Graphic Organizers – An Educator’s Dream Tool

by Debbie Gonzales on November 20, 2013

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Graphic organizers are some of the most beneficial tools around to help teach complicated literary concepts such as theme, text structure, chronology, and sequencing – to name just a few. Also known as knowledge maps, cognitive organizers, or concept diagrams – graphic organizers provide a visual opportunity to grasp complex learning and instruction. And, they’re fun to use!

Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda J. Overturf have joined forces to create an excellent e-book collection of graphic organizers that address both the narrative and informational text CCSS standards. The collection is entitled The Common Core: Graphic Organizers for Teaching K-12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards.  All of the organizers are developed to support students’ thinking processes, and each is sensational.

The authors offer the following tips for the most effective use of graphic organizers. They say that educators should:

·        Clearly explain how the organizer works.

·        Demonstrate how to use it.

·        Engage students in guided practice.

·        Allow students to practice using the graphic organizer on their own.

·        Finally, engage students in reflection regarding how to use the organizer and in the topics and/or skills that they learned.

If you are an educator looking for ways to help students grasp the expectations of Common Core Reading Standards 1 to 10, consider downloading this insightful e-book. It is filled with plenty of strand-specific, power-packed graphic organizers, each complete with clear definitions stating the purpose and intent.

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