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Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Examples For Reading

Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees.

I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on reading.  Although I found several, I felt that my collection could be more complete.

With that in mind, I searched rather thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them.  Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for writing, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of literature and reading.

The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading.


Character Webs

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The following webs focus on the literary techniques of characterization.

Although the screenshots you will see here have been reduced in size and somewhat in clarity, I think you'll be able to see the main headers, subheaders, and overall design fairly well.


Responding to Literature Forms

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All of the forms in this section are designed to elicit subjective responses from student readers. Additionally, a couple of them require students to do some record-keeping.


Reading Analysis Organizers

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These organizers require readers to make connections with the text.

The focus here is on predicting outcomes, observing literary devices, summarizing, determining cause-and-effect relationships, understanding themes, and comparing and contrasting stories.


Story Maps

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These story maps pictorially illustrate the elements of fiction and the sequence of plot. They all focus on setting, characters, conflict, complication, and resolution.


Cognitive Bookmarks

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These bookmarks encourage kids to think about and write about what they are reading as they read.

There are 3 to 4 bookmarks per sheet designed specifically for realistic fiction, historical fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

The last two work very well for readers of nonfiction. Here are those cognitive bookmarks:



Here's a closer look at four of those bookmarks from the slideshow above:


Instructional Webs

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Although limited in number, these webs offer specific definitions and instruction designed to teach various aspects of reading. If these are fairly well received, I would be happy to design more of these in the near future.

Let me know what you think.


Customizable Graphic Organizers

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These organizers are customizable--you may type in the headers, subheaders, directions, and instructional material that best suit your needs.

I've included these because sometimes predesigned forms are not entirely appropriate for the task at hand.

This way, if you have a particular book title or a particular main topic that you want to appear in the organizer, you can go right ahead and type it in.

Each customizable organizer displays areas shaded in blue--these are the areas that you may type what you wish.

Additionally, when the mouse pointer passes over each of these shaded areas, a tool tip will pop up briefly, as you see in the yellow box here:



Here are the other 17 customizable graphic organizers. The original completed organizer appears on the left side of each slide, and its customizable version appears on the right.



Once again, if these are fairly well received, I would be happy to design more of them in the near future.

Let me know what you think.

Free Download

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The following 10 graphic organizers (reduced in size here to fit the slideshow) are available for immediate download.



You may download them completely free of charge here.

If you would like these 10 organizers PLUS the other 40 presented on this page, you may want to download the 50 READERizers Collection.

This collection includes ALL 50 PDF graphic organizers for teaching literature and reading as seen above on this page. Whether you use Windows or Mac, these PDF organizers are ready to print!

And, as I mentioned back in the introduction, if you like these, I’ve got a strong feeling that you’ll also like 50 More READERizers—the newer sibling of this collection.

Conclusion

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I would imagine that most of the graphic organizers presented on this page would be suitable for any grade level. I deliberately left out the graphic images on the customizable organizers simply because I don't know what grade level you teach. free graphic organizers
For example, I don't think seniors in high school would appreciate the presence of a cartoon bookworm on their worksheets as much as grade school or middle school kids would. free graphic organizers
Although earlier versions of Adobe's PDF software included a provision for end users to import and add their own graphics, the most recent version does not. free graphic organizers

I am acutely aware of the fact that many more types of graphic organizers for teaching literature and reading could be designed and created.

Tell me what you need.

Finally, as I mentioned in the Introduction of my Language Arts Graphic Organizers page, kids just seem to GET IT better when they have a means of visually and pictorially organizing their thoughts.

The "lights" in their eyes just seem to burn more brightly . . .
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Best wishes to you and your kids. free graphic organizers

And, let the lights shine on.

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 As with any genre of writing it is important to grab the reader’s attention from the outset, and discussion texts are no different. Fortunately, there are a number of tried and tested methods of achieving this. Here are a few that may be suitable openers for your students’ discussion writing:

●     open with a quotation relevant to the topic being addressed. A well-chosen quotation can grab the attention of even the most distracted of reader and compel them to read more!

●     a surprising fact is another great way to grab the reader’s attention and illuminate the topic that is to be discussed. Not only is it engaging, but informative too!

●     a joke. Everyone loves a laugh and a joke can provide an excellent in to the student’s writing. But, encourage your students to be careful here, the suitability of a humorous opening will largely depend on the topic being discussed. As jokes may not always be appropriate to the material they must be used wisely.

The Arguments

In writing a balanced argument, it is important that students consider the positive and negatives of the issue. The body of the text should be focused on presenting the pros and cons, the for and against arguments, relating to the central issue. This is why the oral starter activities can be so useful as pre-writing exercises.

After the student has laid out the topic in their introduction by providing the necessary background information, it is time for the student to consider laying out the case for the argument.

The use of time connectives is a great way for students to organize their information. Adverbs of time, such as firstly, secondly, next, then etc and phrases such as, in addition to, therefore etc can be a great help for students to structure their information chronologically and coherently.

Depending on the length of the text, it is normally recommended that each paragraph consists of a single point. It is important to remind students that in the presentation of a balanced argument they should not express their own bias, or even their own point of view, rather they are laying out both sides of the argument for the reader and should give equal weight to each point of view. When exploring each point, whether for or against, the PEE method can be a helpful way to aid students in structuring their paragraphs and to give their arguments direction:

P = Point (Student makes their point at the beginning of the paragraph)

E = Evidence (Student provides evidence that underpins this point)

E =Explain (Student explores point further and ties back to the central issue)

When the student has considered each of their points for the argument, for example three separate paragraphs each making three separate points for the argument, it is now time to consider, and do the same for, the argument against. The purpose here is to set up an opposition to the previously made points; to offer the other side of the story.

Encourage students here to use words and phrases that set up this contrast, for example, however, contrastingly, on the other hand, etc. Displaying these words and phrases in a word bank can also be a great way to help weaker students to organize their writing.

Conclusion

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