One of the goals of any form of prewriting is to differente between main points and supporting examples. One of the simplest ways to work toward this goal is the T-chart. You list main points on one side of your chart and supporting examples on the other. This helps ensure that you have specific examples to illustrate each of your ideas. You can also ensure that your major arguments are grouped together with these supporting examples and begin to see how to organize your paragraphs.
T-charts are particularly useful when you are working under time pressure and do not have time to create a formal outline. Many students use T-charts when writing essay exams as a quick, concise method of organizing their main points and supporting evidence.
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