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Printable graphic organizers are available for all most any task in the classroom, such as organizing a writing piece, studying vocabulary, or learning a new math concept by “chunking" new content. To use printable graphic organizers effectively, teachers need to understand each graphic organizer’s purpose and understand how to teach students to successfully use one. Two popular graphic organizers are the Venn Diagram and the Five Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer.
Venn Diagram Graphic Organizer
The Venn Diagram is probably the most well known graphic organizers. This basic graphic organizer can help students organize their thoughts and ideas about any two objects that have similarities and differences.
Reasons students will want to use the Venn Diagram is to compare and contrast two characters in a novel, two different items or ideas, two possible decisions to a problem, etc. The information written on the graphic organizer can help a person to organize and write a paper or a debate.
To use the Venn Diagram, students will need to choose two items or subjects that they want to compare and contrast. Next, the students need to write one item in the left part of the diagram and one item in the right part of the diagram. Then, the students need to write the things that the two subjects have in common or are similar in the center section of the diagram. In the left and right section of the diagram, the students need to write information that only pertains to each subject or item. When the diagram is filled out, students now have information to write a paper that compares and contrasts the two items.
Five Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer
The Five Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer is a helpful graphic organizer that can organize an essay. If the student follows the graphic organizer, he or she will be able to write a well-organized essay.
The graphic organizer has places to write the topic of the essay and the thesis statement at the topic. Right below the topic is a section for an attention grabbing sentence or attention grabbing question for the first sentence of the introductory paragraph. If students have a great first sentence the essay will definitely start off right.
A thesis statement box is for one sentence that tells what the essay will help to focus the essay. This will help to focus the essay. The three column bubbles ask for the three main ideas that the essay will discuss. Each will become a separate paragraph. The more detail the students write in the bubble column, the easier it will be to write each body paragraph later. Last, there is a box to write a conclusion.
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Graphic organizers are a great classroom tool, and there are many reasons to use graphic organizers in your classroom. There are many types of graphic organizers to choose from and they are not just for writing papers. There are vocabulary graphic organizers, reading graphic organizers, math graphic organizers, and graphic organizers to organize a task.
PowerPoint Slide Organization Plan
The PowerPoint Slide Organization Plan can help students to organize an electronic slide project. Deciding how to organize slides can be a mind-boggling task. This graphic organizer has places to write what will go on each slide.
The first slide has lines to write the student’s name, the title of the presentation, the class and the date. There are boxes for slides two through nine. In each box, the students can write the basic information for each slide and decide what order to show the slides. The next box is for references. Students should choose one style or format, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. This will add credibility to the slide show. The last box is to conclude the presentation and ask for questions.
In addition to the Venn Diagram Graphic Organizers, the Five Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer and the PowerPoint Slide Graphic Organizer, there are other types of printable graphic organizers. There are summarizing graphic organizers to help students to write summaries, which is a very important skill on the reading and writing achievement tests. The story map graphic organizer can help students figure out the important plot elements, such as the setting, conflicts, climax, etc. The reading graphic organizers can be simple ones, such as T-charts and KWL Charts or more complicated ones to help students to understand the novel elements, such as theme, main ideas, and character traits.
Printable graphic organizers can help students to organize information and to learn content. There are many available on the Internet. Teachers just need to be knowledgeable of how to utilize them best.
Sharing Printable Graphing Organizers
The articles in this series will explain and give ideas on how to use graphic organizers.