This activity encourages students to draw on inspiration for writing from a variety of sources and to use a variety of organizational techniques to express their ideas.
(1) Brainstorm (individually or in a group) the key ideas of a topic that interests the students.
(2) Model sorting and classifying the ideas and looking for relationships between them. Ideas might be placed on index cards, then physically sorted.
(3) Transfer the ideas to chart paper or project them on the wall.
(4) Draw connecting lines between the concepts, inviting students to make suggestions.
(5) Place words on the connecting lines that explain the relationship between the two concepts (e.g. “is,” “part of,” “leads to,” “is like,” etc.)
(6) Encourage students to revise their Concept Maps until they are satisfied with the categories, relationships and word choices.
(7) Model the process of taking one category and writing it as a paragraph.
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