Sometimes coming up with an idea or topic for your project is the hardest part. Other times, you may have a great main idea, but you need some help organizing your thoughts and ideas on it. Brainstorming is the first step in launching any project.
By writing out your thoughts and ideas on a subject, you can then start to organize them in a coherent, meaningful way. Brainstorm diagrams (also known as mind maps) can help to organize your thoughts visually. Other people like to simply type out short notes and bullet point lists of ideas.
Whichever method works best for you, brainstorming is the critical first step to take so you can ensure that the topic you choose for your project is a good one and you have enough material to support it. Begin by creating a mind map using the printed materials or online platforms linked on this page, or create a Google Doc where you can type your brainstorm notes.
When you think you've completed Step One and have enough material to start your project, create a folder on your Google Drive to save your notes and drafts, and then click the link below to submit your brainstorm notes to your teacher. Once your teacher has approved your topic and initial notes, he or she will let you know you are ready to move on to Step Two.
Step 1: Helpful Links
Mind Map worksheet
Click the link above to download a printable mind map worksheet that will help you organize your main idea and supporting details.
Create a mind map/brainstorm diagram online; then save it to your computer or Google Drive as a reference.
Another free online platform to create mind maps and brainstorm diagrams. Free, but need to create an account with Gmail.