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Creating a concept map not only helps learners organize their information, but it's fun, too! Although this resource is designed as a guide to use along with Inspiration® software, you may find the visuals useful on their own. Using the pre-made diagram, explore fantastic research tools with your class including symbols, text, images, hyperlinks, outlining, and even a multimedia presentation manager. An example gives kids a great model of this process.
Concept mapping allows learners to visually display their research. Bring this skill into the 21st century with a lesson demonstrating the educational software program, Inspiration. While the lesson is useful independently, it is really intended to guide learners through the program. Learners use images, text, and hyperlinks, reorganizing as needed. Finally, they use a program to create an oral presentation.
Study the elements of the mystery genre. Your elementary schoolers explore pre-writing strategies and organize process outlines. They explore graphic organizers, specifically concept maps, as tools to capture and organize ideas before defining a list of mysterious words. Examples include alibi, culprit, and sleuth.
In this lesson, learners read Down on the Farm and discuss differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. Then divide pupils into groups and give each group a farm animal to further research. Books are suggested for the various groups to look through and gather facts from. These facts can then be organized into a concept map using Kidspiration software and presented to the class.
After reading and discussing examples of personal narratives, groups of students highlight elements of the text that emphasize setting, conflict and private thoughts. Class members then work independently to create a concept map of a scene from their own lives. Next, they write the scene incorporating these elements of narrative writing. Finally, they proceed through stages of the writing process and practice peer revision.
Kindergartners read the African folktale A Story, A Story and then rewrite it using a story map. They also answer questions about the characters, setting, and major events using concept mapping, cubing, and journal prompts. Work on sequencing and elements of a story with your young readers.
Designed to solidify learners' knowledge of the form and elements of epic poetry, this resource could easily be expanded to create a more creative and engaging activity. English students review several excerpts from classic epic poems such as The Odyssey and The Iliad before preparing an argument about modern examples of non-poetic epics. This resource is missing almost all necessary links; use this as an excuse to add your own flair!
After reading the Declaration of Independence, the Speech to the Virginia Convention, and The Crisis, No. 1, class members discuss the ideas in and structure of these famous documents. Groups focus on either the purpose, tone, diction, persuasive techniques, or organization of the documents. Using the jigsaw format, they share their knowledge with the other groups. Finally, the whole class creates a concept map comparing the three readings.