Six Organizers at a Glance

Organizing Information is a type of analytical reading. Based on the writing prompt or learning objective, students reread sections of a text and make decisions about how to organize the essential ideas in a text.

To do this independently, students must learn to identify patterns or relationships in a text and represent that information in a graphical way. Students can use the Six Organizers at a Glance to select a graphic organizer that will help them organize the information in a text. Once selected, the organizer can be drawn or created by folding paper into the shape of the organizer.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 5

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: First called advanced organizers, thought to originate with Ausubel's work on cognitive theory and meaningful learning (1960) and then further developed by Richard Barron in 1969 (Manoli and Papadopoulou 2012).

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Six Organizers at a Glance Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

3-Column Organizer
2-Column Organizer
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Practice skills in all subjects

Cause and Effect
Four Square Organizer
Problem and Solution
Compare and Contrast
WH Organizer
Cut N' Fold

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital resources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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