In this no-prep resource – Volume 7 of our popular Think, then Write structured writing program, we’ll look at some simple frameworks to help plan, execute and organise research in preparation for writing longer assignments.
Complex projects like essays, assignments, longer reports and articles, require significant research. Some writers are very organised and like to know exactly what they are going to write before they start. Others work more intuitively. But all writers benefit from a plan – even if it’s just an informal outline or rough guide.
As we learned in Think then Write Volume 5, good writers tend to look at topics and issues from multiple perspectives, recognising that different people think differently about many things in the world that matter. Sometimes, our personal views on a topic are so strong that we find it hard to look at it from different angles – especially when we are writing about controversial topics.
Frameworks that force us to consider topics from different perspectives are useful. In this resource, we highlight two key frameworks:
- the PERSIA Framework, which we learned from Harold Ramis, the famous American actor, director and writer; and
- William E. Blundell’s six aspects of stories to consider when planning a feature article, as set out in his wonderful book, “The Art and Craft of Feature Writing”.
With worked examples using both the frameworks, this 52-page resource is specially for high school students when they are planning their essays, assignments, longer reports and articles.
This fully-scripted program builds on previous volumes of Think, Then Write, in which we learned how to:
- write compound and complex sentences using words like “because”, “while”, “if”, “but”, and “so”: Think, Then Write Volume 1;
- write paragraphs featuring strong topic sentences and supporting details, with specific examples and reasons to support your views: Think, Then Write Volume 2;
- use transitions and to write short reports expressing your views on things like books, movies and computer games: Think, Then Write Volume 3;
- write narratives (also known as stories) using your knowledge of story grammar: Think, Then Write Volume 4; and
- compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics: Think, Then Write Volume 5.
- tackle short answer questions – the kinds of questions that appear in school tests and exams and require you to write short answers: Think, then Write Volume 6.