Generic Graphic Organizers
Resources to Help Students Plan and Organize Their Writing
Graphic Organizers in this collection can help students by reinforcing a variety of literacy skills. Writing A-Z Generic Graphic Organizers are available in two categories—primary (for beginning and early developing levels) and intermediate (for developing and fluent levels). Students use graphic organizers to plan their writing or to organize information from research. Graphic organizers can help students narrow the focus of their writing or understand new vocabulary, too.
Why Use Generic Graphic Organizers
Graphic Organizers are designed to support learning at all levels. They are designed to support the brain's inclination to make connections between bits of information and to organize the information into related chunks.
How to Use Generic Graphic Organizers
Hand out or project one of the Generic Graphic Organizers for a variety of opportunities for individual, small-group, or whole-class instruction that supports students' writing.
- Organize writing in text structures such as main idea and details or cause and effect
- Compare and contrast topics or distinguish fact from opinion when researching
- Determine the meaning of new words to use in writing with the help of mind maps
- Summarize or map out a topic or story to include the most important information in a piece of writing
- Create engaging character descriptions by outlining their traits before beginning a first draft
- Organize thinking or condense information about any writing topic