Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming ToolsToday, I am running a workshop about using mind mapping and brainstorming tools to help students meet some of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts. Below are some of the tools that we will be using today. On a related note, if you're interested in having me come to your school or facilitate a virtual workshop, please click here for more information. Popplet is a great service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services. Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. Realtime Board is a new online tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions. Inkflow is an iPad app for visual thinkers who like to sketch to process what they're hearing, seeing, and learning.
Peer ReviewGrades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson And in Conclusion: Inquiring into Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions While drafting a literary analysis essay (or another type of argument) of their own, students work in pairs to investigate advice for writing conclusions and to analyze conclusions of sample essays. They then draft two conclusions for their essay, select one, and reflect on what they have learned through the process. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit Reading Shakespeare's The Tempest through a Postcolonial Lens Students take a postcolonial perspective on the portrayal of Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest by comparing it to a modern adaptation of the play. Analyzing the Rhetoric of Corporate Logos across Time Students think critically about how design elements in logos work together to tell a changing story about a company or product in this visual rhetoric lesson. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson Collaborative Stories 2: Revising