is a method of visually representing relationships among ideas,
concepts or events. During this procedure, ideas and information
are explored and organized. The resulting web or pattern of relationships
is determined by the participants' knowledge and previous experiences,
and by the purpose for webbing.
is its purpose?
develop students' ability to perceive relationships among ideas,
concepts or events
generate and organize ideas prior to, or after, reading, writing
encourage students to recall prior knowledge and experiences
increase students' knowledge and vocabulary in all subjects
can I do it?
to be webbed must be relevant to classroom learning experiences
and students' interests.
topic or title should be charted or displayed.
a brainstorming session
during which students are encouraged to verbalize ideas and understandings
related to the topic.
the relationships among the various ideas and collaboratively
determine how the ideas could be organized or categorized.
the ideas in clusters or categories around the displayed topic
students become familiar with this strategy, they may create webs
prior to writing, or before and after they read, research
Education English Language Arts, June 1992)
can I adapt it?
can reveal the extent of students' knowledge about topics of study
or interest. This process can guide the preparation and planning
of instruction and units of study.
use of this strategy following a unit of study or research informs
students and teachers what has been learned.
can provide an outline for students' narrative or expository writing.
can be used to show the interrelationships among story plot, characters,
setting and theme.
& Evaluation Considerations
students' ability to relate ideas and concepts.
students' use of this strategy to generate and organize ideas
during reading, writing and researching activities.