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Mapping a Topic

by Unknown User on 2018-05-04T15:33:00-04:00 | 0 Comments


The class contributes to the creation of a concept map that shows how a variety of sources contribute to robust learning of a topic.

Activity Time:

50-75 Minutes

Learning Goals: 

By visualizing information in a form such as a concept map, students will see that information from a variety of sources enhances one’s understanding of a topic. 

Description/Lesson Plan:

  • Prior to the start of class, the instructor develops a basic concept map on a topic, either on a white/chalkboard or a large poster board. The map can be as simple as a circle with the main topic in the middle and subtopics branched off around the circle. 
  • In class, students are divided into small groups and asked to find information on the main topic and subtopics (direct students to search library resources, such as Credo Reference and Castleton OneSearch). Students will write a brief summary of their findings on a Post-It! Note and stick it under the appropriate topic or subtopic. 
  • At the end of the time allocated for the search activity, each group reports their 'findings' back to the class.  The instructor facilitates the discussion about the topic using the information provided by the students. The instructor has the opportunity to provide and add missing information that could make for stronger connections to the topic. The instructor can ask groups to summarize the topic using examples provided on the Post It! Notes. 

Resources and Attachments: 

Teaching Tips: 

Be sure to remind students that it’s one source per Post-It! Note. The instructor can color code the subtopics of the concept map and use similar color Post It! Notes as visual cues for students. The map can be used more than once in class, especially if the topic is going to be covered over the course of many class periods. Information and sources can be added to the map over the course of the topic being covered in class or over the course of the semester.  Students could also be asked to create their own concepts maps as they research a topic over the semester.

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