Graphic Organizers

Literacy-Focused PD

Keep in Mind...

The primary goal of using graphic organizers is to make abstract ideas and relationships clear.
Graphic Organizers as a Learning Tool

Why Are Graphic Organizers Important?

  • Graphic organizers show students how to think about the information they are learning.
  • They make new information manageable by enabling students to chunk it to fit into their existing memory.
  • They help students build connections and explore relationships to what they already know.
  • Organizers also help students recall information more readily.

How Can Students Use Them?

  • structure their note taking
  • generate ideas
  • record key text information
  • guide reading
  • organize ideas as a prewriting tool
  • select, sequence, restructure, and store information
  • create a visual model to understand or explain
  • connect ideas or concepts
  • focus on what is most important
  • summarize their learning

What Should Teachers Consider When Selecting Graphic Organizers?

  • Understanding text structures is critical to comprehending what you are reading and to logically organize new information. Choose a graphic organizer based on how text is organized.
  • Choose a graphic organizer to facilitate how you want your students to think about content of your lesson.
  • Be sure there is an intended purpose for the graphic organizer and that the students understand that they will be using the completed organizer for a specific purpose.
Gradual Release of Responsibility
  1. Demonstration: I do, you watch.
  2. Guided Practice: I do, you help.
  3. Independent Practice: You do, I help.
  4. Application: You do, I watch.

Where Are Some Samples to Get Started?

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