How to use this Graphic Organizer:
This form is used to teach students to understand how important it is to different texts they come in contact with on the same topic.
This graphic organizer is used as follows:
Find two sources on the same topic. Sources can be articles, chapters on a textbook, poems, editorials, interviews etc.
What to do:
On the place for Topic: Write the Topic you are reading the two sources on. (ex. pollution)
On the place for Source 1: write the title of the passage you are about to read.
Predict: Tell students to predict the content of the passage using text features and the title. A really important part for comprehension.
Read the source
Main Idea: Ask them: What does the author want me to learn about the topic?
Supporting details: Identify what details are supporting the main idea of the text.
Then they get to write their thoughts on the topic: Have they changed Their thoughts? Any new ideas? This helps a great deal when trying to draw conclusions.
Then, do the same for Source 2.
Once both sources have been read and the information is filled, the synthesizing begins! On the back the students will make an inference on the topic based on the information they have learned and also draw a conclusion on the topic based on the information they have learned. I have included simple equations that will help them remember what to do when inferring and when drawing a conclusion.
Hope this helps!