What are graphic organizers?
Graphic organizers are visual representation of knowledge that structures information by arranging important aspects of a concept or topic into a pattern using labels (Bromley, DeVitis & Modlo, 1999).
What are the benefits of graphic organizers?
Benefits to students:
understand the concept of part to whole
clarify and organize ideas
recognize and assimilate different point of view
Benefits to teachers:
show and explain relationships between and among content
make your lesson interactive
help visual learners to acquire information more easily
assist students in pre-writing techniques
assess what students know
Some common graphic organizers used in ESL classroom
The Venn diagram: to compare and contrast two or more things
Time line: to show a sequence of events
Sequence chart: to describe a sequence of events or orders in a process
K-W-H-L chart: to make students identify their prior knowledge and let them set their own targets and means of learning