Graphic Organizers are one of the key components of sound Social Studies instruction – but why? And how do you choose the right one to get the job done? For me, a great graphic organizer is what ties the lesson together – it is evidence of instruction and of thinking. The choices for graphic organizers are endless, but if you really want a tight lesson, you need to make a choice for your graphic organizer.
For example, let’s say you are teaching a lesson on the causes of the Civil War. What type of graphic organizer would you use for this complex topic? Are you teaching the difference between the economies of the North and South? Then try one of these types of Venn diagram:
Here are two different concrete examples of a Double Bubble: