Create A Graphic Organizer

If there’s one thing that all grade school students know these days, it’s graphic organizers. They use them to organize ideas—ideas that they’ve read in a text, ideas that they want to write about or ideas that they’re trying to memorize. A graphic organizer can be created in Microsoft Word rather than trying to draw it messily by hand.


1. Decide which type of graphic organizer you would like to use. The following are some common type of organizers: Venn diagram (to compare two entities), triple Venn diagram (to compare three entities), sequential organizer, cyclical sequence organizer, cause and effect organizer, problem and solution organizer, T-chart, multiple-column chart, flowchart (to describe a process) and idea web (to show how various ideas are connected).

2. Draw your organizer by hand before creating it on a computer. Make sure to leave enough room inside of each box, circle or column for the amount of text needed.

3. To create a table or T-chart, click on the insert tab in MS Word, and then on the table icon. Select the appropriate number of columns and rows. Make sure to take into account an extra row needed to title each column.

4. To create any of the other types of organizers, click on the insert tab in MS Word, and then on the shapes icon. Choose the appropriate shape (circle for Venn diagram, rectangle for cause and effect chart) and shape it by dragging the mouse from one corner of the desired shape to the other. Resize the shapes by dragging the box in the bottom corner as needed.

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5. To insert text into a shape in MS Word, right click on the shape and select “Add Text” from the options that appear. Then type into the shape.

6. To connect shapes with arrows, click on the symbols icon again and choose the appropriate arrow for your graphic organizer.