Underneath your Roman numerals you can list your main topics for that paragraph using capital letters, then use numbers to list the details under each topic. A compare and contrast map will help you organize your thoughts for, what else? A basic compare and contrast map will help you outline your information ahead of time.
The outline is particularly well-suited to writing a five-paragraph essay. You might choose to write a description of topic #1, then a description of topic #2, then a conclusion.
If one section is really thin, you might leave it out or do more research to support it before writing your essay.
The graphic organizer is a good way to visually see all of your ideas before you spend the time crafting those ideas into essay form.
In either case, a compare and contrast map can help you organize these thoughts as notes before turning them into an essay.
Other students find it useful to use a Venn Diagram for comparing and contrasting, or even a simple outline format. For a persuasive essay, consider using a persuasion map to organize your ideas.
When you get ready to write your essay, you turn those thoughts and ideas from your graphic organizer into sentences and paragraphs.
If one section in your organizer is really full, you might split it into two paragraphs or topics.
They exist in order to help students like you write better essays.
For a selection of online graphic organizer tools, visit Read Write Think’s Student Interactives page.