Mind Mapping is a way of taking notes while sort of creating a picture. The importance here is color chunking.
1) You start with the main concept you're taking notes about in the center of the page [paper turned horizontally]. Usually we have the students draw a picture for that main concept as well. You'll see below that I drew a feather pen for Shakespeare.
2) Then you add the first "branch". The branch goes from thick to thin. When you write the word on the branch, the word needs to take up the whole length of the branch.
3) Then any additional information belonging to that branch gets added on. STICK WITH THE SAME COLOR. Each branch is its own color.
4) The next branch, or sub-point, is a different color. All ideas associated with that branch remain that same color.
Below you'll see a mind map I'm going to have my students do for Shakespeare. They'll take notes about Shakespeare by creating this Mind Map and using the color chunking method.
My attempt at the Shakespeare Mind Map. I'm sure the kids' will look better :)
Hope this gives you another idea for taking notes. Sometimes it's nice to just mix it up and keep the students interested & on their toes!
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