More Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Literature and Reading


I don’t know about you, but I think free graphic organizers shouldn’t be poor graphic organizers. They shouldn’t be nothing more than charts with functionless arrows. They also shouldn’t beat the same drums that everybody else has already beaten to death. 

That’s basically what I’m finding when I look to see what’s out there. 

The free organizers that I offer on this page come from the collection of 
50 More READERizers, the successor of 50 READERizers, which has drawn an enormous amount of interest over the last couple of years—thanks to you and our colleagues. 

With this newer collection, I have tried my best to put the “graphic” back into graphic organizers. I have tried to give each arrow a purpose. I’ve done my level best to bang on new drums. 

After a peek at the Quick Links, you become the judge. 

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You may use the following quick links to go directly to what interests you on this page. You may also scroll down the page manually if you choose to do so. 

Cause and Effect Analysis Maps

The following webs focus on cause and effect relationships, and more importantly, on the consequences and implications that result. 

Although the screenshots you will see here have been reduced in size and somewhat in clarity, I think you'll be able to see the main headers, subheaders, and overall design fairly well.

Character Studies

The six organizers in this section focus on characterization—how it is accomplished, what it reveals about personalities, and what forces contribute to character change.
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One organizer is included for comparing and contrasting characters within the same story or from different stories. Another focuses on characters’ responses to specific events. 
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Here’s what they look like: 

Conflict Analysis Maps

There are actually four maps dealing with conflict, but two of them fit better into the Story Maps category.

The two conflict analysis maps shown here pinpoint the type of conflict, the very essence of the conflict itself, and its eventual resolution. 

Episodes and Events

The first three organizers shown below feature four variables per episode, with a choice of one, two, or three episodes.

The last organizer, the Event Analysis Map, would probably be challenging for struggling readers, but I’m thinking it would be a good exercise for more advanced readers.

Extraordinary Venn Diagrams

Listing the following four organizers with the label, “Extraordinary,” is really my way of saying that they are not your typical circular/oval type Venns—as I’m sure you will agree. 

A couple of them are not 100% Venn in nature either. But, I’m thinking that they will be a refreshing change of pace from the same old stuff—particularly the Flowering Venn Cactus. 

Here’s what they look like: 

Making Connections with Reading

During the course of time spent developing 50 More READERizers, the organizers in this category became my “pet” project. 

There are a lot of organizers out there that touch on the importance of getting kids to connect with their reading, but most of them lack focus. 

I’m hoping these have enough focus to make a difference with your kids. 

Story Maps

Although I included several story maps in 50 READERizers, the predecessor of this collection, I think your kids might get even more benefit from these new ones. 

Two favorites of mine in this category deal with subplots, or as I call them, stories within the story. 

Customizable Graphic Organizers

These organizers are customizable--you may type in the headers, subheaders, and directions that best suit your needs. 

I've included these because sometimes predesigned forms are not entirely appropriate for the task at hand. 

This way, if you have a particular book title or a particular main topic that you want to appear in the organizer, you can go right ahead and type it in. 

Each customizable organizer displays areas shaded in blue--these are the areas that you may type what you wish. 

Additionally, when the mouse pointer passes over customizable areas (shown here in blue), a tool tip will pop up briefly, as you see in the yellow box here: 

There are the 14 customizable graphic organizers available in this collection. Here are the two that are in the portrait orientation:

The other 12 customizables are in landscape orientation, and they appear in the following slide show. 

Free Graphic Organizers Download

There are 10 free organizers available for immediate download, and they will ALL work on both Windows and Mac. The first three are in portrait orientation and they look like this: 

The remaining 7 of the 10 freebies are in landscape mode, presented here once again in the form of a slide show: 

You may download them completely free of charge here.

If you would like these 10 organizers PLUS the other 40 presented on this page, you may want to purchase the 50 More READERizers Collection.

It comes with a clickable table of contents for locating specific organizers quickly and easily. In addition, a Thumbnail Index of Customizables is included for your convenience. 

Both the free and full collections are entirely compatible with Windows and Mac.

Download: The Free 10-page Sampler

Purchase: 50 More READERizers (Order in the USA)

Purchase: 50 More READERizers (Order outside of the USA)


Although a few of these would be challenging, I would imagine that most of the graphic organizers presented on this page would be suitable for any grade level. 

If I haven’t addressed a pressing need in the realm of graphic organizers for teaching literature and reading, by all means, tell me what you need.

Originally I had planned only 3 titles for my “-izers” series, but the originals were so well received that I decided to develop additional ones. 

Here, by the way, are all 6 titles (to date) from the “-izers” series:

As you might have guessed, there are more collections in the works. Please stop back again soon to see what’s available! 

Best wishes always to you and your kids! free graphic organizers

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