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Reading Apprenticeship and RATs: Graphic Organizers

This guide is to support RTC's RATs (Reading Apprenticeship Teachers and supporters) in improving student reading comprehension in content-areas with the use of WestEd's Reading Apprenticeship framework. RTC-RATs.org is now being redirected to this site.

Graphic Organizers - Definition and Use

Thinking can be expressed in many ways - including visually using graphic representations of information. Graphic organizers can help students organize their thinking and can help instructors "see" what their students are thining and understanding - or not understanding. 

Graphic organizers can help in brainstorming, collecting or organizing data, increasing understanding, reinforcing comprehension, analyzing and interpreting information and planning projects.  Graphic organizers can be used to show sequences and time lines, compare and contrast, character/story organization, cause and effect, concepts and processes, hierachical relationships and more.

RTC Library Materials

Below are some materials available from the RTC Library on the topic of Graphic Organizers. Click on the title to access more info about the item from the RTC Library's Online Catalog.

Websites about Graphic Organizers