Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

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Instructor: Elizabeth Kroll

Elizabeth has taught English and has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

In this lesson, delve into the world of graphic organizers and gain an understanding of the definition and varieties. You'll also view examples of how they can be applied to foster a myriad of educational objectives.

Purpose of Graphic Organizers

Visual aids are everywhere today. Take, for example, the smart phone in your pocket or purse - it allows the user to organize applications in a user-friendly manner. Your style of organization depends on your usage. Similar to the organization of our apps, graphic organizers afford students the opportunities to transform information, ideas, and concepts in a visual way.

Graphic organizers help students organize ideas, see relationships, and retain information. Visual representations can be used in all disciplines and are quite flexible in their application. How graphic organizers are used depends on the objective. For example, a CEO of a company might organize their smart phone much differently than a college freshman. They both might have similar applications, but their usage of these apps can be vastly different.

Many organizers have more than one purpose. Much like our example of applications, these organizers can fall into more than one category depending on their usage. Additionally, graphic organizer options continually change with growing technology. Let's look at some different examples of organizers.

Examples of Graphic Organizers

The first type of organizer is sequencing or flow charts. One example of a flow chart is a timeline. These types of charts allow students to organize information chronologically, linearly, or in a cyclical fashion.

Another type of organizer is a compare and contrast organizer. These organizers highlight differences and similarities in objects, texts, character, etc. Examples of compare and contrast organizers include Venn diagrams, matrix, and T notes. In a Venn diagram, the similarities go in the sections that overlap, and the differences go in the sections that do not overlap.

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