheets on the benefits of trees.Brainstorm and Organize

Now it’s your turn: Download this worksheet on the benefits of trees. The worksheet will help you brainstorm. Your ideas do not have to be in complete sentences, and they can be anywhere from silly to serious. The point is to keep the ideas coming. Don’t turn off the tap just because you think an idea is stupid or lame.

When you finish brainstorming, you may see that some of your ideas can be grouped together. For example, “They give us oxygen,” “home for wildlife,” and “fallen leaves and needles build up the soil” all belong under a heading of, say, “Good for the environment.”

Next, download this worksheet on organizing the ideas you just brainstormed. Use this sheet to group ideas together under three main points, like the oxygen, wildlife, and soil points all go under or support the idea of  “Good for the environment.”

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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