First, I want to start by saying that Candler “gets it” and this book isn’t about having your students do worksheets. I’ve seen a definite swing against worksheets in the classroom where teachers cringe at the thought of using a copied page. However, these graphic organizers are much more than worksheets; they’re tools that can really improve your reading workshop. Unlike many other books of graphic organizers, Candler also walks you through the lesson planning process step-by-step to help you get the most out of your mini-lessons. I love how she’s broken down the Common Core Standards by grade level (grades 2-6) and suggested graphic organizers to use in teaching each one.
Let’s move on to the organizers (and foldables!) themselves. They’re broken down into two sections: multipurpose organizers and informational text/literature organizers. For the multipurpose organizers, Candler describes seven organizers and then gives suggestions for how to introduce each one to your class. There are also short sample lessons with completed organizers to use as examples or clarify your own understanding. Many of these have suggested resources (children’s books, websites, etc.) too.
The final section has 23 more organizers for informational text or literature. Five are included for nonfiction and ten apply to literature. My favorites are the eight focused on reading strategies because they can be used for both informational text and literature. I
especially like one on making step-by-step predictions. There are great ideas here for poetry too. That’s pretty rare!
If you’re thinking you already have all the organizers you need, I’d encourage you to think again. I was pleased to find new ideas for organizers I’ve already used in our classroom so there’s definitely something here for new teachers and veterans alike. There were also many organizers that I haven’t used before. Adding the new Common Core Standards is icing on the cake.
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