KWL Graphic Organizer
The KWL graphic organizer is a tool writers use to keep track of
information they research or learn throughout the writing
process. With the KWL chart, writers are able to note what
information they already have on a particular topic. This allows
writers to access valuable background knowledge, anecdotes,
narratives, experience, learning, and memories for a project.
As writers move through the writing process, they note what they
want to learn about a particular topic and what they learned.
What is a graphic organizer?
A graphic organizer is a visual tool that writers use when
planning a piece of writing. There are many styles of graphic
organizers such as: outline, 5Ws, Venn diagram, 3 column notes,
visual cluster, inverted triangle, KWL (know, want to know, learn),
plot diagram, and there are many more.
Different graphic organizers tend to appeal to different writers.
For example, some writers use only the traditional outline for all
of their planning needs, while others will switch between
organizers depending on the writing style.
How can writers use graphic organizers?
Writers use graphic organizers in the planning stage of the
writing process, which is just after the brainstorming stage. Take
the valuable information from the brainstorming and add it to
the graphic organizer. This process allows writers to keep their
important information which can be used in writing the first
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