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Building a Concept Map. What is a concept map?. A concept map is a technique used to organize information or thoughts. Why create concept maps?. Concept maps allow you to organize lots of information into a form that is easily understood.

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What is a concept map
What is a concept map?

  • A concept map is a technique used to organize information or thoughts.


Why create concept maps
Why create concept maps?

  • Concept maps allow you to organize lots of information into a form that is easily understood.

  • Concept maps allow you to visualize connections within the information.

  • Concept maps provide you a way to organize your thoughts onto paper.


When do i create a concept map
When do I create a concept map?

  • Whenever you need to organize information - this can vary from person to person.

  • If you find concept maps useful, then use them. If you find them confusing, modify them so they become useful to you - asking questions can help you with this process.


How do i create concept maps
How do I create Concept Maps?

Step 1

  • Start by placing your Main Idea in the center circle or graphic.


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How do I create Concept Maps?

Step 2

  • Make a list of all possible items you want to include in your map.

  • Highlight all of the Large Topics.

  • Place the highlighted topics in circles around the center circle or graphic.

  • Draw lines to connect each of the Large Topics to the center, Main Idea.


Step 2 looks like this
Step 2 looks like this:

Large topic

Large topic

Large topic

Large topic


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How do I create Concept Maps?

Step 3

  • List the Subtopics that are part of each Large Topic.

  • Place these Subtopics into the next set of circles or graphics out from the Large Topic they are related to.

  • Draw lines to connect each of the Subtopics to their Large Topic.


Step 3 looks like this:

subtopics

Large topic

Large topic

subtopics

Large topic

Large topic

subtopics

subtopics


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How do I create Concept Maps?

Step 4

  • Check the connections on your map. If you think something should be in a different place, move it.

  • Make sure you have at least two Subtopics for every Large Topic listed!!


What if i don t get it
What if I don’t get it?

  • If you are having problems, try working in reverse.

  • Start with the most specific information and divide it into broader topics until you reach the center circle.

  • If you are still having problems, ask for assistance.


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