Teaching Tip: Graphic Organizer are an Easy Way to Shelter Instruction for All Ages

WHAT? Use a graphic organizers at the beginning, middle and end of a lesson.

WHY? Graphic organizers help language learners become familiar with and organize vocabulary and concepts in a visually accessible way, helping them to understand the lesson concepts and language throughout the lesson. There is a body of research that suggests the use of graphic organizers benefits language acquisition for learners.

Think about your lesson objective and choose an organizer that would help explain the concept and/or vocabulary.
Make a large version of the organizer (e.g. on chart paper, a smart board, overhead, or PowerPoint).
Guide the students whole class and fill out the key vocabulary and concepts.  Use different colors to draw attention to important categories and connections.
As you progress through the lesson, add to or change the information in the organizer.

(Optional) Students have individual copies of the organizer to copy from the large organizer or create a new organizer for practice.


Here's a great book with over 200 graphic organizers:

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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