Download: Graphic organizers to help kids with reading

ByThe Understood Team

Kids who struggle with reading can improve their reading comprehension by using graphic organizers. These simple, visual tools allow kids to break down stories and nonfiction texts. They also help kids keep track of thoughts as they read.

Graphic organizers come in many forms. The six downloads included here are intended for grade-schoolers. But older students may also find them useful. Each graphic organizer comes with a template and a filled-in example.

Kids can use these graphic organizers in one of two ways:

  • Print them out and fill them in by hand while reading.
  • Type directly into the organizers and then print them when complete.

Educators: Learn how to use these graphic organizers along with evidence-based teaching strategies.

Summarizing graphic organizerPDF

Story elements graphic organizerPDF

Main idea graphic organizerPDF

Retelling graphic organizerPDF

KWL Chart Graphic OrganizerPDF

Character Traits Graphic OrganizerPDF

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About the author

The Understood Team is made up of passionate writers and editors. Many of them have kids who learn and think differently.

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Ginny Osewalt is a dually certified elementary and special education teacher with more than 15 years of experience in general education, inclusion, resource room, and self-contained settings.