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Reading Tips

Graphic organizers can help readers prepare to read, complete a reading assignment, or reflect on what they have read.

Discover other tips for helping students improve their reading skills.

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Graphic Organizers

We offer a collection of pre-formatted graphic organizers that you can integrate into activities and lesson plans or use by themselves. We offer three different formats for your convenience:

  • HTML, which is viewable with any browser
  • PDF which is viewable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Word, which is viewable using Microsoft Word®

Item

Description

Version

Character Map Helps describe in detail the main character, their thoughts and actions. Good for short stories and novels.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Clustering Good for organization of concepts, ideas, and as a pre-reading activity.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Compare/Contrast Helps with similarities and differences in characters, situations, and concepts.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Concept Map Good pre-writing activity. Helps with organization of main ideas and details.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Cornell Note-taking Good for organizing information gained from reading textbooks or expository materials.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Fishbone Good for organizing details and events through cause and effect.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Hypothesizing Good in helping to identify the three main components of an hypothesis.

HTML
PDF
WORD

K-W-H-L Chart Good for tapping background information prior to introducing a new concept.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Plot Diagram Good for diagramming and outlining the plot and elements of a story.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Sequence of Events Chart Good for placing main events in their order of occurrence.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Spider Map Helpful with organizing several ideas with supporting details.

HTML
PDF
WORD

SQ3R Good reading strategy used to comprehend expository material.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Story Map Helps with the outline or blueprint of a fictional story.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Storyboard Helps to illustrate the main events.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Timeline

Helps with sequencing events in their proper order.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Tree

Helps with connections about different ideas and details. Useful when background knowledge is limited.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Venn Diagram Good for comparison of ideas, concepts, and character traits. Useful as a pre-writing activity.

HTML
PDF
WORD

W's Organizer Helps with organizing factual ideas around the 5 main questions: who, what, where, when and why.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Web Helpful with developing a framework for ideas and concepts. Useful pre-writing activity.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Web Site Profiler Useful tool for helping to evaluate the quality of information on a web site.

HTML
PDF
WORD

Wheel and Spoke Diagram Helpful with developing a framework for ideas and concepts. Useful pre-writing activity.

HTML
PDF
WORD

 

 

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