Two of the most common ways to organize ideas from a text (paraphrasing and summarizing) are verbal ways to organize data. Ideas from a text can also be organized using graphic organizers. A graphic organizer is a way to simplify information and just take key points from the text. A graphic organizer such as a timeline may have an event listed for a corresponding date on the timeline, whereas an outline may have an event listed under a key point that occurs in the text. Each reader needs to create the type of graphic organizer that works the best for him or her in terms of being able to recall information from a story. Examples include: A spider-map, which takes a main idea from the story and places it in a bubble, with supporting points branching off the main idea; An outline, useful for diagramming the main and supporting points of the entire story; and A Venn diagram, which classifies information as separate or overlapping.
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