Graphic organizers come in a variety of methods and are used for
their effectiveness in improving the learning capabilities of students.
A graphic organizer is a visual and graphic display that depicts the
relationships between facts, terms, and/or ideas within a learning
Graphic organizers are also sometimes referred to as knowledge
maps, concept maps, story maps, cognitive organizers, advance
organizers, or concept diagrams.
How to use
Helps students with the structure of a writing project
Encourages students to make decisions
Helps students classify ideas
Allows students to demonstrate their thinking process
Helps students increase reading comprehension
Its easier to brainstorm
Use of Graphic Organizers Cont.
Using text and visual aids in the classroom reaches a wide variety of
Creates a strong visual picture for the students.
Allows the students to see connections between facts, information,
Commonly used for grades K through 12.
Also effective for adult learners.
The brain is more equipped to process images rather than text.
Teaching with Graphic Organizers
Things that can be taught:
Cause and effect
Comparing and contrasting concepts
Organizing problems and solutions
Graphic Organizers in Diverse
Pros and Cons of a
Useful in helping students grasp abstract concepts.
Enhance learning by stimulating students’ interest and retaining their
Small diagrams are easy to create and update.
Answer keys are time consuming.
A decrease in note taking.
Larger diagrams often get complicated very quickly and become
harder to update.
Graphic organizer creates a strong visual picture for the students.
Can be used for all age groups.
Encourages students to make decisions.