Simply encouraging students to do more talking before they write will help them improve their organization of ideas. Remember, writing is thinking, so having students verbalize their stories before they put any words on paper will force them to think through their ideas and begin to organize their thoughts in a way that will make sense. This technique is especially helpful for reluctant writers or students who have a hard time getting started. I like to assign writing partners in my classroom. Students work with the same partner for an extended period (usually several weeks). Sometimes before students begin writing, I ask them to tell their partners what they plan to write about that day. This helps them organize their ideas orally before they begin to put them on paper.