ELA Graphic Organizers (Essay Writing, Literature, Reading Non-Fiction & more)

Stacey Lloyd
Grade Levels
8th - 11th
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Graphic organisers can be extremely powerful tools to help students visualize, organize, and comprehend information. Indeed, graphic organizers can be highly effective in the ELA classroom in helping students with reading strategies, and during the writing process.

NOTE: These organizers are designed to be PRINTED. If you would prefer a DIGITAL VERSION to use with Google Slides™, CLICK HERE!

As an ELA teacher, it is useful to have a range of tools on hand to help students with the development of key skills. Plus, these 50 pages are particularly designed with secondary students in mind: to be engaging, visually appealing, and constructive.

Analyzing Non-Fiction Reading

  • Describe, Infer, Question
  • Analyzing Ethos, Pathos, Logos
  • Cause and Effect
  • Making Connections
  • Fact or Opinion
  • Making Inferences
  • Making Predictions
  • Articles: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
  • Taking Notes
  • Persuasive Techniques
  • Questioning What You Read
  • Responding with Your Opinions

Creative Writing

  • Planning a Story
  • Creating Characterization
  • Planning Characters
  • Plot Planning
  • Freytag's Pyramid
  • Story Planning
  • Designing the Setting

Essay Writing Process

  • Building an Argument
  • 5 Paragraph Plan
  • Idea Generation
  • Paragraph Planning
  • Recording Quotations
  • Writing a Thesis Statement
  • Understanding the Essay Question
  • Writing to Persuade

Reading Literature

  • Analyzing Characters
  • Chapter Response
  • Character Chart
  • Analyzing Characterization
  • Claim, Support, Question
  • Graphic Novel Page
  • Identifying Theme
  • Plot Stucture
  • Mind-mapping a Poem
  • Analyzing a Poem
  • Questioning What You Read
  • Timeline


  • Before Reading
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Mind-Map
  • Planning a Summary
  • Storyboard
  • Venn Diagram with Two Texts
  • Venn Diagram with Three Texts
  • Square Venn Diagram
  • Vocabulary
  • Web


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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