Monday, December 20, 2010

What are Graphic Organizers? - Teaching Reading Resources

Graphic organizers are a way to visually arrange and classify information. They are also used to demonstrate comprehension of reading material. Students can use them individually, in small groups, or as a whole class under a teacher’s direction. Graphic organizers can be used as a pre-reading activity to activate background knowledge of a topic that students are going to read about, or they can be used after students read to assess students’ comprehension of reading material. Consider using graphic organizers to supplement your reading instruction.

There are several free graphic organizer resources available online, but a few examples are included below for each designated purpose listed.

To Show Detail:
Cluster/Word Web

To Compare and Contrast:
Venn Diagram
Same and Different Chart

To Show Sequence:
Sequence Chart
Cycle Chart

To Show Cause and Effect:
1 Cause and 4 Effects Chart
4 Causes and 2 Effects Chart

Adapted from Reading Horizons Reading Library Teacher Edition. Used with permission.

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