Three column charts


  • [This description is adapted from "Why didn't I learn this in College?" by Paula Rutherford.]
  • Oft-used and well-loved KWL charts are one example of a three-column chart. These charts can be used to help students organize information and check for understanding.Give students time to make the chart in their notebooks and be sure they label the topic and column titles correctly. For brainstorming, you may want to emphasize quantity rather than quality.


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  1. EduPlace 3-column chart (pdf file)
  2. TeacherVision 3-column chart (printable)
  3. ReadingQuest strategies (many possibilities here)
  4. Enchanted Learning (many types of graphic organizers)