Emily Lima

During Reading Strategy


Example: Literary Terms

A jot-chart is a graphic organizer used to outline related information. It organizes data in a two-dimensional matrix with topics/categories/items recorded horizontally and specific questions/characteristics recorded vertically. Jot-charting is helpful for students because it allows them to visualize information regarding ideas, people, events, and processes. It also helps students gather and synthesize information from data-rich reading selections.

Steps to Jot-Charting:

Create a Jot Chart on the whiteboard and produce a print copy for each student. The chart/matrix should be structured as follows:
Main ideas/items for description or analysis are listed across the top of the chart.
Question/characteristics of the main ideas/items are listed down the left side of the chart.

The class will be learning literary terms. I create the following chart on the board and hand out copies of it to each student.

What does this term mean?


What type of writing is it most often found in?


Give an example of this term in use (write your own or find one)

Discuss the purpose of the chart with students before the reading assignment. Give an example of a completed chart to help clarify its functions.

I explain the chart to the students and hand out a completed chart that is similar. Then, I pass out the reading selection. It is a packet of short pieces I have put together by many different authors. Each piece has been selected because it employs the literary terms the students are studying very clearly and effectively.

Have students read the selection and complete the Jot Chart.

Students read packet and complete chart.

Discuss the students' findings and compile the results into a group Jot Chart. Stress the relationships between the data in the chart.

Teacher-led class discussion on what the students found. Create a group Jot Chart with class.

(Activity adapted from __http://www.justreadnow.com/strategies/jot.htm__)