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Improve Writing Skills with Specially Designed Graphic Organizers

September 28th, 2010

Why Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Writing?

Writing is the doing part of thinking. To create good thinkers we need to create good writers. One of the easiest ways to create good writers is to use graphic organizers. The use of fill-in-the-blank organizers helps to prevent the deer in the headlights look kids give you when staring at blank sheets of paper.

How Do Graphic Organizers Work?

Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills make writing easy because all a student needs to do is to fill-in-the-blanks. These are specially designed for students with LD, dyslexia, reading or writing problems, or even gifted students that don’t like to write. My students used to bring me in their webbing forms and they couldn’t make heads or tails of them let alone use them to write a summary.

How Specially Designed Graphic Organizers Help

I remember one student in particular, Adam. He was a junior in high school. He spent a lot of time on his webbing form and was quite proud of the fact that he was able to do it. However, now that it was done he had to use it to write a paper. He was stymied, stuck in his tracks. He had no idea how to use it. He couldn’t tell what went with what. It was a mess. So, he handed me his webbing form, totally frustrated saying ‘help’ in a panic-stricken voice because the paper was due the next day.

We spent time going over his webbing form, rewriting it in a linear fashion, showing connections so he could actually make sense of it. Then he was able to turn the new form into a fill-in-the-blank essay with the forms that are in Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills. That is why these graphic organizers are specially designed with the end use in mind. Even if you struggle with reading or writing skills, these graphic organizer forms make your life a lot easier.

Eric Jensen, author of Brain Based Learning, (1997) states that up to 87% of students do NOT learn from hearing alone. He goes on to state that we under-utlilize our visual system when learning. Using graphic organizers will increase student’s learning. Through visual and kinesthetic methods you’ll increase student performance and writing skills.

Do yourself a favor and start using these specially designed graphic organizers from Ten Minutes to Better Writing and Study Skills today.

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