Quadrant Charts can be used in a variety of ways. They are tools for organizing data, information, facts, and skills.
They can be used in all areas of the curriculum. I even use them to frame out my lesson plans each week.
In vocabulary we use them to categorize words by parts of speech. This helps your brain remember words better. Our brains like groups and clusters of things because then the brain associates that word (or idea) with other words like it.
Specifically, we use it in conjunction with the Think and Search Strategy, a comprehension and active reading strategy. If you start noticing the patterns of word endings as you generate your Quadrant Chart, you’ll realize that certain types of speech have very specific endings…
Down load a copy a Quadrant Chart by clicking below. (No labels are included on purpose. This way you can use this chart to meet your study needs for purposes outside of the ELA classroom.
How to Use the Quadrant Chart
Label each quadrant with a part of speech: Upper Left – Nouns, Upper Right – Adjectives, Lower Left – Verbs, Lower Right – Adverbs
Get familiar with the current vocabulary list (after making flashcards) and categorize your vocabulary by parts of speech.
Write each word in the appropriate part of speech. Be sure to include words in multiple boxes if they can be used as multiple parts of speech.
Use the grouped words to study them, create sentence with them, apply them in your everyday writing like your Quote of the Week, literary responses, Questions of the Week, and anywhere else you can practice using these words.
Quadrant Charts will also be used in conjunction with the Think and Search strategy used in vocabulary.
I encourage you to try using the Quadrant Chart in other subject areas like social studies, science, and health. Information learned in class can always be classified into cartegories. The categories you identify can then serve as the label p;ace at the top of each quadrant.
Study one quadrant at a time and visualize the location of the information on the page. Although the information differs from vocabulary, the process of using this graphic organizer as a study tool is the same.