The graphic organizer pictured to the right could easily be made into a question and answer worksheet format. The assignment would be fine, but the graphic organizer is a much more appealing and possibly more appropriate format.
You probably use graphic organizers with your students all of the time. After all, they help students to:
- organize ideas
- make connections
- discover new ways of thinking about things
- demonstrate knowledge
- make plans and decicisions
- explore a subject with more depth
Often graphic organizers can be used to replace those very worksheets. Here are some useful questions to ask when deciding if a graphic organizer is a good format for an assignment:
If writing vocabulary words and their definitions in cool looking shapes rather than on regular lines across the paper is more fun, why not do it? The learning is the same.