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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470502428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470502426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 Reproducible Organizers that Help Kids with Reading, Writing, and the Content Areas

Research has shown that visually organizing information helps students better comprehend newly acquired material. Graphic organizers create a strong visual picture for students and support their ability to learn facts, information, and terms. Students are literally able to see connections and relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

In this value-packed resource, veteran educator Katherine McKnight shows teachers how to tap into the power of graphic organizers, and offers 100 organizers—more than any other book on the market—that support success in the classroom. All the graphic organizers offered in this book promote active learning, which is central to effective learning. Using the organizers as guides, students are prompted to ask questions and are encouraged to apply critical thinking skills. The book's graphic organizers help teachers

  • Support teaching and student comprehension in learning new material

  • Develop vibrant curriculum plans

  • Assess classroom achievement

  • Build students' learning skills

The book is filled with dynamic graphic organizers that can be used before, during, and after learning activities across the content areas and contains easy-to-follow instructions on how to apply and adapt each organizer. In addition, the author has included helpful strategies for teachers who want to create their own graphic organizers for different grade levels.

About the Author

Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D., has been an educator for over 20 years. A former high school English teacher, she currently works as associate professor of Secondary Education at National-Louis University. She also trains educators regularly as a professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, and presents at educational conferences. She is the coauthor of The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom, and Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom.

More About the Author

Katie is a former middle and high school teacher for ten years who went on to receive her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading, Writing, and Literacy. Currently, she is associate professor in secondary education at National-Louis University and is also an onsite consultant for The National Council of Teachers of English. http://www.ncte.org/consultants/mcknight

Katie regularly presents at local and national conferences, and publishes in education journals. Her book Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies and Skills for All Students, focuses on creating a rigorous writing program that meets the needs of all students. In addition, Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom: Reader Response Activities to Engage All Learners was published last October and addresses strategies for teaching the classics in the inclusive classrooms in the high school. Her most recent book, The Second City Guide to Improvisation in the Classroom, was published in May, 2008.


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This book is a great resource for high school teachers in any subject area.
Kristen Jackson
For a teacher who has not used many graphic organizers in her own classroom, seeing how students would use them gave me so many new and exciting ideas!
Rachel J
I have read and used various methods and materials from Dr. Mcknight throughout my teaching.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Tocci on June 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a secondary social studies education professor that has spent the last decade teaching, research, and working in low performing city high schools. Over that time, I don't know how much time I've spent "reinventing the wheel," either trying to imagine a good graphic organizer, recreating one I had seen a hard copy of, or searching the internet for good quality adaptable version. But the "Big Book" brings together so many good organizers, collects them into chapters by their best function, and offers easily reproducible formats. This book has already found a spot in my courses, both for my own use as well as a resource for my pre-service candidates. I highly recommend this book for all middle an high school teachers as well as teacher educators.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Penny on July 31, 2010
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As a homeschooling parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I am excited as I flip through the pages of this book and see the possibilities. McKnight has turned so many "invisible" concepts in to CONCRETE VISUALS for *any* learner, and in my opinion, students of a broader age/grade range that the author recommends.

Some of the pages are familiar to us. The Venn Diagram, for example. Many are new to me, and are quite creative. I really like the way a concept is broken down into parts and visually arranged on a page, adding a rich element, something tangible, that is missed with a verbal description, alone.

Each of the 100 graphic organizers is presented over two pages, with one page offering a grade range (which is 4-12; 5-12; or 6-12 in the book, but I can see many uses for my child who is working at lower grade levels); a meter that lets the user know whether each organizer is easy, medium, or hard; a list of subject areas to use with each organizer; a list of what skills and functions the students will practice and develop with each organizer; and finally, a copy of a completed page with examples of "tips for classrooom implementation".

For all students, but especially for a student in the autism spectrum, there are quite a few pages that visually scaffold steps to inferencing, to perspective taking, to visualization, to predicting, to using prior knowledge.

For a visually-impaired student or a student with fine-motor challenges (which make staying within the lines difficult), I would consider raising the lines on the pages by adding a "bead" of liquid white glue and allowing it to dry prior to using a page with that student.

This is a book that every homeschool parent, every school-building school teacher, every special ed teacher would be able to use. I imagine even church staff would appreciate this book for Bible studies with students of all ages.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Gorr on June 15, 2010
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I love this book!
I am a junior high teacher who teaches Literature and Grammar/Writing/Vocabulary seperately to both 7th and 8th graders, and these graphic organizers are fantastic!! The "tips for classroom implementation" are really helpful, and I love the spedometer that rates the difficulty of each aid!!! All the graphic organizers in chapter 3 on Vocabulary development are GREAT supplementals for my curriculum, and the entire book is like that!! Dr. McKnight truly understands what it's like for the teachers "in the trenches" every day... so many of these authors are too far removed from the every day "in's and out's" of the classroom, but not Dr. McKnight!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia E. Downes VINE VOICE on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
A graphic organizer is a visual learner's best friend. It helps students organize data, remember facts, and explain concepts.

If you have a student who learns best from reading charts and graphs, I highly recommend The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers published by Jossey-Bass. Included are 100 reproducible organizers for all subject areas.

For instance, the Carousel Brainstorm organizer helps students create a book report by filling in boxes of information. After the boxes are complete, they can take this information and easily write their final report. The report can be on the book itself or the topic discussed in the book, whether it be literature, history, science, or any other subject.

The Hypothesis Guide helps students visualize the scientific method. Students are directed step-by-step through the process from asking a question, writing down what they know, proposing a hypothesis, documenting the lab process and results, and preparing a conclusion.

The Six Column Vocabulary Organizer is a great tool to help students learn new vocabulary words. The student charts the definition, part of speech, synonym, antonym, and even draws a picture or icon to represent the word.

I love the writing organizers, which include a writer's checklist, sensory starter (helps them add sensory details to their writing), character creator, and story map (helps with plotting). There's also an organizer that focuses on persuasive writing.

Whether you teach in a classroom or at home, The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers is a tool you should not do without.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel J on June 25, 2010
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What I loved about this book was that each graphic organizer came with examples of student work so a teacher would be able to visualize how to use the organizer effectively. For a teacher who has not used many graphic organizers in her own classroom, seeing how students would use them gave me so many new and exciting ideas!
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