A common format in media today is the list. There are many articles written to inform, such as “Four Ways to Save Money in April” or “101 Uses for Baking Soda.” Other lists are meant to entertain. They may even be humorous. David Letterman has his top ten lists, for example.
Students can create lists to write either of these types of articles. They can focus on sequencing their facts and ideas in logical ways. Making a list is also a way to organize ideas before writing prose.
In this book I have included a writing process for students. I have also included a black line master for publishing a final copy and a sample story using a list as an organizer.