Poor organization often destroys an otherwise good paper. After writing a first draft, individuals consider the organization of ideas, a topic discussed in the 16th handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series. The resource covers five ways to reorganize a draft and provides specific examples of each strategy.
- Place learners into groups and have each group practice one strategy mentioned in the handout; share the experience with the rest of the class
- Model one strategy a day using the same paper or topic to make it easier to see the differences
- If displaying using a project or interactive whiteboard, use a pointer or highlighting tool to point out key pieces of information
- Links to other materials to introduce related concepts
- Uses bulleted lists, bold font, and other text features to make the content easier to skim and scan
- Suggests writing a draft first, but some strategies work best when used before writing a first draft