Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers

Graphic organisers to support teaching comprehension strategies such as summarising, retell, main idea, cause and effect, self-questioning and more. More information on comprehension strategies here.


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Main Idea Concept Map

Organise concepts by identifying the main idea and the supporting details. Write or draw.

Main Idea/Summary Chart

This graphic organiser is designed to help readers identify the main idea and supporting details of a text.


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Summarising: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

Organise a summary of a text using the 6 headings: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.

Main Idea/Supporting Ideas

Identify the main idea and supporting ideas of a page/chapter/text.


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Story Map Overview

A story map template to help learners visualise and identify the structure of a text. Identify the type of text, setting, characters and key events.

Story Board

Map out the events of a text. Draw or write. Great for retells and summarising.


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Story Sequence Organiser

Use this story map to order the events of a story. Great for retells and summarising.

Summarising: Beginning  Middle, End

Summarise a text by writing and drawing. What happened in the beginning? Middle? End?


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Connecting with the Text

Use this worksheet to allow students to record connections made to a text. Connect the text to ‘A time in my life’, ‘Another book’ and ‘A person I know’.

KWL Chart

Use this graphic organiser to help learners activate a their prior knowledge. 3 columns: What I Want to Know, What I Want to Find out, What I Have Learnt.


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Self-Questioning Chart

This chart assists students to ask a range of questions during and after reading.

Vocabulary Builder

Encourages students to use context clues within a text to help work out the meaning of words.


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Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

This graphic organiser encourages students to think about language use in texts and how it can be used to create images.

Problems and Solutions

Devise solutions to problems. Useful for higher order thinking. Can be used to suggest solutions to complications within a text.


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Cause and Effect

Identify ’cause and effect’ relationships. Identify what happened and what caused it to happen.

Chain of Events

Learn about ’cause and effect’ relationships by linking events in an ordered sequence.


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Image Cluster Organiser

Fill the middle oval by writing (or drawing!) about a character/setting. Fill the surrounding circles with details about the character/setting. Also useful for teaching main idea, supporting details.


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