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Brainstorming Graphic Organizers Study Guide (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 19, 2011

Tip

When you brainstorm, write for another five minutes even if you think you've run out of ideas. Only then should you begin to think through the ideas and narrow the list.

Roadblock to Brainstorming with Graphic Organizers

If you ever have trouble visualizing your problem or its solutions on graphic organizers, you may not have clearly defined your problem. It's virtually impossible to organize the information until you have a real understanding of what you're trying to achieve.

In Short

Graphic organizers are great tools for brainstorming. They create visual maps of your thinking, showing patterns and processes where you might not have expected them. Graphic organizers also keep you focused on your objectives, and can clearly point the way to effective solutions and smart decisions.

Skill Building Until Next Time

  • Create a chart the next time you're deciding which restaurant to go to or where to spend your vacation. Compare criteria that's important to you, like ambience, service, food choices, beaches, child-friendly, shopping, and museums.
  • Think of a problem you had to solve this past year. Make a web showing its causes and solutions, including not only the solution you actually used but many other possible ones.

Exercises for this concept can be found at Brainstorming Graphic Organizers Practice Exercises.

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