In Short

Graphic organizers are great tools for brainstorming. They create a visual map of your thinking, showing pat terns and organization where you might not have expected them. Graphic organizers also keep you focused on your goal, and can clearly point the way to effective solutions and smart decisions.

Skill Building Until Next Time

■ Create a chart the next time you are faced with a decision such as which restaurant to choose or where to go on vacation. Use criteria important to you (such as ambience, service, beach, and museums) to compare and contrast your choices.

■ Practice creating a graphic organizer by looking back over the past year and thinking about a problem you had to solve, such as one involving your car or a job change. Make a web showing the symptoms or causes of the problem and solutions. Brainstorm and include other solutions in addition to the one you originally chose.


Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

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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