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Using Mind Maps For ESL Writing

Using Mind Maps For ESL Writing

Students create a mind map to brainstorm ideas based on a creative writing prompt. Then, they write about the topic using their mind maps.

Level:  Any

Topic:  Creative Writing

Time:  30 minutes

Preparation

  • One unlined sheet of A4 size paper for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Handout for the teacher.
  • Create an example mind map or make one copy of the Key for the teacher.

Procedure

1

Give each student a piece of A4 paper.

2

Choose one of the creative writing prompts from the Handout and write it on the board. Ask the students to write the prompt in the center of their paper.

3

Explain the concept of a mind map for brainstorming.


Simply write what comes to mind.

There is no wrong answer.

Draw lines from the main topic to a subtopic.

Try not to write sentences, just one or two word ideas.

4

Draw an example on the board so students get a clearer idea. Use your own example or the example from the Key.

5

Give students 10 minutes to fill out their mind maps.

6

After the 10 minutes, put students in pairs to discuss their mind maps.

Extended Practice

Ask students to use their mind maps to write about the topic. 

Printable Worksheets

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Handout
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Key
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