I’ve been posting a lot lately about the various elements of an essay starting at the pre-writing stage to writing and revising the rough draft. I’m also in the middle of breaking down the two hardest paragraphs of an essay – the introduction and the conclusion. For the introduction, you’ve got the hook and the map. The conclusion posts will come next week.
In my research for the above posts, I came across a handy-dandy online tool – the Essay Map. It’s a plug-and-play model and not one that you’ll want to count as spitting out a final draft but in terms of organizing your ideas and argument, it looks pretty good.
Has anyone used this tool before? Or do you have a recommendation for something better? Let us know in the comments.
Yesterday I posted a pretty simplistic mind map template but thanks to the help of some fancy software, I’ve got a new one for you folks.
I imagine that the best use of this template will be for those times when you are stumped for ideas. Here’s how I see it being filled out – I’d love to hear your ideas though!
Open Book –> Main topic
Oval & Rounded Rectangle Branches –> Thoughts and observations about the main topic would go in these spots. I created two areas in the event you’re wanting to compare/contrast or if one thought is a sub-idea of the other.
Big Rectangles at the North & South Ends –> Here’s where you’ll jot down overarching themes, issues, etc. that you’ll want to be sure to include in your paper.
Clouds –> Once you’ve got your ideas down, number these clouds in the order of interest, paragraph order, what have you.
Anything you feel is missing? Let me know what you think and how you’re using it!
Hey Lincoln folks,
In preparation for a post about crafting a thesis statement, I created a mind map template. Here’s an example of a completed form using John Okada’s No-No Boy.
I’m not absolutely in love with it so it may be altered a bit. Do you see anything that would make this form easier to use?