a flow chart items are organized in a sequence. Flow charts have
may be a chain of cause and effect, explaining a process.
may organize past events in a time sequence, recounting what happened.
may show a series of steps, forming instructions.
may be a sequence of reasons, forming an argument.
flow charts are combinations of chains, forks, and loops.
use flow charts in the classroom?
plan an explanation, a procedure (instructions), a recount
(such as a news story), a narrative, or an argument. (More about
visual planning can be found here.)
summarize an explanation, a procedure, a recount, a narrative,
or an argument. (More about visual summaries can be found
of topics that suit flow charts include the water cycle, life
cycles, how products are made, where a certain food comes from,
preparation for a debate, how machines work, and so on. Flow charts
are in fact one of the most useful and adaptable visual texts
in the classroom.
visual texts to compare with this one:
following two visual texts are often confused with flow charts:
arrows (or lines) to organize
facts in groups and subgroups. (An example is a family tree.)
arrows to link participants showing how they are connected. (An
example is a food web.)
and web diagrams are "fixed" and show relationships, whereas
flow charts show something "moving" through a system.
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