Graphic Organizers

a sudden impulse, idea, etc.: brainstorming - a conference technique of solving specific problems, asmassing information, stimulating creative thinking, developing new ideas, etc., by unrestrained and spontaneous participation in discussion (Webster's. p 253).

brainchild, inspiration; good idea; impulse; instinct, urge; gut response [slang]; notion; sudden thought, flash, quick hunch; caprice, whim; crazy idea, fantastic notion (Chapman, 1977).

Brainstorming Synectics [this is a very cool tool] (Gordon, 1961) is an approach to creative thinking that depends on looking at, what appears on the surface as, unrelated phenomenon and drawing relavant connections. Its main tool is analogy or metaphor. The approach, which is often used by groups, can help students develop creative responses to problem solving, to retain new information, to assist in generating writing, and to explore social and disciplinary problems. It helps users break existing minds sets and internalize abstract concepts. Synectics can be used with all ages and works well with those who withdraw from traditional methods (Couch, 1993). See: Venn Diagram, Compare/Contrast Matrix, Questions, PMI, T-Chart, Ranking, & KWLH


Analyzing Attributes/Brainstorming Use to list facts, definitions, attributes, or examples related to a single topic, concept, or theme. May also be used to compare and contrast information generated on left and right sides of web. See: CerebralChart, Network Tree, Fishbone Map, & Spider Map

Brainstorming Cerebralcharts use hierarchies, yet tend to be more free form in the beginning. Use to quickly amass information or elements, stimulate creative thinking, develop new ideas, in an unrestrained and spontaneous manner, generated either individually or by a group. See: Web, Network Tree, Fishbone Map, & Spider Map

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Inspiration, by Inspiration Software is an excellent tool in the creation of cerebralcharts, network trees, and other forms of visual thinking and learning.


Hierarchy/Brainstorming Use to show a system of persons or things ranked one above another, left to right; use in the beginning of a project to visually arrange interrelated and sequentially ordered sections within the whole, similar to an outline; subjects that lend themselves to this organizer are: projects (web sites), term papers, organizations (government or company), systems (body or machine), etc. See: Web, CerebralChart, Fishbone Map, & Spider Map
Inspiration, by Inspiration Software is an excellent tool in the creation of CerebralCharts, network trees, and other forms of visual thinking and learning.

Other graphic organizers available throughout this site.

Bridging Snapshots



Compare/Contrast Matrix

Network Tree

Spider Map

Continuum Scale




Problem/Solution Outline


Fishbone Map


Venn Diagram

Human Interaction Outline




Series of Events Chain

Site Map - A list of all the pages with annotations, yes, all of the pages on this site.

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Historical and Cultural Context - provides an overview of art movements and the context in which they developed. We have not covered every movement or period, rather selected snippets to help provide students with an opportunity to explore the elements that have influenced other artists in their quest for expressing personal voice. As with all of our work, this site remains a work in progress.

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