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Castel del Monte (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

 

 Idea Maps for Technical and Creative Writing

  1. Start with a blank sheet.  In the center of the sheet write down a word or phrase that is central to your Big Idea. 
  2. A simple drawing of the concept may do.  Around the Big Idea place Eight Key Points. 
  3. Allow room for writing, and for adding another level of Detail Points.  Use a Priority List to help select your Key Points.  Label these. 
  4. If you have more or less than Eight Key Points, fit them in. 
  5. Consider each Key Point.  List Eight Detail Points for each Key Point.  
  6. Look for Points of Coincidence.  Draw lines joining these Aligned Points, and then add an off-shoot branch for notes. 
  7. Repeat this process to explore or expand any Idea or Point.

    

 

Essay Writing Under Pressure:  A Strategy

 

1. Say what you are going to say.
2. Say what you have to say.
3. Say what you have said.

 

  1. List as many points as possible in sixty seconds.

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z….

  1. Number these points according to their relative importance.

13a, 14b, 8c, 2d, 9e, 3f, 5g, 7h, 15i, 10j, 11k, 16l, 12m, 1n, 6o, 4p, 17q ….

         

  1. Sort related points into groups, for paragraphs.

(5, 8, 1)    (7, 2, 13)    (6, 10)    (4, 3, 9)   (11, 12, 17) ….

  1. Organize these paragraph plans to tell a story: beginning, middle, end.

A (5, 8, 1).   B (6, 10).   C (4, 3, 9).   D (7, 2, 13).   E (11, 12, 17) ….

  1. Order the points for each paragraph, from most to least important.

A (1, 8, 5).   B (10, 6).   C (4, 3, 9).    D (2, 7, 13).   E (12, 17, 11) ….

  1. In point form, state your conclusions based on this story.
  • This, that, and the other thing together is a problem for all of us.
  • Six of one, plus half a dozen of another, does not equal twelve.
  • There’s good and evil in everyone, but it can’t always be seen.
  1. In point form, rephrase your conclusions to craft an introduction.
    1. On the topic of good things happening to bad people, I believe that:
    2. There’s good and evil in everyone, but it can’t always be seen.
    3. Six of one, plus half a dozen of another, does not equal twelve.
    4. This, that, and the other thing together is a problem for all of us.
  1. Write paragraphs following the points you have organized.
  1. Double space lines, and leave wide margins, to have room for insertions.
  1. Read each sentence aloud (sub-vocally) to hear punctuation points.
  1. Read each sentence aloud (sub-vocally) to hear the sense of it.
  1. Insert punctuation, words, phrases, and sentences as required.
  1. Submit ALL of your written notes with your finished essay, as part of it.

 

 


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