Tools for Thought: Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom by Jim Burke

Jim Burke is a practicing English teacher and author who has written books like The English Teacher’s Companion and What’s the Big Idea? His book Tools For Thought: Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom, offers 40+ reproducibles to use in instruction.  Examples include a pyramid organizer, outline notes, fill-in-the-blank bookmarks, and a Frayer model.

Each graphic organizer offers:

-an explanation of the organizer by Burke

-an example filled in handout from a student from his own classroom teaching

-a blank reproducible

Although the examples are shown for an English literature class, most organizers can be adapted for any content area or topic.

This is a great resource that supports visual learners.

Even without a specific lesson in mind, paging through the book might spark some ideas of what you could do with you students.

You can see the table of contents, download a sample, and order the book here.

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