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News | August 17, 2011

Revised Graphic Organizers Make Mapping Out Ideas Easy—and Savable!


Recently revised, three online interactive graphic organizers help students map out their writing ideas or organize information they have learned. Students can now begin their research, fill in parts of their map, save, and then return later to continue working. Finished maps can still be printed but can also be saved and e-mailed.

Try the new save capability with your students using any one of these interactive mapping tools.

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Students often have trouble getting started when asked to write an essay. The interactive Essay Map is a graphic organizer that helps students develop an outline first. This outline includes an introductory statement, the main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas.

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You can’t compare apples to oranges. Well, maybe you can! In the Compare & Contrast Map, students compare two items to explore how they are similar and how they are different. This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point.

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Still need some convincing? Try the interactive Persuasion Map, which helps students learn how to prepare a compelling argument for a debate or a persuasive essay. Students begin by determining their goal or thesis, and then they identify three reasons to support their argument and three facts or examples to validate each reason.

For a short tutorial on how to use the new save capability in select Student Interactives, see ReadWriteThink ReView: Saving Work With the Student Interactives.