I've used graphic organizers since I first started teaching years ago, and while the organizers have evolved over time, they are still a very powerful tool. From the simple T-chart to image graphics to acronym-based pages, students have learned to utilize the organizers to help them better grasp the content and as a powerful tool for study.
Graphic organizers can also help students become better organizers. While I started off having students cut and paste organizers into their notebooks, I eventually switched to drawing out the model on the board to save paper or simply printing whole page organizers to serve as the day's recording tool. As students add these pages to their notebooks in the order they are assigned, it helps them learn the value of organization!
So, here are a few of my favorites:
SPRITE is my all time favorite for all of my Social Studies classes. Here's my Freebie that includes the organizer and a great description page for students.
Be sure to also take a look at my SPRITE series with complete text readings.
My BRAGS organizer is a handy tool for all content reading and
informational text analysis.
Face-Off is a super strategy for perspective comparison.
PERSIA is another great category sorter.
Annotated Timelines are incredible for recording information and
setting up a series of events.
And there are so many more, like Cause and Effect Charts, Voice Bubbles, Webs, and Maps, but these are my favorites for the secondary classroom.
What are your favorite graphic organizers for your students?