Graphic Organizers are a useful tool for all teachers, regardless of the grade level they teach and the ability of their students. Organizing content in a graphic way helps facilitate stronger comprehension for all students. Here are a couple sample graphic organizers for literacy that will help your students better understand the structure of a story.
(The following excerpt is from The Elementary School Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5, by Katherine S. McKnight)
Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D., is a former classroom teacher and nationally recognized expert in literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. She began her career in education as a high school teacher in Chicago over 20 years ago. Currently, Katie’s work brings her to schools and classrooms all over the United States where she shares proven, practical models and strategies that develop the literacy skills of all students. Katie has published seven books that support teaching and learning strategies that engage all learners in reading and writing for the 21st century. Her titles include The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12 and The English Teacher’s Survival Guide, 2nd Ed. (co-authored with Mary Lou Brandvik). To learn more, go to www.katherinemcknight.com.
The Elementary Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5, by Katherine S. McKnight–This book features 100 graphic organizers that elementary teachers can use as a before learning, during learning, and after learning activities. These graphic organizers will support students’ learning of new content in the major content areas: English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. By providing a visual representation that uses symbols to express ideas, concepts, and convey meaning, graphic organizers help depict relationships between facts, terms, and ideas. Graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning strategy that support students’ learning of new content. Not only does this book provide more than double the content of leading competitors, but it also provides teachers with the tools to create their own graphic organizers for any grade level.