Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Literature and Reading

Introduction

As you probably already know, free graphic organizers are readily available on the Internet.  However, access to quality organizers often requires either a monthly or an annual fee.

Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees.

I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on reading.  Although I found several, I felt that my collection could be more complete. 

With that in mind, I searched rather thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them.  Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for writing, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of literature and reading. 

The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading.

And, if you like these, I’ve got a strong feeling that you’ll also like 50 More READERizers—the newer sibling of this collection.

Quick Links for THIS Page

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. 

Character Webs

The following webs focus on the literary techniques of characterization.

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.

Responding to Literature Forms

All of the forms in this section are designed to elicit subjective responses from student readers.  Additionally, a couple of them require students to do some record-keeping. 

Reading Analysis Organizers

These organizers require readers to make connections with the text.   

The focus here is on predicting outcomes, observing literary devices, summarizing, determining cause-and-effect relationships, understanding themes, and comparing and contrasting stories. 

Story Maps

These story maps pictorially illustrate the elements of fiction and the sequence of plot.  They all focus on setting, characters, conflict, complication, and resolution. 

Cognitive Bookmarks

These bookmarks encourage kids to think about and write about what they are reading as they read.  

There are 3 to 4 bookmarks per sheet designed specifically for realistic fiction, historical fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, and mystery.  

The last two work very well for readers of nonfiction.  Here are those cognitive bookmarks: 

Here's a closer look at four of those bookmarks from the slideshow above:

Instructional Webs

Although limited in number, these webs offer specific definitions and instruction designed to teach various aspects of reading.  If these are fairly well received, I would be happy to design more of these in the near future.  

Let me know what you think.

Customizable Graphic Organizers

These organizers are customizable--you may type in the headers, subheaders, directions, and instructional material 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 each of these shaded areas, a tool tip will pop up briefly, as you see in the yellow box here: 

Here are the other 17 customizable graphic organizers.  The original completed organizer appears on the left side of each slide, and its customizable version appears on the right. 

Once again, if these are fairly well received, I would be happy to design more of them in the near future. 

Just let me know what you think.

Free Graphic Organizers Download

The following 10 graphic organizers (reduced in size here to fit the slideshow) are available for immediate download. 

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 download the 50 READERizers Collection. 

This collection includes ALL 50 PDF graphic organizers for teaching literature and reading as seen above on this page.  Whether you use Windows or Mac, these PDF organizers are ready to print! 

And, as I mentioned back in the introduction, if you like these, I’ve got a strong feeling that you’ll also like 50 More READERizers—the newer sibling of this collection.

Conclusion

I would imagine that most of the graphic organizers presented on this page would be suitable for any grade level.  I deliberately left out the graphic images on the customizable organizers simply because I don't know what grade level you teach.

For example, I don't think seniors in high school would appreciate the presence of a cartoon bookworm on their worksheets as much as grade school or middle school kids would.  

Although earlier versions of Adobe's PDF software included a provision for end users to import and add their own graphics, the most recent version does not. free graphic organizers

I am acutely aware of the fact that many more types of graphic organizers for teaching literature and reading could be designed and created. free graphic organizers

Again, tell me what you need. free graphic organizers

Finally, as I mentioned in the Introduction of my Language Arts Graphic Organizers page, kids just seem to GET IT better when they have a means of visually and pictorially organizing their thoughts.

The "lights" in their eyes just seem to burn more brightly . . .

Best wishes to you and your kids. 

And, let the lights shine on.

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