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Brainstorming for Essays Worksheet

PDF | 2 pages|Grades: 5 - 6

A worksheet to practice using Venn diagrams, mind maps, and cause and effect maps to brainstorm for various essays.

Brainstorming is a vital part of the writing process and an excellent way for students to get their ideas on paper. Unfortunately, most students want to skip this step and move directly into the writing piece. Why is this? Because most students don’t know HOW to brainstorm! It is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced, just like anything else.

Use this worksheet to practice using Venn diagrams, mind maps, and cause and effect maps to brainstorm for various essays. For this activity, students are given three different essay topics that they must create a brainstorming graphic organizer for. This can be done as an individual, small group, or whole class activity!


This resource was created by Madison Schmalz-Barrett, a teacher in California and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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