Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Language Arts Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings

Graphic organizers are a powerful tools for language arts. Students can use them to plan an essay, compare and contrast characters, detail the sequence of a story, explore the meanings of a word, and much more.

There are many tools for creating and using graphic organizers, but one great option is Google Drawings. Some benefits include:
  • Loads of ways to add images, shapes, connectors, text, and more
  • Easy to collaborate with partners or for a whole class brainstorming activity
  • Final product can be shared as is, or can be exported in several formats
  • It’s free!
Recently I created a new batch of graphic organizers in Drawings that are aimed at language arts. All of these are freely available for use. Just click the links below to get your own copy to use and edit however you need.

Here’s my list of language arts related graphic organizer templates:

Word Study Diagram - Google Drawing link

Compare and Contrast - Google Drawing link

Fishbone Diagram - Google Drawing link

6-step Sequence - Google Drawing link

4-step Sequence - Google Drawing link

3-step Sequence - Google Drawing link

Cause and Effect 1 - Google Drawing link

Cause and Effect 2 - Google Drawing link

Story Map 1 - Google Drawing link

Story Map 2 - Google Drawing link

Character Description - Google Drawing link

Question Chart - Google Drawing link

Sandwich Chart - Google Drawing link

Main Idea and Details - Google Drawing link

These are part of a much larger set of graphic organizers I have made over time. You can access and copy all of them (about 40 or so at the moment) through this link:

Graphic Organizer Templates - Google Drive folder link

If you want to learn more about how to create your own graphic organizers with Google Drawings, feel free to check out my training resources below:

Post by Eric Curts. Connect with Eric on Twitter at twitter.com/ericcurts and on Google+ at plus.google.com/+EricCurts1


  1. These are great! Thank you for creating these!

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  3. Fantastic! I'm sharing with my teachers!
    Thank you

  4. Thank you Eric! I also want to tell you I like the way your site looks, very clear!

  5. Thanks for creating and sharing these Google Drawings!

  6. These are terrific. I cannot thank you enough for sharing!

  7. These are wonderful! You are making my life easier. Do you have access or have you created a plot diagram? I'm looking for something that has exposition, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action and resolution that could be directly accessed and written upon, in google docs. Thanks so very much!

  8. What a fabulous resource! Glad to follow your blog! Thanks so much for the generous sharing.

  9. I am very interested in exploring your templates. They sound like a great time saver but the link for your Google Organizer Template folder does not appear to be working. Please help!

    1. My Drive has been acting odd lately so that my shared resources are not always available. I contacted Google support and I think everything is ok now. Please check again and let me know if you have any difficulty opening the resources now.

    2. Wow awesome!! Love these. Thank you!

  10. Hi Eric, I am trying to check out your templates...I can look at each one individually but am not able to access the folder. Thanks so much for sharing all of your work...love your videos, document tutorials and slide shows. You have put a ton of work into all of your resources. THANKS!!!

  11. Your site is amazing! Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing these resources with us.

  12. Thank you - great info!! I just discovered your site/resource this morning --- very (very) helpful! Karen

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