Create Discvoer Skill 3: Organize information as you gather.

Now that you have gathered your research using a note-taking method, it is time to organize your facts. This is for two reasons: to make sure that you have enough information, and to make sure that you understand your research before you start creating your product.

Outlining Comparing and contrasting Sequencing
Teacher Resources Research Glossary
Teacher Resources Research Glossary

Outlining is often used as a pre-writing strategy AFTER you have gathered research notes. However, this method can also be used to organize main ideas and details AS you gather information from a source.

2-4skills essay This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas.
  outlines Tim and Moby introduce you to the basics of making an outline. Learn about this important pre-writing step as you find out how to sort, organize, and classify information into distinct categories.
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Try using one of these Outline forms to gather important information from a source.

Comparing and Contrasting

This method works best when you need to compare two or more topics. For example, if you were researching the children of today and the children who lived 100 years ago, comparing and contrasting is a great way to organize your research.

k2skills compare movie A quick review of what it means to compare and contrast.
k2tools fuelbrain An easy way to make a two or three circle Venn Diagram.
  paper Try using this Venn DIagram to to organize information if you are comparing and contrasting.
2-4skills read_fiction_nonfiction In this Safari Montage video, you will learn how to recognize compare and contrast text structure.
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This interactive tool allows you to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles to compare and contrast information.

  computerpaper Venn Diagram no lines Try using one of these Venn Diagrams.


This method is designed to put events or facts in order. For example, if you were researching a day in the life of someone, you could you a sequence chart or timeline to list the facts in chronological order (by date) as they happened. If you are researching a process, like how to plant a garden, you could use a sequence chain to explian steps in the process in order. After each video review, find different tools that can help you with sequencing.

k2skills sequence bpjr In this movie, you'll learn how to identify sequence in different types of writing. Find how sequencing helps order events or steps in an informational piece of writing.

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Try using one of these Sequence Chain organizers.
2-4skills sequence writing Tim and Moby will teach you how to write in sequence, so that you can write about events or steps in a process in the correct order.
24tools quia sequence quiz Practice putting together a snowman to determine how to sequence events.
  computerpaper sequence tool Try using one of these Sequence organizers.
Go to the next skill for the Discover step: Collaborate with others.
Teacher Resources

Thinkport--offers a collection of pre-formatted graphic organizers that you can integrate into activities and lesson plans or use by themselves.

Education Oasis--presents 58 organizers that are PDF, including text connection graphics.

Holt Interactive--these graphic organizers are editable PDFs. general printable graphic organizers.

Eduplace--Houghton Mifflin's site of graphic organizers.

YouTube--Sorting notes in research.

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