This is a circle map of my favorite birthday. First, write the topic, then draw a circle around it.
Use the information from your circle map to write the opening paragraph. It must have at least 2 sentences and answer the 5 W's. Then put 3 of the events from the Circle Map in sequence and add them to the Flow Map. NOTE: It's okay if you don't use everything you've written in your circle map. Pick and choose the information you want to use. Try to use WOW words or imagery (such as similes) to make your writing more interesting.
A Flee Map is your Flow Map combined with a Tree Map. It builds on the Flow Map by adding more information to each of the events and adding a closing paragraph. First, adding 3 Tell Me Mores (TMM) to each event. Think of it as someone asking you, "Tell me more about...." the event you've listed. Adding details to your writing develops it into a more interesting piece. When you're done, select transition words or phrases to show forward movement in your story (that time has passed). Each paragraph for your 3 events should have four sentences each: the topic sentence (event) and 3 more sentences about the event.
Complete your Flee Map by adding a closing paragraph. and should be at least 2 sentences. The sentences need to be an observation, opinion, or show a reaction or feeling about the events you just told. It should NOT be a continuation of the story. It is only to reflect on the events of the story.
After you've completed your Flee Map, read through it to be sure the sequence of events make sense and that you have all 5 paragraphs. Check to be sure you have transition words/phrases for your 3 events and that each event has at least 3 TMMs.All 5 paragraphs should be indented (scooted in some).
Use your Flee Map to practice reading your story aloud to friends who can help you decide how the story sounds best. Also, try to use as many WOW words or imagery as possible. Your piece should have at least 3 examples. Be sure to help your friends make her/his writing the best it can be, too!
Now, it's time to write a draft (sloppy copy) of your story. Use your Flee Map to write your story in paragraph form, making sure to create 5 paragraphs, each indented.
You're almost done! Go through your writing and check spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Do all of your sentences begin with a capital? Do you have ending punctuation? Are all of your sentences complete? Do you have 16 sentences (see the number of sentences you should have for each paragraph below). After editing (revising) your paper, proofread it, and then make any additional changes. Remember, this is your sloppy copy, and it doesn't matter if you've erased or marked through words and replaced them with better words. You're still writing your draft, and when I call it your sloppy copy, I'm not kidding! You should see some of my sloppy copies! :)
Finally, get out a fresh piece of paper and a sharpened pencil.