Brainstorming with Graphic Organizers


In this lesson, you will learn how to use some of the most effective graphic organizers for brainstorming. Graphic organizers include word webs, Venn diagrams, and concept maps.

Afteryou recognize and define the real problems and decisions you face, you must begin to develop viable, effective solutions. Brainstorming is a critical thinking skill that helps to do that by coming up with as many ideas as possible with no judgment being made during the process. Perhaps you have brainstormed before when you needed to get thoughts together to solve a problem or complete a writing assignment. You took out a piece of paper and made a list of ideas, or possible solutions. Then what?

While lists can be good for simply recording information, they do not help you organize your thoughts very well. Instead, try arranging your ideas or taking the information from an existing brainstorming list and putting them in the form of a graphic (visual) organizer. By visually arranging the information, you create a sort of map of your thoughts. And a map helps to point the way toward effective decisions and solutions.

Why are graphic organizers more effective than lists?

■ They are a meaningful display of complex information.

■ They help you to see patterns and organization in your thinking.

■ They help you gather and compress information.

■ They keep you focused on your goal.

■ They show what you know and what you still need to find out.

■ They help you understand and interpret your thoughts and ideas.

The types of graphic organizers covered in this lesson are:

■ concept map: explores a simple topic or problem

■ webbing: helps determine possible solutions for problems that have more than one cause or symptom

■ Venn diagram: finds solutions by showing common ground between two or more causes or symptoms of a problem

■ chart: compares and contrasts two or more elements

■ problem/solution outline: helps delineate a problem, including its causes and effects, while producing possible solutions and outcomes to those solutions

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To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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