A CONCEPT Diagram is a graphic organizer that assists students in clarifying central concepts in a reading selection and in relating similar or associated information to this key idea.
The CONCEPT diagram is built on these steps:
This sequence of steps provides students with a clear process for organizing and interpreting the content of a reading selection.
- Convey the central idea.
- Offer the overall concept.
- Note any key words.
- Classify characteristics.
- Explore examples (and non-examples).
- Practice with new examples.
- Tie down the definition.
Steps to a CONCEPT Diagram:
- Select a reading text for class discussion.
- Have students identify the overall theme of the document and the major subthemes or concepts that together make up the document.
- Ask students to write down all key words in the selection and then group these terms in logical categories. (This can be an individual or group activity.)
- Encourage students to suggest examples and non-examples of the key terms and concepts identified.
- Have the students produce a final, formal definition of key words and concepts by combining the things they learned when categorizing the words and providing examples.
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- Lenski, Susan D., Wham, Mary Ann, & Johns, Jerry L. (1999). Reading and learning strategies for middle and high school students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
Steps to Create a Concept Diagram