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What is a Graphic Organizer?

Defining graphic organizer


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Graphic organizers: A series of visual charts and tools used to represent and organize a student's knowledge or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used as part of the writing process to help students map out ideas, plots, character details and settings before beginning to write. As part of the reading process, graphic organizers can help a student comprehend what he has read and make comparisons to other pieces of writing.

Graphic organizers can be used to: sequence events, analyze cause and effect, compare and contrast and develop concepts in detail.

Examples of: Venn diagram, story web, K-W-L (Know, Want to Know, Learned) charts, storyboards, word webs, flow charts, cause-and-effect diagrams

Related Resources:
Using Graphic Organizers as Study Guides
Reproducibles: Graphic Organizer Worksheets

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