Strategy

Graphic Organizers

Knowledge Maps, Concept Maps, Concept Organizers, Mind Maps

UDL 3.4 UDL 6.3

Graphic Organizers are visual representations of text. They can be used to organize facts and/or specific features of fiction or non-fiction material. Teachers can present the information in a pre- or partially-completed graphic organizers or have students fill them out. Examples include: Compare/Contrast charts, T-charts, Venn diagrams, Cause-and-effect charts, Essay organizers, Sandwich charts, Story Ladders, Main idea and Supporting Details, Spider Maps, Timelines, Sequence Charts, Flow Charts, Story Maps (e.g. plot, setting, etc), Concept Maps, Poetry Frames, Response-to-Literature Templates.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Graphic Organizer

Character Text Evidence: Graphic Organizer

This specialized T-Chart supports students in analyzing text evidence and make inferences about a character's thoughts, traits and personality. The T-chart prompts students to cite textual evidence related to both character dialogue as well as character action. This T-Chart also includes visual prompts to ensure that students are citing and analyzing specific evidence from the text. A full exemplar model and the passage from Tortilla Sun is included.

Grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Reading · 4 pages


Graphic Organizer

T-Chart: Compare Two Texts or Works

This specialized T-Chart supports students in comparing and analyzing two texts or works (e.g. poem, song, video, photo, art) about a common theme, topic, or idea. Can be used for both literature, informational text, and multimedia sources. This T-Chart also includes visual prompts to ensure that students are citing and analyzing specific evidence from the text/work. A full exemplar model is filled out with two passages (Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Hundred Dresses) included.

Grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Reading · 6 pages


Graphic Organizer

Basic 8-Point Concept Map

Concept Map for students to record and synthesize their thinking. This graphic organizer is versatile and can be used for brainstorming, pre-writing, vocabulary building, and much more. Included is a variation that includes a space to write a paragraph using the information generated and recorded on the concept map.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing · 2 pages


Graphic Organizer

Circle Maps

A Circle Map is used to define and demonstrate understanding of a term or a concept. Write the concept or term inside the inner circle. Then, have students brainstorm and write down all of their thoughts related to the topic inside the larger circle. Included is a version with space to write a paragraph using the information collected for the Circle Map. This graphic organizer can be used across grade levels and subject areas.

Grade 3, 4, 5 · English Language Arts, Reading, Math · 2 pages


Graphic Organizer

Comparing and Contrasting: Graphic Organizers

A collection of graphic organizers to use for compare and contrast activities. Variations include a venn diagram, a compare/contrast matrix, and a t-chart. Pages can be printed and used as-is across grade levels and subjects, or easily tailored to specific content.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing · 4 pages


Graphic Organizer

Extended Web: Graphic Organizers

A collection of extended concept maps that allow students to expand upon initial brainstorming. Use these graphic organizers to engage students in more detailed thinking about a broader topic as well as cause and effect relationships. Variations include a web map, as well as vertical and horizontal flow charts.

Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math · 3 pages


Graphic Organizer

Problem Solving: Graphic Organizer

A graphic organizer used for critical thinking activities involving problem solving. This resource is specifically targeted at identifying a problem and possible actions as well as evaluating the positives and negatives of each. After doing so, students are prompted to select one choice and justify their answer. This graphic organizer can be printed and used as-is across grade levels and subjects, or easily tailored to specific content.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Writing, Behavior & SEL · 1 pages


Graphic Organizer

Storyboard: Graphic Organizer

Storyboards are used for sequencing activities, as well as cause and effect relationships and story recall. Students can write key information in the lines provided and draw related pictures in the boxes above their writing. This is a useful tool that allows students to demonstrate understanding using multiple representations.

Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing · 1 pages


Graphic Organizer

Timelines and Sequences: Graphic Organizers

A collection of graphic organizers to use for creating timelines and sequences of events. Variations include a timeline as well as both linear and circular sequencing flow charts. Pages can be printed and used as-is across grade levels and subjects, or easily tailored to specific content.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing · 3 pages


Graphic Organizer

Tree Diagram: Concept Map

A Tree Diagram is used to expand upon a concept, idea, or person/character as well as cause and effect relationships. Write the topic on the tree trunk and related ideas, characteristics, or effects on the branches and leaves. This graphic organizer can be used across subject areas. Additionally, the tree graphic is particularly useful for younger students who may need support in visualizing the connections between the broader topic and specific ideas or details.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing · 1 pages


Implementation Tips

Group Work
Assign a Story Map as a group project and have each student responsible for a single element.
Picture Support
Use pictures along with text in a Graphic Organizer.
Picture Response
When using a Venn Diagram, have students find a pictures of plants and animals and place them in correct section.

Examples

ELA
Use a story map to show story elements from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Social Studies
Create a timeline of the American Revolution.
Science
Use a Venn Diagram to compare plants and animals.
Writing
Customize [[https://projectwritemsu.wikispaces.com/file/view/graphic+organizers.pdf|outlines and templates]] to support students' organization and idea development.

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