A Guide to Graphic Organizers
Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning
- James Bellanca - International Renewal Institute
School Counselling | Thinking Skills
"Creating a mindful rendering of student thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K–12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."
—Robin Fogarty, Educational Consultant and Author
"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather and process data systematically, develop critical thinking skills, and become actively engaged learners."
—Mary Jo Johnson, Educational Evaluator, North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC
Help students organize their thinking, process content, and work cooperatively!
Graphic organizers are effective, research-validated tools for supporting student achievement, promoting students' higher-level thinking, and strengthening learners' visual and metacognitive skills.
In this combined update of The Cooperative Think Tank I and II, James Bellanca offers teachers a collection of 24 ready-to-use graphic organizers to enhance student learning across subject areas and grade levels. Presenting each graphic organizer in its own chapter, the author includes lessons for introducing these engaging learning tools to students and offers tips for maximizing their positive learning effects.
Revised with current research, new graphic organizers, and a streamlined format, this edition also provides guidelines for using graphic organizers to:
- Support cooperative learning groups
- Help students process content
- Effectively assess students' understanding of concepts
For novice teachers or seasoned veterans, Bellanca's extensive collection is the ideal guide to help you integrate graphic organizers into daily instruction.
"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather data systematically and process data in an organized way, developing critical thinking skills and actively engaged learners."
"Seeing 'exactly and explicitly' what students are saying by creating a mindful rendering of thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K-12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."
"These worksheets and applications cross grade levels from elementary to middle school on up. An outstanding survey highly recommended for any college-level education library or collection catering to practicing teachers."
"The diagram are clearly done, and the overall layout of the book is very accessible. Teachers can make good use of the book for its collection of clear graphic organizer masters."
"The importance of visual aids in nurturing lifelong learning is a central theme of this book, which focuses on building skilled thinking."