1. Identify the general/broad topic that you are interested in.
Example: You are interested in the general topic of obesity
2. Brainstorm on the general topic and list all the concepts and themes that are related to the topic on a large piece of paper. Keep the concepts as concise as possible.
Reasons or causes of
More fast food
More TV viewing
Sedentary life style
Low work productivity
Poor emotional health
Physical fitness at work
Less fast food
Little physical exercise
Too much sugar
How to prevent
Physical fitness in school
Walk or pedal to work
3. Using unlined paper, write the main theme in the center of the page.
4. Take the other concepts identified in the brainstorming and connect them to the center concept. You can use other organizational patterns such as branches, arrows or groups. More important ideas should be put nearer to the center and less important ones closer to the edge. Identify the relationship between the concepts.
5. After the map has been created, look at the organizational patterns to see if the pieces fit together and make sense and if there is anything missing. After the map has been created, look at the organizational patterns to see if the pieces fit together and make sense and if there is anything missing.
Source: USU Merrill-Cazier Library