Saturday, May 27, 2017

Graphic Organizers with Templates

There are various types of graphic organizers that students can and should be using to process information. The organizer teachers select, or students select themselves, depends on the type of processing expected to take place.  

Here is a non-exhaustive list of different graphic organizer types with templates you can make a copy of and use with students.



Type & Description
Possible uses
Organizer Templates
Brainstorming - processing information prior to or just after learning
  • identify prior knowledge
Cause and Effect -
shows the relationship between two or more ideas, concepts, topics, etc.
  • addressing cause and effect
  • analyze characters or events
  • analyze stories
  • identify the impact on an event or experiment.
Compare/Contrast - identify the similarities and differences between two or more concepts.
  • comparing and contrasting stories, characters, topics, concepts, terms, etc.
Concept Map - central idea with corresponding characteristics.
  • brainstorming
  • identifying relationships
  • making connections
Flow Diagram or Sequence Chart - shows a series of events or steps in an order.
  • outlining key events,
  • procedures
  • timelines


Main Idea and Details - shows relationship between major concept and supporting elements
  • identifying main central idea and supporting details of a reading or movie.
  • summarizing


Semantic - shows relationships between words and meanings - shows relationships between words and meanings
  • identifying meaning of a vocabulary word
  • connecting words, meanings, and visual representations.

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