Being a good reader is about creating meaning. This graphic organizer will help your students create meaning by synthesizing the new information they are learning through the reading process.
Synthesizing is not the same as summarizing. It is a higher level thinking skill that will allow your students to better understand and remember what they read. When synthesizing, it is important for students to first think about what they already know about the topic, and then consider what the author is telling about the topic in the text. Then the reader combines those two ideas to create their own new understanding or perspective.
This graphic organizer would best be used multiple times through the gradual release process. It would be a great thinking tool when readers are interacting with nonfiction, historical fiction, and even fiction text. As the teacher, you can also use this tool as a formative assessment to drive your instructional decision making.