It is good to think of our
ideas before we write
. If we do this, we can organize the ideas later,
not as we write
If we try to organize as we
, it gets messy, we get lost, and we get stuck.
Later, we can think
about the order
we will write
the ideas, and what we will focus on
For the mind map, let's write
all our ideas first.
Here is some advice for writing a 'Mind-Map':
( Don't worry
if it seems stupid. Later, you can cross it out! )
Just write the main words.
Make a full sentence later. ) ( Japanese = OK! )
Don't think about anything until after
Click here for a Mind-Map sheet.
'The Straw-Man' is the opposite of our opinion. It is the other side of the arguement. It
is our enemy.
In our essay, we show the
other side, but then prove it wrong. This is like making a
'straw-man' and then burning him.
In the first paragraph after
the topic sentence, we usually show the other side and then,
after that, prove it wrong with our own ideas, examples. or evidence.
We can use compound sentences to do this.
When we make a mind map, we should think of the other side too.
( a little )
Compound sentences have two parts that are like a
sentence ( independent clauses ). The first part can be 'the straw-man'
and the second part can be our opinion. The second part is stronger, or more important.
Look at these examples:
My opinion= Natto smells awful.
The other side (the straw-man)= Natto is healthy.
Some people think natto is
healthy, but the smell is
Although natto is healthy, it
Even though natto is healthy, it
Natto is healthy, however, it smells awful.
Natto is healthy. On the other hand,
it smells awful.
On one hand, natto is healthy
but on the other hand it
Next class we will write once
more about being a member vs. being a leader. This time use a
mind-map, make a straw-man and use compound sentences to prove your
point. Try to write a longer essay using the things you wrote
Heres my example of a mind
map. It took me 2 minutes.