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20. Module 3 continued.

3. ‘Y-Notes’ graphic organisers 


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The ‘layers of inference diagram’ referred to earlier in this module is just one type of graphic organiser which can be used to encourage your students to think deeply about the information contained in historical documents. We often want students to compare historical sources and identify their similarities and differences. Whilst Venn diagrams can be useful for this, it can sometimes be difficult for the students to fit everything they want to write into the intersecting circles. This is where a ‘Y-notes’ graphic organiser can be useful.


Print out the ‘Y-notes’ graphic organiser.  

Read Sources A and B which both give accounts of an outbreak of cholera in Gateshead in 1831. Write down all of the key points from Source A on the top left-hand side of the ‘Y-notes’ graphic organiser and write down all of the key points from Source B on the top right-hand side. Next look through the top sections and write anything that appears on both sides into the bottom section of the graphic organiser (the stem of the Y) and cross it out in the top section. You will now easily be able to see how the sources differ (the differences will be in the top sections) and how they are similar (the similarities will be in the bottom section). 

Source A: 

Source B: 


Have you come across the ‘Y-notes’ graphic organiser before? Do you think it is something your students might find useful to draw out the similarities and differences from historical documents?