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Graphic Organisers

Collection of Graphic Organisers (PDF or online)

Graphic Organisers from SLSS

SLSS have an excellent collection of graphic organisers. This document contains blank graphic organisers, suggestions for possible uses of each organiser, and samples of each. Included are: ranking ladder, stair steps, chain of events, sequence charts, funnel, fishbone, brain droplets (wisdom pearls), cross classification chart, double and triple Venn diagrams, four corner organiser, tri pie, star burst, and research grid.


Fact versus Opinion



Similar to the funnel above.  I’ve used this for breaking-down ‘large’ concepts and themes and brainstorming – it’s particularly helpful to students when filtering their ideas to focus on a specific topic – when writing a speech, for example.


Inverted Pyramid

Used for writing newspaper articles (language of information).


Observation and Description: Five Senses

When reading a text, students can use the 5×5 chart to write short descriptions or observations related to sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.  It may prove even more useful for short story writing: students combine entries in the chart to create a description which they can write in the box at the top of the sheet.


Story Pyramid


A sample of a completed story pyramid using Cinderella can be viewed here. I’ve used this with my ‘Create A Character Activity‘.


Time-Order Chart

A simplified version for writing summaries.


Timeline (online)

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that can create interactive timelines just by using entries in a Google Spreadsheet. There are samples of timelines on their website, as well as instructions on how to create one. Click here to view my interactive timeline of Shakespeare’s life.


Writing Wheel


An example from the NIPT website can be viewed here.


Timeline: A Brief Biography of Shakespeare

Click Shakespeare Timeline below.

Or click here to view a larger version.

The timeline was created using TimelineJS, an open-source tool that can create interactive timelines by using entries in a Google Spreadsheet.

Sources: William Shakespeare: Complete Works (ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, 2007);;;;;;;;