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graphic organizer
Visual illustrations to help students establish and learn connections between concepts. Useful at any stage of learning, graphic organizers can be used to organize new material or to review information already discussed.

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Graphically organize a biography
This lesson is a good ending to a unit on biographies. The students will work together in small groups to create a poster that displays the information from a biography in a graphic organizer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Ellen Benton.
Using RAFT to determine how to write an informational essay
Students will use RAFT as a tool to determine how to write an informational essay. They will also design a graphic organizer for the assignment as well as compose a rough draft. This is the second lesson in a series of three based on the LEARN NC 9th grade writing exemplars.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts)
By Kim Bowen.
Leapin' leprechauns
This lesson will allow first graders to use their imagination while practicing newly learned writing skills. The end product will be wonderfully creative leprechaun stories.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By JoAnn Lazaro.
Career areas of science: Vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.1
In this lesson for grade eight, students discuss different scientific disciplines and gain an understanding of the suffix -ology.
Format: lesson plan
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
Pre-writing planning guide
A graphic organizer to help students plan narrative writing. Includes space for author, audience, purpose, title, genre, time and place, narrator, point of view, plot, an illustrating image, comments, and questions.
Format: document/worksheet
Elements of a fable
In this lesson students will examine the elements of a fable. Students will use their understanding of fable elements to create an original fable and present it in dramatic form. This lesson includes modifications and alternative assessments for Advanced Limited English Proficient students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Kate Boyce.
Concept maps: an introduction
Using concept maps can help students make connections among subject areas. This article explains how teachers can use concept maps effectively and provides links to tools for creating them online.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Teaching suggestions: Families in colonial North Carolina
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about families in colonial North Carolina. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
One, two, three... go Poe!
In this lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast three short stories they have read by Edgar Allan Poe. The assignment will be divided into three parts: (1) They will have read and discussed or completed other classroom activities on each of the three stories. (2) They will work in small groups to brainstorm and create comparison/contrast charts that will be shared with the class. (3) Students will create their own graphic organizers based on the ideas shared in step two and then create a draft and final paper.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–11 English Language Arts)
By Janie Peak.
Problem-solving careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students analyze information about various careers to determine how people in those occupations use problem-solving skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Solving workplace problems: Refining the use of argument
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.8
In this lesson plan, students are presented with two writing prompts that describe workplace problems. Students complete a graphic organizer to help them map out the problem-solving process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
A writing process
This edition presents a writing process through discussion, examples, and suggested resources to help teachers guide students through writing assignments.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Reading for relevance in literature
A unit-length instructional plan for using graphic organizers to promote active reading of novels, using The Count of Monte Cristo as an example.
By Suzanne Micallef.
Lords Proprietors graphic organizer
Completing this graphic organizer will aid students' understanding of the eight men who controlled the Carolina colony.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Animals on the move
Students will choose an animal, draw the animal, write a sentence naming their animal and write a sentence about what their animal can do using inventive as well as conventional spelling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Anita Baldwin, Ann Loftis, and Genevieve Kiser.
The Wish Giver: Cause and effect
Through a discussion of the characters in the novel The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain, the teacher will teach the students to identify and analyze the cause/effect relationship and its importance in reading comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Becky Ellzey.
Using a Venn diagram to illustrate that bears and humans are both mammals.
Students use their collected information on bears to compare them to humans through a Venn diagram, as preparation for an introduction to mammals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science)
By Susan Lovett.
Mountain cultures graphic organizer
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.4
As students read the article "Peoples of the Mountains," this graphic organizer will help them develop an understanding of the cultures that existed in North Carolina's mountains hundreds of years ago.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.