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Brainstorming Techniques. What is “Brainstorming?”. After you have done some pre-writing (TPAG!) to figure out your focus Writing down any idea that comes into your head when you think about your topic (words, phrases, symbols, etc.). Methods.

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what is brainstorming
What is “Brainstorming?”
  • After you have done some pre-writing (TPAG!) to figure out your focus
  • Writing down any idea that comes into your head when you think about your topic (words, phrases, symbols, etc.)
methods
Methods
  • A few of them: Unstructured list, Structured list, Four squares, Web, Timeline, Venn diagram
  • Discussed here are two frequently-used types: webbing and Venn diagrams
webbing
Webbing
  • Webbing is a way to see what you know about a topic.
  • Webbing can be used for just about any type of writing.
webbing 1
Webbing (1)
  • Start with a bubble in the center of the page, then write your thesis statement (main idea) in the bubble

Mr. T is the best teacher ever

webbing 2
Webbing (2)
  • Add supporting evidence or information around the edges in connected bubbles.

Awesome musician

Funny

Mr. T is the best teacher ever

Gives easy work

Cool room

webbing 3
Webbing (3)
  • Go back around and explain why your evidence makes your thesis true.

Makes up songs about school; easy to remember

Awesome musician

Makes class interesting

Want to pay attention

Funny

Mr. T is the best teacher ever

Weird voices help me remember

Want to go to class

Can focus on material

Gives easy work

Cool room

High avg.

Lots of information

venn diagram
Venn Diagram
  • A Venn diagram is used to help visualize the similarities and differences between two subjects.
  • Venn diagrams are very useful when brainstorming a compare/contrast essay
venn diagramm 1
Venn Diagramm (1)
  • Start with the two topics you’re comparing in overlapping circles.

JFK

Bill Clinton

venn diagramm 2
Venn Diagramm (2)
  • Write similarities in the overlapping space.

President

Popular

Good hair

Popular wife (?)

JFK

Bill Clinton

venn diagramm 3
Venn Diagramm (3)
  • Write differences in the non-overlapping space.

Started space program

Almost impeached

President

Popular

Good hair

Popular wife

Bill Clinton

JFK

Assassinated

Still alive

overcoming mental blocks
Overcoming mental blocks
  • If you can’t think of ideas to add to your brainstorm, here’s two tips:
  • 1) Get detailed! Think about the 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) and how they relate to your topic.
  • 2) Pretend you have a 2-year-old nearby and keep asking “Why?” - Why did I pick this topic? Why might others find it interesting? Why did someone create the topic in the first place? Why do I think my main idea is a good one?