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Strategy #4: Using quick integration

Chances are that you already have access to many examples of graphic organizers used by the authors of your textbook. They include pie charts, line and bar graphs, Venn diagrams, timelines, and other graphics that visually represent research, data, facts, events, steps, stages, and other elements. Integrating these into your class discussions and learning goals will reinforce the concept that textual graphics are a valid and immediate form of communication. Directing attention to these also demonstrates that actively interpreting them is a necessary classroom and research skill. Here are some instructions you can give to your students:

1. Look through your textbook and explain at least two graphic organizers you find.

2. What does the graphic demonstrate? What are the implied ideas? Why was this type of graphic used to give this information?

Help students recognize how different graphics can be used so that they can incorporate various forms of organization to create their own annotations, notes, and graphic organizers. If you have students create study guides and/or test questions, ask them to include at least one question related to a graphic organizer in the reading.