Partially Filled Out Graphic Organizers


Tip: Partially Filled Out Graphic Organizers

How do I do it?
When before, during, or after teaching a particular topic, choose an appropriate graphic organizer that would help students organize the information they are learning about the topic.  For example, when studying animals and plants, a Venn Diagram may be useful to compare characteristics of each.  Instead of giving each student a blank organizer to fill in, given them one with some of the information written in the graphic organizer.  For example, include 1 or 2 similarities and contrasting features of animals and plants: Similarities: alive, need oxygen; Contrasting: plants are stationary and animals can locomote etc.  This will help students understand what they need to do to add additional information to the graphic organizer. 

Variations & Extensions
Tape or glue together large sheets of butcher paper or chart paper and make a giant-sized graphic organizer for what you are studying.  Fill out the headings or major categories.  Include a few examples.  Review it with students and have them work together on the floor to fill in additional examples. 

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Common Core ELA Writing Standard 9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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