T-charts are used in school applications for many things. You can find them in language arts classes as well as higher level mathematics classes. Creating a T-chart for your class is simple, and once the students learn how to make one, they can use it as a tool for their writing or math work.

Fold a piece of paper lengthwise.

Open the paper and draw a line along the crease.

Draw a line at a right angle to the line drawn in step 2. This line should be made about 1 inch from the top of the paper. This is going to be the title line.

Use the T-chart to organize thoughts for a writing assignment. On one half, write advantages, or pros, and write disadvantages, or cons, on the other side. Below each heading, have the students write the good and bad points of an argument for a position paper. This is a good way to determine which stance the paper should take. The side with more information is the position from which to write an opinion paper.

Use the T-chart for math class by putting the values for x in the right hand column. Insert each x value into the equation and the result will be the value you put into the left hand column under the heading of y values. For example if your equation is y = 2x and you have 0, 2, and 3 for x values, you would multiply each by two and get for the respective y values 0, 4, and 6.