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Free and printable graphic organizer for reading comprehension. Offer various eye-catching templates for learning reading comprehension, including story map, 5Ws chart, main idea and details chart, timeline, compare and contrast template, fact and opinion chart.

The Importance of Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is the ability to understand the meaning of a written passage. Like learning to drive, reading comprehension is also an essential skill in life. Strong reading comprehension skills increase the pleasure and effectiveness of reading, and it's the prerequisite for acquiring content knowledge. Therefore, the acquisition of reading comprehension skills is critical that students need to develop well in school.

Importance of Reading Comprehension

What are Reading Comprehension Graphic organizers?

A graphic organizer is a kind of visual aid to facilitate learning and instruction. Many types of graphic organizers can be used for leaning reading comprehension. For example, a story elements graphic organizer can help students recognize and analyze the essential elements of a story, to help them understand the content and the theme. Also, the 5Ws chart contains five sections with blank areas that students can fill in the details of the questions, what happened, when did it happen, why did it happen, where did it happen, and who was involved. In addition, the sequencing timeline, compare and contrast chart, fact and opinion chart, main idea, and details chart are all effective means to help students improve their reading skills.

Free Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizers Templates

Before using these graphic organizer templates, let's learn the features of them.

Features of the Templates

  1. They are beautifully designed - colorful and cute.
  2. Printable and Editable. If any template is not exactly suitable for your purpose, you can use Edraw to modify.
  3. Two formats are provided - PDF and EDDX.

Template 1 - Story Summary Graphic Organizer

To read a story effectively, students are always asked to conclude the key elements, such as the characters, main idea, setting, theme, etc. This story summary graphic organizer lets students fill in the blank areas of the key story elements, and help them understand the story or passage completely. It's designed with cute graphics like tree, house and stars that students like, which will increase their study interest.

Story Summary Graphic Organizer

Template 2 - Story Elements Graphic Organizer

Student needs to learn the elements of a story in order to understand and know what is happening throughout the story. This is one of the most common ways to help students practice there reading comprehension skill. Students can record the main elements of a story in this story elements graphic organizer. Click the picture to download PDF or EDDX files.

Story Elements Graphic Organizer

Template 3 - The 5W's Chart

In order to help students understand a story thoroughly, assign them to complete a 5Ws Chart like below. Complete the chart of who, what, when, where and why. Sometimes you need to add a "How" and make a "5Ws + H chart". The template is editable if you have installed Edraw. If not, a PDF file is provide for immediate download and print.

5Ws Chart

Template 4 - Sequencing Timeline Graphic Organizer

A sequencing timeline is used to record the major events in a sequential order. It's especially helpful when you comprehend an article that is consist of chronological events. You can write the time in the "cloud" shapes and the events in the squares below the clouds.

Sequencing Timeline

Template 5 - Fact and Opinion Chart

This fact and opinion graphic organizer template is prepared for students to differentiate between the facts and the opinions. It's very useful to practice distinguishing between factual statements and opinions, so as to enhance their reading and comprehension ability. You can use this template to present a ppt slide in class.

Fact Opinion

Template 6 - Compare and Contrast Reading Graphic Organizer

This compare and contrast graphic organizer can be used for students to compare and contrasts stories they read. It's designed with the most common and practical style - two overlapping circles with lines. You can download printable PDF for worksheets or export to PPT file and use as presentation.

Compare Contrast

Template 7 - Main Idea Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer

Use this organizer to identify the main idea and important supporting details while reading. Colorful and elaborately designed graphic organizer is your best teaching aid. Save in your computer quickly and spare from searching again next time when you need this kind of chart.

Dolphin Main Idea Details

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