Tools for Thought by Jim Burke. Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom
Tools for Thought
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Tools for Thought

Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom

By Jim Burke

Dozens of graphic organizers and a hundred ways to use them! From annotations to Venn diagrams to vocabulary squares, Jim's tools spark student thinking in any subject area. Each is a reproducible with suggestions for implementation.

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Dozens of graphic organizers and a hundred ways to use them! Jim's prepared a workbook that's a real workhorse, providing tools to spark student thinking that are both intriguing and precise—and applicable to grades 6 to 12 in all subject areas. These tools range from annotations and literature circle notes to Venn diagrams and vocabulary squares. Each comes as a reproducible accompanied by:

  • background information and theoretical foundations
  • different ways to use each tool to help students read, write, speak, and think better
  • a range of note-taking strategies to help students succeed in all academic classes
  • student samples, including many from Jim's ACCESS (Academic Success) program for struggling students who want to succeed.

In addition, three documents help you choose "the right tool for the job." Use Jim's suggestions to help students take better notes and improve their critical thinking. Or use his visual directory to quickly evaluate what you need for an assignment. Tools for Thought works across the spectrum—helping students with learning differences, assisting struggling readers and writers, challenging students in advanced classes.

Contents

How to Use This Book
Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric
Toolbox: Visual Directory of the Tools
Making Effective and Efficient Notes
Introduction: Tools for Thought
The Tools
Annotations
Conversational Roundtable
Decision Tree
Episodic Notes
Idea Cards
Interactive Notes
Linear Array
Literature Circle Notes
Outline Notes
Pyramid Notes
Q Notes
Questions
Reporter's Notes
Sensory Notes
Spreadsheet Notes
Story Notes
Summary Notes
Summary Sheet
Synthesis Notes
T Notes
Target Notes
Think in Threes
Time Line Notes
Venn Diagrams
Visual Explanations
Vocabulary Squares
Appendixes:
Bibliography
Designing Standards-Based Instruction
Continuum Creator
Reproducible Tools for Classroom Use
Reading: Think About It! (1)
Reading: Think About It! (2)
Bookmark: Character Card
Bookmark: Core Skills
Bookmark: Reading: Think About It! A
Bookmark: Reading: Think About It! B
Bookmark: Literature Circle Roles A
Bookmark: Literature Circle Roles B
Conversational Roundtable
Decision Tree
Episodic Notes (Three-Square)
Episodic Notes (Six-Square)
Idea Cards
Interactive Notes
Linear Array
Literature Circle Notes: Overview of the Roles
Literature Circle Notes: Discussion Director
Literature Circle Notes: Illuminator
Literature Circle Notes: Illustrator
Literature Circle Notes: Connector
Literature Circle Notes: Word Watcher
Literature Circle Notes: Summarizer
Outline Notes
Speech Outline Notes
Pyramid Notes
Cornell Notes
Q Notes
Reporter's Notes
Sensory Notes
Spreadsheet Notes (Three-Column)
Spreadsheet Notes (Four-Column)
Spreadsheet Notes (Multi-Column)
Character Directory
Story Notes
Plot Notes
Summary Notes
Summary Sheet
Synthesis Notes
T Notes
Target Notes
Think in Threes
Time Line Notes
Venn Diagram (Two-Domain)
Venn Diagram (Three-Domain)
Vocabulary Squares

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Jim Burke directly about professional development support.