Graphic Organizers

1. to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of (opposed to synthesize): to analyze an argument. 2. to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of: to analyze a poem. 3. to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc. (Webster's. p 74).

break down, break up, dissect; differentiate, make a distinction, sharpen or refine a distinction; subdivide; catalog, list, file; assay, titrate; reduce to elements, resolve (Chapman, 1977)

Analyzing Used to show the interaction of a complex event (an election, a nuclear explosion) or complex phenomenon (juvenile delinquency, learning disabilities). Key frame questions: What are the factors that cause X? How do they interrelate? Are the factors that cause X the same as those that cause X to persist? (NCREL, 1988) See: Web, CerebralChart, Network Tree, Spider Map, & Problem/Solution Outline

Analyzing Used to describe a central idea: a thing (a geographic region), process (meiosis), concept (altruism), or proposition with support (experimental drugs should be available to AIDS victims). Key frame questions: What is the central idea? What are its attributes? What are its functions? (NCREL, 1988) See: Web, CerebralChart, Network Tree, & Fishbone Map

Other graphic organizers available throughout this

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.

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