What is a graphic organizer?
A Graphic Organizer is a chart of one, two or three columns (or as many as are deemed fitting), where you can graphically represent your ideas.  Use it to generate, plan, and organize thoughts when given a written assignment.

Why should you use a graphic organizer?
Using a graphic organizer when preparing to write will give you a place to visualize your thinking and can help you plan and organize your writing.  If you are unsure where to go in an essay, it can help you decide what you'll want to say and how you'll want to say it.