Presentation on theme: "What is a graphic organizer? A graphic organizer is a tool students can use to brainstorm and organize their thoughts. A graphic organizer is helpful because."— Presentation transcript:
What is a graphic organizer? A graphic organizer is a tool students can use to brainstorm and organize their thoughts. A graphic organizer is helpful because you can represent ideas in a visual way. Sample of a mind map "Reproduced with permission from MindTools.com http://www.mindtools.com/pages/articles/newISS_01.htm
Using Graphic Organizers - Organize information visually - See relationships between ideas - Helpful as a pre-writing activity
Basic Organizers Graphic organizers aren’t all that new. You’ve probably completed many of them, perhaps without identifying them as graphic organizers. For example, a chart can be an example of a graphic organizer. ReadingReflecting Double Entry Reading Journal
Basic Organizers You can represent a series of events. First Event Second Event Third Event
Organizing ideas and examples Trait Quote to support that trait Trait Quote to support that trait Trait Quote to support that trait You can organize ideas and examples using a spider map. In this map your details become more specific, the further you move from the center of the page. Character Sketch
Comparing and Contrasting You can use an organizer to compare ideas. In Venn diagrams, the areas that overlap are spaces to show similar ideas. Idea Distinguishing (different) characteristics are in found in the parts of the circles that don’t overlap.
Concept Maps You can create visual maps that illustrate the relationships between ideas. The relationships are labeled on the lines that connect your ideas. Concept maps also require you to shift from general to more specific. Concept maps often start at the top of the page and get more specific as you move down. Reprinted with permission
Now that your materials are ready… Start with your purpose. What kinds of ideas are you trying to represent? Is your purpose to describe or to compare? Your purpose should help you decide what kind of organizer you should use. Let’s try to build a mind map of favourite foods.