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Language Arts Graphic Organizers Tags: graphic organizers reading graphic organizers free graphic organizers graphic organizers for writing

by Marianne Vanderkolk 

Language Arts Graphic Organizers are tools which can help an author choose a subject and gather their details before the writing begins and also during the whole writing process. They can be used as a strategy for teaching writing to help identify possible subjects, learn as much as possible about the subject, decide on an interesting point to expand upon and list factors which can be included and as a tool to design and organize the writing. They are wonderful tools for young writers and helpful in teaching children to write well.

The writing process often follows these steps:
  • Pre-writing;
  • Writing the first draft;
  •  Revising;
  • Editing and Proofreading.

Language Arts graphic organizers will be most useful in the pre-writing stage, but can also be aids when writing the draft and when revising to help the writer clarify and logically present their work.

What are some language arts graphic organizers and when can they be used?
Initially, when deciding upon a topic, these graphic organizers can be used:
  • Clustering - Can once again be useful to help you narrow down your topic.
  • 5 W's and H - Once you have selected your topic, ask Who? What? When? Where? and Why? and How? This graphic organizer can have the main topic in the center of the page with each W? spidering from the center. It could look like the spokes of a wheel.
  • Describing Wheel - This graphic organizer is like a large wheel with the topic in the center. The circle is divided into five sectors - one for each of the senses. This graphic organizer helps the author think of ways to describe a topic, a person, a place, an object according to each sense : sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing.
  • Story Map - This can be useful for narrative writing. This can be organized in horizontal steps. The Setting - which describes who, what, where, when; The Problem or Conflict ; The Plot which includes the rising action and may include a number of sub-plots; The Climax; The Falling Action and Resolution;
  • Compare and Contrast - This graphic organizer can be set up as a T on a page and useful to compare and contrast topics, events, people and so on.
  • Venn Diagram  - A Venn Diagram is also a useful graphic organizer which compares and contrasts two subjects.
  • Timeline - A timeline can be useful to list an order of events in a person's life, an event,
  • A Process Diagram - This graphic organizer is useful to list details of how a process works or step by step instructions. Processes can be joined by arrows.
  • Cycle Diagram - In much the same way as above, this graphic organizer can be used to describe a process which continues as a cycle - science related subjects - life-cycles, water-cycle etc.
  • Cause/ Effect Organizer - This is another T chart which can describe results which come from a particular event.
  • Definition Diagram - Using a spiral diagram, information on the subject can be written on the spokes. A topic can  be defined by a quote, a dictionary definition, important facts, personal definitions, What it is not, An example of it.
  • KWL - Another graphic organizer which helps the author see the gaps in his/her knowledge of a subject and a way to fill it: It is presented as a 3 column chart with these headings:
    • What do I know? (K);
    • What do I want to Know? (W)
    • What I learned (L) or still want to know.
  • Main Idea/Supporting Ideas - This chart can be useful to draft an essay or paragraph. The topic sentence or thesis statement is written at the top and listed underneath are the supporting statements, quotes, facts, examples which support the thesis. An essay may contain a few paragraphs which need supporting evidence for each thesis statement.
These tools are useful to any author, any child or adult, who likes to have a visual and graphic overview of their writing and likes to express their thoughts spatially.
Visit Marianne Vanderkolk's at - a Homeschooling guide to help you uniquely design-your-own homeschool to suit your family's goals.  The website provides information on how to teach writing along with free Homeschool Printables and Graphic Organizers.
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  • Live:

    • Book Discussion

    • Group Presentation

    • Individual Oral Report

    • Literature Circle

    • Panel Discussion

  • Recorded:

    • CD Soundtrack

    • Dialogue Recording

    • Event, Character or Scene Recording

    • Podcast

    • Radio Play

Visually Creative:

  • Physical:

    • Build a Relief Map of the Setting

  • Diorama:

    • Multimedia Materials

    • Paper Mache

    • Plaster or Play Dough

  • Photo Album

  • Poster Board

  • Recipe Book

  • Scale Model of a Building or Object

  • Scrapbook or a Memory Box

  • Tri-fold Display


  • Book Jacket

  • Book Illustrations

  • Bulletin Board Display

  • Cartoon Strip or Graphic ‘Novel’

  • Character Poster

  • Children’s Picture Book

  • Collage for a Theme or Character

  • Design Quilt Squares

  • Flip Book

  • Important Object Drawing

  • Map of the Setting

  • Magazine Cover or Full-Page Ad

  • Mural

  • Portrait of a Character

  • Poster Board

  • Scale Drawings of a Room or Scene

  • Scene Drawing (with a caption)

  • Storyboard (for a filmstrip)

  • T-Shirt Design

  • Trading Cards

  • Travel Brochure


  • Cause and Effect Chart

  • Flow Chart

  • Graphical Outline

  • Mind Map of the Author’s Accomplishments

  • Mind Map of the Plot Chart

  • Timeline

  • Top Ten List

  • Venn Diagram


Dramatically Creative:

  • Act a Scene as a Character

  • Character Monologue

  • Dramatic Reading

  • Dramatic Scene

  • Group Performance

  • Mock Trial

  • Pantomime of a Scene

  • Puppet Show

  • Role Play as the Book’s Author

  • Scene Tableaux


  • Bingo


  • Concentration

  • Crossword

  • Board Game

  • Jeopardy

  • Pictionary

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Word Search


  • Live News Report

  • Movie or Book Trailer

  • PowerPoint Presentation

  • Talk Show Appearance

  • TV Commercial

  • TV Episode

  • Video Editorial

World Connections:

  • Cook Food from the Story

  • Festival surrounding a Book: name, date, location, questions, music, food, games, clothing, etc.


  • Poetry:

    • Acrostic

    • Ballad

    • Found Poem

    • Limerick

    • Retell Story

  • Song:

    • Rap

    • Theme

    • Sonnet

  • Prose:

    • Blog or Blog Entry

    • Character Sketch

    • Children’s Story Retelling

  • Comparison:

    • Another Book

    • Different Story Motifs

    • Different Story Versions

    • Lifestyles in the Story with Current Life

      with the Film Version

  • Create a Sales Pitch for the Book

  • Create a Test

  • Different or Extended Beginning

  • Different or Extended Ending

  • Dossier on a Character

  • Editorial

  • Fairy Tale about a Novel Event

  • Human Interest Story

  • Journal Entries by Chapter or Section

  • Legend, Fable or Myth

  • Letter:

    • to a Character

    • to the Author

  • Magazine Article

  • News Article or Front Page

  • Parody

  • Persuasive Paragraph

  • Publish a Yearbook for the Characters and Events in a Story

  • Radio Play

  • Rationale for a Favourite Passage

  • Recipe

  • Retell a Related Personal Experience


  • Rewrite Story from an Alternate Point of View

  • Short Play

  • Summary

  • TV Episode Script

  • Twitter Feed Story Retell

Research Report:

  • Author

  • Character

  • Issue

  • Real Person

  • Related History

  • Video Game Proposal


  • Glossary

  • Flash Cards

Writing in Role:

  • Advice Column

  • Character Emails

  • Character Facebook Page

  • Character Interview

  • Chat Room Discussion between Characters

  • Diary or Emails of a Main Character

    Fortune Cookie Messages

  • Journal Entry as a Character

  • Literary Agent advocating Publishing

  • Letter to or between Character

  • Postcard(s) from or between Characters

  • Question & Answer

  • Resume (and cover letter) as a Character

  • Series of Text Messages between Characters

  • Telephone Conversation Script

  • Twitter Feed as a Character

  • Visit the Future


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Thought this looked pretty cool. The TeachGenetics website has a lesson plan for building an edible model of DNA using Twizzlers and marshmallows of different colors. Geared for kids in grades 5 - 12, the teaching guide includes information on basic DNA structure, and the rules of base pairing.

Visit the site's Print and Go Index for additional lessons that include worksheets, overhead masters, and answer keys that can be downloaded in PDF.


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