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Using visuals to support patterns in writing

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Started by linda Ojala 29 Aug 2014 10:15am () Replies (4)

Here are some of the ways I have been using the UDL principles to support and frame my writing programme

  • Providing a range of examples and models of different types of writing
  •  Providing multiple models in different ways such as video, audio, diagrams and charts.  Having these  available within the class but also in online spaces so that students can continue to access them for  reference.
  • Explicitly highlighting critical features using colour and visuals to direct student learning
   Visual Support Writing











Fact Visual Support

List developed  as a class

Do you have any visuals to share?

It would be great to hear from others about what you are doing.




  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 23 Sep 2014 10:10am ()

    Hi Linda, 

    Here is a Writers Workshop that shows another way of using visuals to support the writing process with young children. 

    Writers Workshop Video

    Watch the video 

    When considering the UDL Framework while watching this video, I thought it explicitly shows options for comprehension (Checkpoint 3.3) in action. 

    Checkpoint 3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation

    • Give explicit prompts for each step in a sequential process
    • Provide interactive models that guide exploration and new understandings
    • Introduce graduated scaffolds that support information processing strategies
    • Provide multiple entry points to a lesson and optional pathways through content (e.g., exploring big ideas through dramatic works, arts and literature, film and media)
    • “Chunk” information into smaller elements

     I too am keen to see some more examples of using visuals to support the writing process shared here! 

  • linda Ojala (View all users posts) 21 Oct 2014 10:14am ()

    Hi Roxy

    It helpful to actually see teachers in action

    Some points of interest for me were:

    • Variation and choice in planning styles.
    • Collaborative discussion
    • Students working in quite a different range of positions.   I was quite interested in the way that some students were working standing up with work pinned to the wall.
  • linda Ojala (View all users posts) 21 Oct 2014 11:24am ()

    In the classroom I use a lot of Lane Clarks visual frameworks to support understanding through:

    Highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships.   

    UDL Guidelines Check Point 3.2 

    Lane uses thinkchart organisers to:

    • Activate prior knowledge and understandings
    • Reduce cognitive over load with complexity of material presented
    • Active long term memory

    Her organisers offer supporting visuals and sequential steps to guide learners through a process.

    Some  of her frameworks are available for download


    Lane Clark


    It would be great to hear from any teachers using Lane’s visuals.

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