This synthesizing graphic organizer can be adapted for use in middle elementary through middle school. Tell the students that the more they read in a story, the more ripples of meaning they will discover. In the upper left corner square, draw a circle. This is the first and most basic ripple of meaning. In the upper right box, draw a circle around the first one, and shade it a different color or with a different design. This means that the level of thinking goes even deeper. Continue drawing circles around the bottom two squares, so that by the time the students get to the bottom square, there are 4 concentric circles showing the depth of their thinking.
Introduce this strategy by using a picture book. Show the cover and have the students write their thinking in the basic ripple box. After you have read a few pages, stop again, and have the students write down their thinking in that box. Have students turn and talk about what they have written so far. Continue to read a few more pages, and stop yet again. The last box should be filled in at the end of the picture book, and should reflect a deeper thought of what has just happened in this book.
Have students turn and talk again about their findings, and see how their responses are similar and different.