Advance Organizer: Examples & Concept

Instructor: Mary Firestone
Learn what advance organizers are, and find out about the different ways you can apply them in the classroom. Read the lesson, and then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

Advance Organizer

An advance organizer is a type of instructional preparation that links previously learned or known material to a new lesson. Usually the new material is at a more advanced level of the same subject. Familiar terms and concepts are re-introduced and applied again, but at a higher level.


Advance organizers can be applied in different ways. For example:

  • New material can be described using familiar terms
  • Material can be introduced in the form of a story, using familiar terms
  • Students can individually skim previously learned material before moving onto the new material
  • Students can use graphic organizers to make visual connections between what they've learned previously and the new material.

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