Styles and Types
There are many types of graphic organizers to help students learn. Graphic organizers can arrange content, organize writing ideas, categorize reading material, help students learn vocabulary, etc. There are free graphic organize that anyone can print.
Organizing Graphic Organizers
Because there are so many types of graphic organizers, it is helpful to know how to use them in the classroom. The graphic organizers can easily be organized by purpose:
Reading Graphic Organizers
Reading graphic organizers help students to understand a non-fiction piece, story, novel, poem or play better. The organizers also can help students to understand the parts of the plot and types of literary elements used. In addition, students can use graphic organizers to learn characters, setting, etc.
A plot graphic organizer will help students to identify the exposition, conflicts, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. Mostly with reading graphic organizers, students can identify the sequence of events, such as the beginning, ending and end in novels.
Non-fiction Reading: Newspaper or Magazine Graphic Organizers
Sometimes, students will struggle with non-fiction on the state achievement tests, and a graphic organizer can help the student to learn how the information is organized. If students are struggling to understand nonfiction pieces, such as newspaper articles, magazine articles or journal articles, teachers can help them by having students fill out the graphic organizer that is included with this article.
On the Newspaper or Magazine Graphic Organizer, students should write down the key components of the lead in the first box. It is usually the first sentence, but it is generally in the first two paragraphs. A lead tells who, what, where, when, why and how. The lead tells what the article will discuss. In addition, students should summarize the article.
The information in the rest of the article is usually arranged in the inverted pyramid style of news writing. The most important information is at the top and the least important information is at the bottom. On the graphic organizer include, students can write down eight main points from the article in the lines on the inverted pyramid.
Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
Vocabulary graphic organizers can help students to study vocabulary words or deepen their understanding of a word. The various graphic organizers can help students to expand their vocabulary.
Content Graphic Organizers
Content graphic organizers help students to learn content from textbooks or other sources. These graphic organizers help students organize their information into "chunks" or sections that are easier to study or to learn. Also, the graphic organizers can show connections between information and help students summarize information.