Hierarchy/Brainstorming Use to show a system of persons or things ranked one above another, left to right; use in the beginning of a project to visually arrange interrelated and sequentially ordered sections within the whole, similar to an outline; subjects that lend themselves to this organizer are: projects (web sites), term papers, organizations (government or company), systems (body or machine), etc. See: Web , CerebralChart , Fishbone Map , & Spider Map
Inspiration , by Inspiration Software is an excellent tool in the creation of CerebralCharts, network trees, and other forms of visual thinking and learning.
Other graphic organizers available throughout this site.
Five main types of organizers
Graphic organizers are valuable instructional tools. Unlike many tools that just have one purpose, graphic organizers are flexible and endless in application. One common trait found among graphic organizers is that they show the order and completeness of a student's thought process - strengths and weaknesses of understanding become clearly evident. Many graphic organizers show different aspects of an issue/problem - in close and also the big picture. Since many graphic organizers use short words or phrases, they are ideal for many types of learners, including English Language Learners with intermediate proficiency.
Although five main types of organizers are mentioned in this piece, many others exist, or will soon be created. See examples below.
Graphic organizers guide learners’ thinking as they fill in and build upon a visual map or diagram. Graphic organizers are some of the most effective visual learning strategies for students and are applied across the curriculum to enhance learning and understanding of subject matter content. In a variety of formats dependent upon the task, graphic organizers facilitate students’ learning by helping them identify areas of focus within a broad topic, such as a novel or article. Because they help the learner make connections and structure thinking, students often turn to graphic organizers for writing projects.