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Advance Graphic Organizer


Advance graphic organizers link prior knowledge to upcoming learning to help students anticipate and understand the structure of new information. Using advance graphic organizers, such as Know/Want-to-Know/Learned (KWL), can help students learn content and skills more deeply by connecting their Working and Long-term Memories.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch as this high school teacher explains how she uses a KWL chart as formative assessment to gauge her students' Background Knowledge and the effectiveness of her lesson.

  • Starting a new reading by connecting it with prior knowledge helps learners activate their Background Knowledge. Teachers can provide visuals for students to organize their knowledge to see how new information connects, to notice patterns in what they learn, and to predict new connections. Additionally, using an advance graphic organizer prior to writing explicitly shows different ways to structure a text and reduces Working Memory load as students write.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how advance organizer products like Mindomo allow learners to create visual organizers. As learners explore new topics through mind mapping, they are able to organize and connect new material to what they have previously learned

  • Developers can provide tools that allow students to make their own graphic organizers. By creating a visual tool, learners consider patterns and connections even more deeply as they apply their Background Knowledge and practice their Inferencing.
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