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Great Graphic Organizers and Rubrics to Use in the Classroom

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 8/12/2015

Do you need help using graphic organizers and rubrics? This article offers a variety of both for a teacher of any age group in the K-12 school.

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    Graphic Organizers

    Using graphic organizers in the classroom can help students to organize their writing ideas, reading content, vocabulary, etc. They Being an Organized Educator are a great tool for the teacher and student to use, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Bright Hub website has many articles with lessons on how to use them.

    Graphic Organizer Basics

    Tracey Hall and Nicole Strangman in the "Graphic Organizer" article on the National Center on Accessible Instructional Material website reported that in order for graphic organizers to be an effective learning tool in the classroom, the teacher needs to be able to instruct students on how to use them properly. Teachers need to give explicit instructions and model how to use them.

    For advice on how to use graphic organizers successfully in the classroom, teachers can check out the following articles.

    • What Makes a Graphic Organizer: describes the concept, benefits and components of graphic organizers.
    • Styles and Uses of Graphic Organizers in Teaching: explains the simple and complex styles and purposes of graphic organizers. The graphic organizers discussed in this article include the following types: organization, reading, vocabulary and content. There are examples of how to use a news writing graphic organizer and a villanelle poem graphic organizer.
    • Effectively Using Graphic Organizers: shows that to use graphic organizers effectively in the classroom, a teacher can use them as study aids, or a prewriting strategy for comparing and contrasting and for summarizing.
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    Writing Graphic Organizers

    Writing Graphic Organizer Writing graphic organizers can help students to organize their thoughts and ideas for stories, essays, poems, journals, etc. These organizers can help students to take these ideas and thoughts and turn them into an organized list or group of ideas that can be turned into a strong writing piece.

    For essays, they can help students to organize descriptive, illustration, cause and effect, problem/solution, argument, etc. The following Bright Hub articles will help teachers and students with writing graphic organizers:

    • Teach Using Writing Graphic Organizers: helps teachers to show students how to start writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper. This article includes how to use a topic graphic organizer, idea generator, story graphic organizer and plot chart organizer in the classroom. There are pictorial examples of the onion graphic organizers, cluster graphic organizer and plot chart graphic organizer.
    • Writing Tip: Graphic Organizers for Essay Writing: shows students how to use a graphic organizer. It also explains to the student some types: outline, compare and contract map, and persuasion map.
    • Sharing Printable Graphic Organizers: explains how to teach students how to use the Venn diagram, five paragraph essay graphic organizer and the PowerPoint slide organizer. All three graphic organizers are free downloads.
    • Ready, Set, Write: Teaching Strategies for Fourth Grade Writing: shows teachers how to use graphic organizers with fourth graders. Examples of graphic organizers are the sandwich graphic organizer and circle clusters. This article also offers rubrics and checklists for writing.
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    Reading Graphic Organizers

    Reading graphic organizers help students to keep reading elements organized. It can help students to summarize what they read or help them to comprehend what they read. The following Bright Hub articles will help your students with their reading:

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    The Right Tool for the Right Problem Area

    The following graphic organizers articles help students with different problems. Each tool can help make a difference in the classroom.

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    What are Rubrics?

    Rubrics are a great assessment tool that can help teachers grade quickly and allow student to understand how they will be assessed clearly.

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    Specific Types of Rubrics

    The following articles share specific examples of rubrics with lessons to be used in the classroom.

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    Graphic Organizers and Rubrics Make Tasks Easier

    In the end, graphic organizers and rubrics are excellent tools that teachers can add to their teaching repertoire. Each can help make a task easier for students to understand. And, each can help teachers explain a task or activity with better clarity.