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Explicit Instruction and Graphic Organizers

I recently had the opportunity to present the Learning to Achieve module on explicit instruction. During the session we explored how graphic organizers can help engage learners in higher order thinking skills. We worked with two graphic organizers - one which engaged learners in vocabulary learning and one aimed at passage comprehension. Here is a link to an explanation of how to teach graphic organizers with examples -

What are graphic organizers members of this discussion group find to be effective learning tools for learners?


Michael Cruse's picture
One hundred

Hi, Juliana - 

This is a great topic, thanks for getting it started.  I'm not able to access the PDF of how to teach graphic organizers, but I present using K-W-L Charts as a model.  I especially like K(now)-W(ant to know)-L(earned) Charts because they are learner directed.  They also allow the user to determine the format of the content, whether it be complete sentences, bullet points, notation, etc.  I think modeling the use of graphic organizers is a critical skill that needs to be explicitly taught.  I look forward to hearing from others what graphic organizers they like to use as an introduction to teaching higher order thinking with learners.


Mike Cruse

Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator

Kathy_Tracey's picture
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I love graphic organizers! Thank you for starting this conversation. I would like to draw everyone's attention to several LINCS resources: 

Graphic Organizers with UDL
Graphic Organizers: Power Tools for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 

I think you may find these tools useful. 


Kathy Tracey




taymans's picture

If you are interested in a graphic organizer for writing check out the Framing Routine -