Graphic Organizers for Educators

Prerequisites

1. Basic computer file management knowledge: Opening, saving and uploading files; creating folders, etc.
2. Knowledge of copying and pasting pictures from the Internet
3. Word processing or skills including the use of SmartArt and/ or graphics recommended
Note: This course will not provide step-by-step instructions on using SmartArt or tables. Ideas for graphic organizers will be provided and then teachers are expected to use the time to create their own custom designs using the technology of their choice.

Materials

1. Word Processing Software
2. Adobe Reader 11.1.01 or later
You can download this application for free at Adobe.com/downloads

Professional Learning Objectives

Teachers will…
1. Using course text and guided instruction, learners will research and analyze effective brainstorming and fact-storming graphic organizers to help students organize ideas as a pre-writing exercise with 100% completion.
2. Using course text and guided instruction, learners will create and compare organizational tools such as the Vocabulary Notebook and Word Chart to see which tool is more effective and how to integrate it to enhance student reading comprehension, with 100% completion.
3. Using course text and guided instruction, learners will develop an assessment graphic organizer to objectively assess student work, with 100% completion.
4. Using course text and guided instruction, learners will utilize all skills in creating 2 custom graphic organizers to implement with their students in class. Teachers will also integrate a subject matter of their choice and integrate a combination of the most effective organizers that will work for their students, with 100% completion.
5. Using course text and guided instruction, learners will provide a written explanation on how the custom graphic organizers will support their students’ learning goals with 100% completion.

Common Core Standards

• CCSS.ELA 1.1 Foundational Skills (PreK-5)
• CCSS.ELA 1-8.2 Reading Informational Text
• CCSS.ELA 1-8.3 Reading Literature
• CCSS.ELA 1-8.4 Writing

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