Teaching & Learning


Graphic organiser

Overview of how to design an activity where students use a graphic organiser to help them structure and represent information.

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29 April 2021

About this activity

There a range of graphical organisation techniques that can be used in reflective and organisational ways. These can include:

  • webs,
  • triangles,
  • Venn diagrams,
  • ladders,
  • and PMI diagrams

Example instructions for students:

Use a graphic organiser to help you structure and represent information 

Why use it

Enables reflection on what students have learnt or understood; Helps organise content during a session or from reading.

When to use it

  • At start of class as revision; 
  • At mid or end point to check on understanding;  
  • Independent study task.

Digital tools that might be used

  • Handwritten paper photographed and uploaded (E.g. via MS Office Lens); 
  • Use of whiteboard in online synch session (group activity).

Speed of set up time 

1 minute.


Staff might provide examples of graphic organisers.

Other resources

  • Mind map software
  • Templates.

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