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What is a Graphic Organizer?

A graphic organizer is a tool or framework that allows you to collect, relate, and/or present information visually. They can take many forms, and include favorites such as the Venn diagram, story webs, and concept maps. Information presented in an easy-to-read format can enhance thinking, spark new ideas, and maintain focus on the topic or task at hand. A graphic organizer is intended to provide structure to ideas or concepts, making it easy to collect or add information. Once completed, it serves as a presentation or study model.

Types of Graphic Organizers on Storyboard That

Storyboard That has designed versatile layouts for you to use for creating amazing storyboards and comic strips. Make your graphic organizer template custom for your lesson, by adding guidelines for your students and even the amount of cells you want them to use!!

Take a look at the graphic organizer layouts Storyboard That offers!


Changing your storyboard layout within the Storyboard Creator is simple:

  1. Click on "Storyboard Layout" at the bottom of the Storyboard Creator. A pop-up window will appear.
  2. Click on the image of your desired layout.
  3. The pop-up window will automatically close after you have made a selection.

Storyboard That Layouts

Layout Image Best For Not Ideal For
Storyboard Template: Traditional Storyboard Layout
  • Presenting Information without a Hierarchy
T-Chart Layout -Compare and contrast - cause and effect graphic organizer
  • Sequencing
  • Vocabulary
Grid Layout - Compare and Contrast graphic organizer
  • Brainstorming
Frayer Model
Frayer Model template - Classic Graphic Organizer storyboard
  • Linear Narratives
  • Sequencing
Spider Map
Spider Map - spider diagram - mind map template
  • Linear Narratives
  • Changes Over Time
Timeline Layout - Timeline maker graphic organizer
  • Examples of a Central Topic
  • Character Map
16x9 storyboard template for film, movies and commercials
  • Presenting Information without a hierarchy
Cycle Map graphic organizer with 6 Cells
  • Vocabulary
  • Character Map
Matrix Layout - Compare and Contrast graphic organizer
  • Brainstorming
  • Sequencing
  • Vocabulary
  • Large Scale Diagrams
  • Presentations
  • Wall Decorations
  • Letter Size (8.5" x 11")

There are many ways to use Storyboard That's various layouts beyond just making a graphic organizer template! Check out our other graphic organizer articles for more in-depth information and ideas.

Related Activities

Check out these graphic organizer examples from our guides on Life Cycle of a Star, Ancient Greece, and Canadian History.

How to Choose a Graphic Organizer for Group Work in a Collaborative Classroom Activity


Determine the Learning Objective

The first step in choosing a graphic organizer is to identify the learning objective for the collaborative activity. What do you want your students to achieve by working together, and what kind of graphic organizer will best support this goal?


Consider Group Dynamics

Think about the size and composition of the groups, as well as the students' individual strengths and weaknesses. For example, if some students are visual learners and others are more verbal, you might choose a graphic organizer that incorporates both text and images.


Choose a Format

Based on the learning objective and group dynamics, select a format for the graphic organizer. There are many different types of graphic organizers to choose from, including mind maps, Venn diagrams, flow charts, and concept maps.


Plan the Activity

Once you have selected a graphic organizer format, plan the group activity and how the graphic organizer will be used. Will each group work on a single graphic organizer or will they combine their ideas into a larger one? Will they present their work to the class or discuss their findings within their group?


Provide Guidance and Support

Be sure to provide your students with clear instructions on how to use the graphic organizer and how it relates to the learning objective. Offer guidance and support as needed to ensure that all students understand the purpose of the activity and how to use the graphic organizer effectively.


Evaluate the Results

After the activity is complete, evaluate the results to determine whether the graphic organizer was effective in achieving the learning objective. Did the students work well together? Did they understand how to use the graphic organizer? Did they achieve the learning objective? Use this evaluation to refine your approach to using graphic organizers in future group work activities.

Frequently Asked Questions about Types of Graphic Organizers

What are graphic organizers?

Graphic organizers are a type of visual tool that can help individuals organize, process, and understand the information in a more effective way. They typically use diagrams, charts, or other visual elements to represent relationships, concepts, or ideas, which can make complex information easier to understand and remember.

How can graphic organizers be used in the classroom?

Graphic organizers can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. They can help students to organize and understand information, brainstorm ideas, analyze texts, and plan writing assignments. They are versatile tools that can be used in a wide range of subjects to support student learning and engagement.

Can graphic organizers be used to teach critical thinking skills?

Yes, graphic organizers can be a useful tool for teaching critical thinking skills by encouraging students to analyze and synthesize information, identify patterns and relationships, and make connections between different ideas. Teachers can design graphic organizers that require higher-order thinking skills, such as evaluating arguments or solving problems, to challenge students and promote deeper understanding.

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