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Written by Meryem Kennedy

Meryem has worked with students of all ages from all over the world. As a teacher for over 25 years, she has taught at high schools, universities, colleges, and language institutions, in addition to private tutoring. Her education includes three university degrees: English Teaching, Applied Linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

An Awesome Organizer: What/Why/How

Do you struggle with organizing your thoughts when you are writing or giving a speech? I would like to share with you an awesome organizer.  As an educator for over 25 years, I can tell you this has been the most effective tool I have taught my students. It is called What/Why/How. It looks like this:


As you see, it helps you start with the main idea (WHAT), list the reason(s) for your statement (WHY), and further explain your reasons by providing more details (HOW).

I recommend having at least three reasons for a simple paragraph. This organizer can also be used for essays. 

Check out the order we follow to create the first draft:


And here is the final paragraph. Pay attention to how the paragraph follows the order of What/Why/How:


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