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Differentiating With Graphic Organizers

Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking

The author demonstrates how to use, create, and modify graphic organizers to promote critical and creative thinking processes to raise achievement for students of all ability levels.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412959766
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: October 01, 2008

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"Drapeau is a teacher's teacher. This book is guaranteed to elevate student thinking while addressing the needs of individual learners at all skill levels. It's all here and ready to go, along with sound research for support."
—Pamela Lester, Enrichment Teacher
Clinton Township School District, Lebanon, NJ

"Graphic organizers, differentiated instruction, and creative and critical thinking—three topics on the frontline of teaching today, all together in one well-crafted text. This exciting book will not stay on the bookshelf; teachers will try the sample lessons and use and modify the graphic organizers to improve their practice and the achievement of their students."
—Karen Shible, Reading Specialist
Meachem Elementary School, Syracuse, NY

Use graphic organizers to challenge students, make learning exciting, and raise academic achievement!

Graphic organizers have proven to be successful tools for helping students develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This research-based resource shows how graphic organizers can improve teaching practices, help differentiate instruction in the classroom, and raise learning outcomes for all students, including English language learners and students with learning disabilities.

The author presents graphic organizers for nine types of thinking processes based on Bloom's taxonomy and offers examples of how to apply the graphic organizers in different subject areas and grade levels. This hands-on guide demonstrates how teachers can:

  • Promote the critical thinking processes of assuming, inferring, analyzing, prioritizing, and judging
  • Encourage the creative thinking processes of brainstorming, connecting, creating, and elaborating
  • Modify graphic organizers or create their own to meet individual learning needs

With assessment rubrics for providing quality feedback included, Differentiating With Graphic Organizers addresses ways to promote and build students' creative reasoning, communication, and problem-solving skills and make the learning process a success.

Key features

· Shows teachers how to improve their instructional practices in order to increase student achievement.

· Increases students' abilities to use critical and creative thinking.

· Helps teachers utilize high level graphic organizers in their classrooms to challenge students at all ability levels.

· Addresses ways for students to become more effective critical thinkers, problem-solvers and builds students creative reasoning and communication skills.

· Includes 18 graphic organizer that are templates and 18 filled in graphic organizers with student responses.



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Patti Drapeau

Patti Drapeau is an educational consultant, trainer, author, and internationally known presenter. She has over twenty-five years of classroom experience teaching students and coordinating programs in Freeport, Maine. Drapeau currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine, where she teaches graduate courses in differentiation, curriculum integration, critical and creative thinking, education of the gifted and talented, and curriculum and methods for teaching gifted and talented students. She is also a certified trainer for the IIM (Independent Investigation Method) research model.

Drapeau developed a curriculum model for the regular classroom called “Affective Perspectives: Combining Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Affect.” She has authored a variety of articles for the “Maine Exchange” and is the author of the best-selling book Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers, published by Scholastic Publishers. 

Drapeau is an international presenter in the United States and Canada, presenting at hundreds of national, state, and regional conferences as well as conducting district workshops focused on the needs of all students. She presents keynotes and workshop sessions that are designed to be:

  • Researched based
  • Practical
  • Interactive
  • Product oriented
  • Customized
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

Introduction: The Search

Part I. Graphic Organizers, Critical Thinking, and Differentiation

1. Graphic Organizers: Tools to Promote Critical and Creative Thinking

2. Graphic Organizers: Tools to Promote Differentiation

Part II. 5 Critical Thinking Verbs and Graphic Organizers to Use With Them

3. "Assume": Exploring What We Take for Granted

4. "Infer": Drawing Conclusions

5. "Analyze": Unpacking the Big Idea

6. "Prioritize": Putting First Things First

7. "Judge": Making Accurate Evaluations

Part III. 4 Creative Thinking Verbs and Graphic Organizers to Use With Them

8. "Brainstorm": Generating Multiple Ideas

9. "Connect": Making Unlikely Associations

10. "Create": Making Something New

11. "Elaborate": Getting the Details Down

12. Putting It All Together: Curriculum Designs and Units of Study

13. Conclusion: Essential FAQs





Price: $41.95
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