The expository activities should help students to write strong essays and to be interactive.
In this article we’ll show you how to use mind maps for essay writing.
In the map below, you’ll see that — based on our initial brainstorming session — we chose as the topic of our paper.
For our research map, we wrote this topic in the center and created individual branches for each secondary source we read.
Once you have a few good ideas for the subject of your paper, you can start weighing them against each other, noting down pros and cons. You’ll see various famous writers of this time mentioned in the map, as well as various aspects of their work that could be examined in a paper, such as the symbolism, dramatic conflicts or themes.
While working through both primary and secondary sources, it’s quite easy to get confused about the numerous arguments and counterarguments mentioned by the different authors.
Teachers can be "interactive" through the whole writing process, which means discussion with the whole class and small groups.
For example, teachers can create a menu to choose from in the classroom for topics, organizational patterns and graphic organizers.
Students may have written this type of essay in the past and not even known it.
For example, student may have written a research paper, report, 5 paragraph essay, definitions, instructions, etc.