Jot Charting provides students with a simple outlining tool for organizing related information. The Jot Chart is especially effective for visualizing information regarding ideas, people, events, and processes.
The Jot Chart organizes data in a two-dimensional matrix with topics/categories/items recorded horizontally and specific questions/characteristics recorded vertically This tool helps students gather and synthesize information from data-rich reading selections.
Steps to Jot Charting:
Create a Jot Chart on the chalkboard or on an overhead transparency or 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 ther chart.
Question/characteristics of the main ideas/items are listed down the left side of the chart.
Discuss the purpose of the chart with students before the reading assignment. Give an example of a completed chart to help clarify its functions.
Have students read the selection and complete the Jot Chart.
Discuss the students' findings and compile the results into a group Jot Chart. Stress the relationships between the data in the chart.
Vacca, R.D., Vacca J. (1995). Content area reading. (5th. Ed.). Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.