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Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer you're looking for on your next literary adventure!
Support your young writers as they explore the freedom and creative potential of a free verse poem. Based on a model poem written by Maya Angelou, this graphic organizer does an excellent job of helping learners form their unique ideas into poetic language and vivid imagery.
Improve class understanding of colonial times by reading an informational text and filling out the accompanying graphic organizer. Class members work with a partner to read, take notes, make inferences, and synthesize information.The lesson does not provide a copy of If You Lived in Colonial Times, so you will need to find the text. Since the series of lessons only uses parts of the text, you could probably buy one book and make a class set for your learners. 
Fourth graders tackle the close reading skill of learning how to find the main idea and details within informational text. A graphic organizer is provided to help learners navigate taking note-taking skills with the book, The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy. Although the text of the book is not available, this plan includes great instruction on how to systematically lead a class through becoming efficient note-takers. This ELA lesson is part of a bigger unit that is designed to supplement the social studies curriculum for teachers in New York state. 
Using graphic organizers can be an effective way to teach literary elements.
Is Pluto still a planet? Using this popular question, kids are introduced to graphic organizers as a writing tool. As a class, they watch a demonstration on how to use them and work together with a partner to research whether Pluto is a planet or not. In groups, they travel between stations to discover both sides of the argument.
As part of their examination of Carolina history, eighth graders use a graphic organizer to record information found in a primary source about the relationship between colonists and the Tuscarora. If possible, have learners read the excerpt from John Lawson’s assessment online. As the reader moves the mouse over the highlighted text or images, background information or commentary is revealed. Included in the resource are links to Lawson’s writings, a template for the organizer, and a teacher guide.
Students use reading and writing strategies to explain informational text in science. They create and use different types of graphic organizers to understand, interpret, and analyze informational text.
Third graders are introduced to a variety of graphic organizers that they may use as an aid to independent writing tasks. They practice writing a paragraph linking the information in a graphic organizer to the finished product.
How does one use a graphic organizer to plan writing? Introduce your writers to different types of graphic organizers by dividing the class into groups and assigning each group a particular organizer. Then, as they research chocolate (yum!), they record some of the pros and cons to their specific organizer. 
Fifth graders review the characteristics of a nonfiction text. For this language arts lesson, 5th graders understand that one can use a specific graphic organizer to help them in understanding an organizational structure. For example, in understanding chronological order one would use a time line, while for logical order one would use a cycle of events.
“Is Pluto a Planet?” Pairs of researchers use graphic organizers to record data found during their investigation into this ongoing controversy. Finally, class member use the collected information to write a paragraph in support of their position. Assessments, center ideas, and extension are included.
In this graphic organizer worksheet, students fill out a graphic organize shaped like ice cream that asks who, what, when, where, why, and how. Students complete 6 sections.
Fifth graders brainstorm a variety of topics for writing. As a class, learners create four types of graphic organizers on selected topics. They discuss how to use graphic organizer in constructing a written paragraph.
Second graders participate in a unit of Reading to increase reading comprehension. They use graphic organizers in order to organize information as it is being read. This technique also allows students to create their own visual notes.
Fourth graders use the prereading strategy of discussion and then use a graphic organizer to help guide reading on the topic of the rock cycle. They use a worksheet imbedded in this plan to guide thier inquiry.
Learners organize information using a variety of graphic organizers. They incorporate graphic organizers to record new information. They complete a graphic organizer prior to beginning a writing assignment.
Second graders research information on the animal of their choice using the James E. Gerholt animal series books. They create a graphic organizer (concept web) using Kid Pix Deluxe 3 software, display information on screen, and create a product to turn in.
Eighth graders read myths and fables to determine the common character traits of the main characters. They use graphic organizers to organize the traits while working in small groups. They design slideshow presentations and newsletters based on the comparison of the traits of two characters.
Young scholars listen to or read a variety of stories and then work individually or in groups to complete graphic organizers that will help them focus on elements within different types of stories. They write definitions for a variety of story types to include one or more of the following: fables, fairy tales, folktales, legends, myths, and tall tales.

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