As you can see, using a concept map helps students to visualize the connections between the main ideas and the supporting details. This shift from the textual to the visual will aid comprehension for many students. Concept maps do not have to only be used for paragraphs, but can be expanded to larger pieces of texts, and even for the entire text itself.

Entering "concept maps" into an online search engine will help you and your students locate example of concept maps that can be printed out and filled in. While these may suit your needs, students can also benefit from constructing one of their own. This encourages them to pay closer attention to the relationships between supporting ideas instead of making them fit into a predetermined form.

Fishbone Concept Map Example

Bubble Concept Map Example

Table Concept Map Example