Brainstorming Teacher Resources
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Brainstorming can be more than simply writing down a few ideas. Using the Inspiration Software program, learners visualize the process and learn about linking ideas to form logical relationships. Even without the program, there is still plenty to use here.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Introduce your young writers to visual brainstorming. No matter the type of project, the provided templates will help class members generate and record ideas, organize information, and develop questions for further inquiry. The scripted plan includes templates, directions for the use of the software, models, and adaptations.
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Brainstorming Ideas and Determining Your Position for a Persuasive Essay
Meat eater or vegetarian? Here’s a series of activities that prepare writers for crafting a persuasive essay. Using the included worksheets, the class works together to craft arguments for and against eating meat. They discuss issues (economics, personal freedoms, safety, personal beliefs, environmental impact) and brainstorm support that could be used for either position.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Brainstorm and Plan Arguments in Response to a Prompt
Part of a series of videos that use John Moir’s article, “The Little Owls that Live Underground” as a text, this segment models how to brainstorm and plan arguments for a persuasive letter. Viewers are directed to develop arguments and use evidence from the article to support the provided claim.
9 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Develop an Alternate Ending to a Text by Brainstorming
What if . . .? Is the view of the empty street in front of the White’s house the only possible ending to “The Monkey’s Paw”? The narrator of this short video models for viewers how to use brainstorming to generate possible alternative conclusions to W.
7 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Leave all critics and censors out of this activity, but include all class members in an introduction to two types of brainstorming. The “Seeds” strategy involves listing seeds for a script that grow from something seen, read, dreamed, etc., that sticks in one’s mind.
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Brainstorm Possible Story Ideas for a Response to a Narrative Prompt
Batten down the hatches, there's a storm brewing. Young writers learn how to brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative in the second lesson of this writing series. Watch the video and follow along with the instructor as she explains her thought process for generating writing topics.
6 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Songwriting Skill - Brainstorming Ideas: The Cheetah Girls - “One Love”
Encourage your class members to sing a song of themselves to celebrate their experiences by composing lyrics only they can write. This initial exercise begins with a brainstorming session based on "One World." Class members suggest experiences, feelings, and ideas from their lives triggered by the lyrics from The Cheetah Girls' song.
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Peace Brainstorming Activity
Students study the topic of peace and use brainstorming techniques to create a clustering diagram. In this peace brainstorming activity, students organize brainstorming material to complete a writing assignment. Students create their own story, poem, or essay representative of the brainstorming work they have completed.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Impact of Climate Change on Bees in Eastern Forests: Pollination in Action
Who needs bees? We do! Kids get a chance to understand the pollination process, and the important role bees play in our environment. They play a really great game that shows them how bees normally act versus how bees act when temperatures are warmer than they should be, with the added strain of pesticides thrown in.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the United States
Would I be able to access all areas of the school if I used a wheelchair? Or if I could not see? After brainstorming a list of typical life activities, class members assume the role of a person with a specific disability and consider the barriers to access they would face.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Digital Citizenship Pledge
What does it mean to be a digital citizen? It means being responsible, respectful, and having the same type of behavior one would expect in a classroom setting. The core of this lesson revolves around discussion and brainstorming activities to help learners generate a list of rules or expectations for maintaining good digital citizenship.
3rd - 5th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
New Review EdTech Tuesdays: Be a Connected Educator with Billy Krakower
"Best advice would be, 'Get on Twitter!'" Consider the input of technology instructor Billy Krakower in an interview from the 2014 ISTE conference, who discusses the importance of brainstorming ideas with teachers around the world and becoming a connected educator.
1 min Pre-K - Higher Ed Classroom Support CCSS: Adaptable
Support an Argument
It's time to plan! Brainstorm a persuasive writing assignment with this graphic organizer. Middle schoolers use the organizer to choose a topic, create a stance, and note the argument. They also identify the argument for the opposing side. The activity includes spaces for a topic, argument, and supporting details for both sides of an argument.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Using Waste Heat to Generate Electricity
High school energy enthusiasts will be able to explain how thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry can be used as an alternative way to generate electricity. After some discussion, brainstorming, listening to podcasts, and research, they will zoom in on a specific example of an industry using this method of electricity generation.
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Oh, I Believe in Yesterday
Who is Aimee Mann? Read the New York Times article "P.S. I Loved You," included here, and have your readers answer a series of reading comprehension questions. Afterward, encourage your class to brainstorm ways in which they were influenced by music.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable