Tools for Thought: Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

Dozens of graphic organizers and a hundred ways to use them! Jim's prepared a workbook that's a real workhorse, providing tools to spark student thinking that are both intriguing and precise-and applicable to grades 6 to 12 in all subject areas. These tools range from annotations and literature circle notes to Venn diagrams and vocabulary squares. Each comes as a reproducible accompanied by:

  • background information and theoretical foundations
  • different ways to use each tool to help students read, write, speak, and think better
  • a range of note-taking strategies to help students succeed in all academic classes
  • student samples, including many from Jim's ACCESS (Academic Success) program for struggling students who want to succeed.

In addition, three documents help you choose "the right tool for the job." Use Jim's suggestions to help students take better notes and improve their critical thinking. Or use his visual directory to quickly evaluate what you need for an assignment. Tools for Thought works across the spectrum-helping students with learning differences, assisting struggling readers and writers, challenging students in advanced classes.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
This is a must-read for middle school and high school teachers. Burke, a high school English teacher, has received numerous awards for his teaching and educational writing. One look at his book—chock-full of graphic organizers and rich with examples of how they could be used in various subject areas to improve reading, thinking, writing—and you will see why. First of all, the book is beautifully laid out with the classroom teacher's needs in mind, from beginning (with an opening section on "How to Use This Book" and a "visual directory" with thumbnail sketches of all 24 graphic organizers for ready reference) to end (where there is an extensive bibliography, a complete index, and—best of all—43 pages of reproducible graphic organizers for classroom use). The absorbing pages in between offer a delightful glimpse into what Burke's classroom is like. Each chapter begins with a description of the strategy and a helpful bulleted listing of standards, subject areas, and uses. Excellent teacher that he is, Burke then walks his reader through how he introduces the organizer to students and offers several models of student-completed organizers. Among the (over 40) figures and suggestions are sample annotated newspaper articles, conversational round-table notes and literature circle sheets for literature discussion, spreadsheet notes on a world studies reading, specific ideas for how to use decision trees in science classes, and suggestions on how to use "Thinking in Threes" notes to stimulate critical thinking in any discipline. Simply put, Burke's book is exciting. This reviewer could barely wait to try out some of the strategies in her sixth-grade classroom (with wonderful results) and plans totrumpet Tools for Thought at an upcoming workshop presentation on reading strategies for middle school content area teachers. KLIATT Codes: P*—Exceptional book. 2002, Heinemann, 184p. illus. index., . Ages adult.
— Gloria Levine Bryant
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004648
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 292,698
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling Heinemann titles, including the English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition and What's the Big Idea? The question he's always tried to answer is "How can we teach our students better?" He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. Facing the same constraints and challenges as every other teacher, Jim shares his creative solutions in bestselling professional titles with Heinemann such as Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders as well as through Heinemann Professional Development Services. As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as "the world's largest English department" and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website (www.englishcompanion.com) and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community. Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series. Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards. Through his work in the class and on such commissions, Jim Burke seeks not only to clarify but reimagine what English should be, honoring the past even as he works with others to create the future of the discipline he loves so much. Visit his website (www.englishcompanion.com) for more information.
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric

Toolbox: Visual Directory of the Tools

Making Effective and Efficient Notes

Introduction: Tools for Thought

The Tools

Annotations

Conversational Roundtable

Decision Tree

Episodic Notes

Idea Cards

Interactive Notes

Linear Array

Literature Circle Notes

Outline Notes

Pyramid Notes

Q Notes

Questions

Reporter's Notes

Sensory Notes

Spreadsheet Notes

Story Notes

Summary Notes

Summary Sheet

Synthesis Notes

T Notes

Target Notes

Think in Threes

Time Line Notes

Venn Diagrams

Visual Explanations

Vocabulary Squares

Appendixes:

Bibliography

Designing Standards-Based Instruction

Continuum Creator

Reproducible Tools for Classroom Use

Reading: Think About It! (1)

Reading: Think About It! (2)

Bookmark: Character Card

Bookmark: Core Skills

Bookmark: Reading: Think About It! A

Bookmark: Reading: Think About It! B

Bookmark: Literature Circle Roles A

Bookmark: Literature Circle Roles B

Conversational Roundtable

Decision Tree

Episodic Notes (Three-Square)

Episodic Notes (Six-Square)

Idea Cards

Interactive Notes

Linear Array

Literature Circle Notes: Overview of the Roles

Literature Circle Notes: Discussion Director

Literature Circle Notes: Illuminator

Literature Circle Notes: Illustrator

Literature Circle Notes: Connector

Literature Circle Notes: Word Watcher

Literature Circle Notes: Summarizer

Outline Notes

Speech Outline Notes

Pyramid Notes

Cornell Notes

Q Notes

Reporter's Notes

Sensory Notes

Spreadsheet Notes (Three-Column)

Spreadsheet Notes (Four-Column)

Spreadsheet Notes (Multi-Column)

Character Directory

Story Notes

Plot Notes

Summary Notes

Summary Sheet

Synthesis Notes

T Notes

Target Notes

Think in Threes

Time Line Notes

Venn Diagram (Two-Domain)

Venn Diagram (Three-Domain)

Vocabulary Squares

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