Graphic organizers are so important to teachers and students. They are a great foundation of learning, organizing experience for further hypothesis and learning....use 'em!
We have a powerpoint with all sorts of essential/basic types of organizers. Very handy to use and put up on the board with a screen (so you can write on them). Also, go HERE for other graphic organizers to download! This page also has a great overview of organizers and the types/uses for EFL / ESL. Brain Pop too, has loads of simple graphic organizers in pdf to download.
I made this handy, large K W L organizer that could be useful for some teachers.
Plan to show a video. Before, ask what students Know about the topic. Get them to brainstorm in the K row
Next ask student what they want to know/learn about the topic. Get them to brainstorm in the W row
Finally, watch the video. After, ask students what they learned. Get them to brainstorm what they learned.
Alternatively, you can do all these steps as a whole class and not just groups.
I got inspired to design this very simple lesson after attending Annie Griffith's plenary at Mextesol. https://www.anniegriffiths.com/
She showed slides of her photos from all over the world and urged us teachers to get students thinking about the world and answering questions, keeping their curiosity alive.
So use this template for students to write down a question to answer (teacher provides or use the questions in this presentation). Then students research and come back and tell the class the answer. Make sure to leave time for further questions!