Graphic Organizers

Here are 15 graphic organizers that can be used for many different subject areas and grade levels. Feel free to make a copy of any of them and adapt them for your own use:

Venn diagram
KWL chart
Evaluation chart
Cause and effect chain
Fishbone planner
Word web-semantic map
Flow chart
Hexagonal thinking
Character map
Cornell note-taking
Plot diagram
Vocabulary cluster
Vocabulary concept map
Think about your thinking

Venn diagram: Lets students write similarities and differences on a topic.

KWL: Lets students list: what I know, what I want to know, what I have learned.

Timeline: Lets students plot dates and events over a specified time period.

Evaluation: Lets students identify criteria, explain whether it was successful and why, and provide evidence.

Cause and effect chain: Lets students identify actions that caused other actions and their effects.

Fishbone planner: Lets students list advantages and disadvantages of a topic.

Word web / semantic map: Lets students branch ideas out from a main topic into subtopics.

Flow chart: Lets students display the linear relationship among several things.

Hexagonal thinking: Lets students connect ideas with multiple contact points. I

Character map: Lets students list important information about a character, like what the character says and what the student thinks of the character.

Cornell note-taking: Lets students list main points and evidence, details and location.

Plot diagram: Lets students show how a plot builds, climaxes and resolves.

Vocabulary cluster: Lets students identify synonyms, antonyms and related words to a specific word.

Vocabulary concept map: Lets students make connections to other words from a specific vocabulary term.

Think about your thinking: Helps students think through their decisions and how they arrived at their conclusions.

Frayer Model : Provides a framework for thorough understanding of new words.