Not a pre writing tool
As an aide for their
As students create diagrams
to support their own texts,
they will be more likely to
pay attention to those that
appear in the texts they
Quiz kids on material
T1. Model how to
If students aren’t taught how to use graphic
organizers through teacher modeling and guided
practice, they won’t get much from them. So
take the extra step and model their use.
T2. Avoid complete sentences.
Unless you have a very good reason to insist that students use complete
sentences on their organizers, don’t do it. Complete sentences take up too
much space, they take longer to write, and the effort to hold students
accountable misses the whole point of the organizer. Show students how to
use bullet points and sentence fragments to get ideas down and show how
they are related.
T3. For complex
T4. Let students color
outside the lines.
T5. Offer a variety of