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A Guide to Graphic Organizers
Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning

Second Edition


May 2007 | 264 pages | Corwin

"Creating a mindful rendering of student thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K–12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."
—Robin Fogarty, Educational Consultant and Author

"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather and process data systematically, develop critical thinking skills, and become actively engaged learners."
—Mary Jo Johnson, Educational Evaluator, North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC

Help students organize their thinking, process content, and work cooperatively!

Graphic organizers are effective, research-validated tools for supporting student achievement, promoting students' higher-level thinking, and strengthening learners' visual and metacognitive skills.

In this combined update of The Cooperative Think Tank I and II, James Bellanca offers teachers a collection of 24 ready-to-use graphic organizers to enhance student learning across subject areas and grade levels. Presenting each graphic organizer in its own chapter, the author includes lessons for introducing these engaging learning tools to students and offers tips for maximizing their positive learning effects.

Revised with current research, new graphic organizers, and a streamlined format, this edition also provides guidelines for using graphic organizers to:

  • Support cooperative learning groups
  • Help students process content
  • Effectively assess students' understanding of concepts

For novice teachers or seasoned veterans, Bellanca's extensive collection is the ideal guide to help you integrate graphic organizers into daily instruction.

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. KWL
 
2. Web
 
3. Sequence Chart
 
4. Starburst
 
5. Gathering Grid
 
6. 5+1 Newspaper
 
7. Jigsaw
 
8. Ranking Ladder
 
9. Scale
 
10. PMI
 
11. Venn Diagram
 
12. Spider Map
 
13. Classification Grid
 
14. Agree-Disagree Chart
 
15. Prediction Tree
 
16. Decision Maker's Flow Chart
 
17. Concept Map
 
18. Fishbone Analyzer
 
19. Problem-Solving Chart
 
20. Two-Way Thinking Tower
 
21. Classification Flow Chart
 
22. Right Angle
 
23. Inference Funnel
 
24. What?s the Big Idea?
 
25. Invent Your Own Graphic Organizer
 
26. Graphic Organizers: Tools for Lifelong Thinking and Learning
 
27. Skillful Thinking Is Not an Accident
 
28. Promoting Students' Thinking About Their Thinking
 
29. Developing the Quality of Student Thinking
 
30. Using Graphic Organizers With Learning Groups
 
31. The Multiple Uses of Graphic Organizers in Assessment
 
32. No Child Left Behind and Research
 
Appendix: Electronic Resources
 
Bibliography

"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather data systematically and process data in an organized way, developing critical thinking skills and actively engaged learners."

Mary Jo Johnson, Educational Evaluator
North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC

"Seeing 'exactly and explicitly' what students are saying by creating a mindful rendering of thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K-12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."

Robin Fogarty, Educational Consultant and Author

"These worksheets and applications cross grade levels from elementary to middle school on up. An outstanding survey highly recommended for any college-level education library or collection catering to practicing teachers."

California Bookwatch, September 2007

"The diagram are clearly done, and the overall layout of the book is very accessible. Teachers can make good use of the book for its collection of clear graphic organizer masters."

Education Libraries, Spring 2008, Vol. 30(3)

"The importance of visual aids in nurturing lifelong learning is a central theme of this book, which focuses on building skilled thinking."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
School Library Journal

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: KWL


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