Printable Graphic Organizer: Visual Cluster Organizer

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Visual Cluster Diagram

The cluster diagram is a graphic organizer that writers use to prepare any type of writing--essays, research, reports, scientific or business writing, stories, and presentations.

The cluster allows for writers to visualize their thinking by grouping ideas in a visual manner. Similar and supporting ideas are grouped together and can be color coded to appeal to visual thinkers.

Cluster diagrams are also called: trees, maps, webs, mind maps, word webs, clouds, and diagram maps.

What is a graphic organizer?

A graphic organizer is a visual tool that writers use when planning a piece of writing. There are many styles of graphic organizers such as: outline, 5Ws, Venn diagram, 3 column notes, visual cluster, inverted triangle, KWL (know, want to know, learn), plot diagram, and there are many more.

Different graphic organizers tend to appeal to different writers. For example, some writers use only the traditional outline for all of their planning needs, while others will switch between organizers depending on the writing style.

How can writers use graphic organizers?

Writers use graphic organizers in the planning stage of the writing process, which is just after the brainstorming stage. Take the valuable information from the brainstorming and add it to the graphic organizer. This process allows writers to keep their important information which can be used in writing the first draft.

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