Graphic organizers as a reading strategy: Research findings and issues. So take the extra step and model their use. Remember, when you download and print the note organizer below, you can customize it to fit any topic by changing the headings on each page.
When you are just beginning to teach note-taking, the resource below can be a big help. Some common text structures are compare and contrast, description, problem-solution, cause and effect, and sequence of events. PDF Douglas, K.
Each year students are fascinated to learn how repeated eruptions of Mount Vesuvius covered an entire city that no one even realized existed for centuries.
I do this during my writing workshop.
Each student receives a new graphic organizer which we first discuss, page-by-page, as a whole class. Teacher confession: the third choice I have them write down is just to make them feel good that they got their first or second choice!
After the first paragraph is completed, students are sent to their team headquarters to continue writing. This kind of sorting gives them more interaction with the terms and helps them work with similarities and differences, another powerful instructional strategy.