Open Ended Templates - Notebook

The open canvas is a tool to organize information according to what is being covered in class with the students. Teachers can also use an open canvas to model what they expect students to do in the upcoming task.

Open canvases are mind maps used to organize information according to what is being covered in class with the students. For example, when teachers need to demonstrate how to analyse a story, they can model the 3- or 5-step narrative (depending on the level) to help students understand the structure of the story and thereby help them plan their own text.

There are many models of mind maps. Here are some models that could be used in an ESL class:

Timeline
Cause and effect
Debate (pros and cons)
Narrative (story outline)
Venn Diagram
 

Download a variety of graphic organizers adapted to the IWB. 

 

Resources linked to this article
KWL
Frayer Chart
Venn Diagram
Storyline
Star Organizer
Conceptual Framework
Biography
Responding Newspaper
Inverted Pyramid