Spotlight on Strategies
Why Are Thinking Maps an Effective Route for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
Circle Maps are used for brainstorming, defining in context, and connecting how ideas are related. Templates are provided to students for visual reminders, but they create maps independently (on Paper or on a Google Drawing).
Double Bubble Map
Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing and contrasting ideas. Templates are provided to students for visual reminders, but they create maps independently (on Paper or on a Google Drawing).
Flee Maps are a combination of a Tree Map and a Flow Map. ideas are categorized and expanded upon.Templates are provided to students for visual reminders, but they create maps independently (on Paper or on a Google Drawing).
Double Bubble Map
A Standards Connection
Many times special education students, especially English Language Learners, struggle to make written connections to the material they have learned. Below is an example of a grade level standard as well as standards from younger grades, which are often used to help bridge ability level to grade level standard exposure.
High School Standard and Spiraled-down Standards:
12.W.05 - I can plan, revise, edit, and rewrite while focusing on what is necessary for the audience and purpose of a written work
V-W-3:1: Generating and organizing ideas before writing and maintain a record of ideas (e.g. brainstorming, listing, journaling, webbing, etc.).
V-W-3:2: Using a variety of organizational strategies (e.g., outline, chart, table, graph, Venn diagram, web, story map, plot line, thinking maps, etc.)
V-W-3:6: Sequencing ideas into a cohesive, meaningful order.
V-W-3:9: Adding transitional words and phrases to the draft in order to clarify meaning.
Example: From Concept to Completion
Students will also be shown how the teachers of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf have implemented Thinking Maps.
Students will be given a copy of their "Self Awareness" Portfolio requirements as well as a completed example.
A "Non-ELA" Challenge...
The Flee Map (pictured above) is a manipulation of a standard map. ELA classes at PDSD use a modified circle map when new vocabulary is encountered. Therefore, expanding beyond the basic structure of the 8 established maps, is there a way to manipulate the maps to meet the needs of your curriculum?
Here is a link to a Pinterest page that may inspire you, have fun!
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