When you are thinking about an essay or ‘processing it in your head’, ideas can come rapidly and randomly. When you’re planning your writing assignment you need to put your ideas in a logical order so that your intended reader can follow your thinking.
An organizer helps you as well. It serves as a map that keeps you on track and demonstrates to your reader that there is an overall order to your ideas.
Watch this video to learn more about types of graphic organizers and when they are useful. You can also download the How to Use Graphic Organizers Video Transcript .
There are two types of essay outlines:
All outlines should include an introduction, a body, and, a conclusion. Below is a brief summary of the different parts:
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Graphic organizers are great tools for learners who have strong visual preferences or who have strong visual memories. While we are treating them as pre-writing tools, they also make good note-taking templates for the right type of learner, since they help a reader to consolidate print-heavy information from another source— for example, a textbook— into a visual format.
The type of graphic organizer that you use will depend on what you want to do. You can use an organizer for the following reasons:
Brainstorming is the process of creative thinking to generate ideas. Mind maps or cluster diagrams are useful tools for brainstorming. They can help you branch out from an idea or subject to related ideas or components of a subject.
Mind mapping websites:
Comparing and contrasting two or more things can help you better understand ideas. This technique involves examining how things are similar and how they differ from each other. Examples of graphic organizers for brainstorming are Matrix diagrams and Venn diagrams.
The Matrix Organizer helps you to organize your research findings based on similar points of comparison, and enables you to note significant differences.
The Venn diagram uses overlapping circles to categorize the similarities and differences of two or more things, such as two articles on the same subject.
Using a graphic organizer can help you analyze the causes of events or solutions to problems. The Fishbone Diagram can be used to organize writing tasks that focus on cause and effect (with the cause above and the effect below) or a problem and solution.
Watch this video to learn how to break down complex topics using concept mapping. You can also download the How to Use Concept Mapping Video Transcript.