A Guide to Graphic Organizers: Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning / Edition 2

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Offers teachers of all grade levels and content areas ready-to-use graphic organizers with guidelines for supporting cooperative learning groups, strengthening students' thinking processes, and developing effective assessments.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Jo Johnson
"An excellent aid in teaching students to gather data systematically and process data in an organized way, developing critical thinking skills and actively engaged learners."
Robin Fogarty
"Seeing 'exactly and explicitly' what students are saying by creating a mindful rendering of thinking with these graphic tools is at the heart of this extensive work. K-12 teachers will applaud this effort as they use these graphic organizers in rich and relevant instructional activities."
California Bookwatch
"These worksheets and applications cross grade levels from elementary to middle school on up. An outstanding survey highly recommended for any college-level education library or collection catering to practicing teachers."
Education Libraries
"The diagram are clearly done, and the overall layout of the book is very accessible. Teachers can make good use of the book for its collection of clear graphic organizer masters."
Curriculum Connections
"The importance of visual aids in nurturing lifelong learning is a central theme of this book, which focuses on building skilled thinking."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412953009
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bellanca founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than a dozen author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use of strategic teaching and comprehensive professional development. Prior to meta-analyses that marked the effectiveness of cooperative learning, graphic organizers, and other cognitive strategies on student achievement, Bellanca coauthored more than a dozen texts that advocated the application of these tools across the curriculum, with the theme, “not just for the test but for a lifetime of learning.” Currently, Bellanca is building on the theories of cognitive psychologist Reuven Feuerstein to develop more effective responses to the learning needs of low-performing students whose academic achievement continues to lag behind those who have greater learning advantages.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. KWL
2. Web
3. Sequence Chart
4. Starburst
5. Gathering Grid
6. 5+1 Newspaper
7. Jigsaw
8. Ranking Ladder
9. Scale
10. PMI
11. Venn Diagram
12. Spider Map
13. Classification Grid
14. Agree-Disagree Chart
15. Prediction Tree
16. Decision Maker's Flow Chart
17. Concept Map
18. Fishbone Analyzer
19. Problem-Solving Chart
20. Two-Way Thinking Tower
21. Classification Flow Chart
22. Right Angle
23. Inference Funnel
24. What?s the Big Idea?
25. Invent Your Own Graphic Organizer
26. Graphic Organizers: Tools for Lifelong Thinking and Learning
27. Skillful Thinking Is Not an Accident
28. Promoting Students' Thinking About Their Thinking
29. Developing the Quality of Student Thinking
30. Using Graphic Organizers With Learning Groups
31. The Multiple Uses of Graphic Organizers in Assessment
32. No Child Left Behind and Research
Appendix: Electronic Resources
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