Graphic organizers are a pictorial way of organizing information. While their use is effective for all students, graphic organizers make content area information more accessible for English Language Learners because of the visual layout and organized details. Search the internet for graphic organizers and provide links to at least three different organizers. How would you best utilize each of the graphic organizers for your English language learners? What is the teacher's role in using organizers?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:43 pm ad1c9bdddf
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English Language Learners (ELLs) are students that need additional support than your remaining students. Graphic organizers help them understand and put thoughts down in a way that is easy and simple for them to know and to remember. One important component to education is that WE as educators must always relate learning to past experiences (prior knowledge) or to the real word. Real life application allows the students to learn with a purpose in mind. A great graphic organizer that ties what they already know with what they are trying to learn is the KWL Chart. K is for what the children already know, the W is for what they expect or want to learn from this particular subject/activity and the last, which is the L, is completed at the end of the lesson where students reflect on what they learned from this lesson.
ELLs also need graphic organizers that help them develop vocabulary. Vocabulary will eventually help students to begin to speak and feel comfortable in the second language. There are a vast amount of various graphic organizers that help with vocabulary development, such as word webs, word clusters, circle maps, etc. Vocabulary development should also include synonyms and antonyms to help them expand their second language knowledge.
Sequence graphic organizers are another suggestion to help ELLs. Our students need to have ample opportunities to write and speak their second language before we hold them accountable for learning and applying it. Allowing students to complete sequence graphic organizers gives them the opportunity to begin the writing process in the second language. At the same time they are exploring with transitional words and with the grammatical components of the English Language. Sequence graphic organizers can vary depending on the length of the story or the teacher's discretion.
One thing to always remember is that when working with ELLs we must find activities and opportunities that are "risk-free" for them; otherwise they will shut down and stop trying. Graphic organizers allow students to frame their thinking in a way that is non-threatening and therefore it becomes a positive learning experience for them. Once children feel safe they will outstandingly produce and perform in the classroom and they will acquire that second language positively and effectively.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:43 pm ad1c9bdddf>