Examples of Visual Organizers
Visual organizers are simply drawings or formats used to represent information and to show relationships between ideas. Tables, charts, graphs, timelines, flowcharts, diagrams, and webs are all visual organizers.
The purpose of using visual organizers is to help you to think more critically and at higher levels of cognition than if you only focused on reading your text and taking notes in class. They help you to process the information at higher levels of comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. By thinking about and organizing information in this way, you help yourself to better understand and to recall the information.
Example: Time line
To summarize and show the major events that led up to the Revolutionary War, you might choose a time line.
The following table shows how some of the most common visual organizers can be used for different types of conceptual relationships.
Graphing Various Types of Conceptual Relationships
From: "Learning across the curriculum with creative graphing", by Linda Lee Johnson, The Reading Teacher, International Reading Association, 1990.
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