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A Guide to Graphic Organizers

A Guide to Graphic Organizers
Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning

Second Edition

July 2007 | 264 pages | Corwin
Using Graphic Organizers to Increase Learning: A Step by Step Guide, Second Edition offers teachers of all grade levels and content areas a collection of 24 ready-to-use graphic organizers to help students organize their thinking, process content, and work cooperatively. In the bookÆs first section, each graphic organizer is featured in its own chapter, providing:A lesson for introducing the organizer to studentsIdeas for using the organizer in different subject areas and grade levelsTips for using the organizer to maximize student learningThe second section provides strategies for using graphic organizers with cooperative learning groups, exploration of the role of graphic organizers in developing thinking processes, and suggestions for using them as assessment tools. This revised edition has been updated with current research, several new graphic organizers, a streamlined format, and an expanded collection of examples.
About the Author
1. KWL
2. Web
3. Sequence Chart
4. Starburst
5. Gathering Grid
6. 5+1 Newspaper
7. Jigsaw
8. Ranking Ladder
9. Scale
10. PMI
11. Venn Diagram
12. Spider Map
13. Classification Grid
14. Agree-Disagree Chart
15. Prediction Tree
16. Decision Maker's Flow Chart
17. Concept Map
18. Fishbone Analyzer
19. Problem-Solving Chart
20. Two-Way Thinking Tower
21. Classification Flow Chart
22. Right Angle
23. Inference Funnel
24. What?s the Big Idea?
25. Invent Your Own Graphic Organizer
26. Graphic Organizers: Tools for Lifelong Thinking and Learning
27. Skillful Thinking Is Not an Accident
28. Promoting Students' Thinking About Their Thinking
29. Developing the Quality of Student Thinking
30. Using Graphic Organizers With Learning Groups
31. The Multiple Uses of Graphic Organizers in Assessment
32. No Child Left Behind and Research
Appendix: Electronic Resources

"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather data systematically and process data in an organized way, developing critical thinking skills and actively engaged learners."

Mary Jo Johnson, Educational Evaluator
North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC

"Seeing 'exactly and explicitly' what students are saying by creating a mindful rendering of thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K-12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."

Robin Fogarty, Educational Consultant and Author

"These worksheets and applications cross grade levels from elementary to middle school on up. An outstanding survey highly recommended for any college-level education library or collection catering to practicing teachers."

California Bookwatch, September 2007

"The diagram are clearly done, and the overall layout of the book is very accessible. Teachers can make good use of the book for its collection of clear graphic organizer masters."

Education Libraries, Spring 2008, Vol. 30(3)

"The importance of visual aids in nurturing lifelong learning is a central theme of this book, which focuses on building skilled thinking."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
School Library Journal

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: KWL

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