Graphic Organizers

1. to determine or set the value of amount of; appraise: to evaluate property. 2. to judge or dtermine the significance, worth, or quality of; assess; to evaluate the results of an experiment (Webster's. p 670).

gauge, assess, appraise; identify; classify, class, categorize, catalog, sort, group, factor; estimate; rate, rank, value, place or set a value on, prize, appreciate; size up or take one's measure [informal], measure (Chapman, 1977).

Evaluating Use to show positive, negative, and interesting attributes of a subject, concept, topic, solution, etc., in order to determine the nature of the outcome and whether it will be worth continuing or not. Assign subjective point values to each attribute (1 to 5 and + or - points based on the significance of the attribute), then total (de Bono, E., 1992).

It sounds weird, but I have made significant decisions using this in conjunction with tossing a coin. If I call heads and it comes up heads and that's what I want, I make my decision. If, however, I decide to change my mind and go two out of three, it shows me what I really want to do. The coin toss only works after you have weighed your choices and need to make the final decision. See: Synectics, Venn Diagram, Compare/Contrast Matrix, Questions, T-Chart, Ranking, & KWLH

Predicting/Evaluating Use to help students activate prior knowledge. It is a group instruction activity that serves as a model for active thinking during reading.
K - Recall what group KNOWs about the subject.
W - Determine what group WANTs to learn.
L - Identify what group LEARNed as they read.
H - HOW we can learn more (NCREL, 1988)
(D. Ogle, 1986) See: Synectics, Venn Diagram, Compare/Contrast Matrix, PMI, Questions, T-Chart, & Ranking

Other graphic organizers available throughout this site.

Bridging Snapshots



Compare/Contrast Matrix

Network Tree

Spider Map

Continuum Scale




Problem/Solution Outline


Fishbone Map


Venn Diagram

Human Interaction Outline




Series of Events Chain

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Historical and Cultural Context - provides an overview of art movements and the context in which they developed. We have not covered every movement or period, rather selected snippets to help provide students with an opportunity to explore the elements that have influenced other artists in their quest for expressing personal voice. As with all of our work, this site remains a work in progress.

Wow, validation.

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