August 18, 2014
Essay Map is one of my favourite web tools that I have been repeatedly recommending for teachers. Essay Map, as its name indicates, is a tool that helps students with their essay writings. It is an interactive graphic organizer that provides students with a step by step guidance through the process of developing a robust outline to their essays. Having a clear and well-built outline is definitely a pre-requisite for good expository writing. It gives students’ writings focus and coherence needed for developing cogent arguments. Essay Map is ideal for that.
Outlines created via Essay Map include an introductory statement, main ideas supported by more details and arguments, and then a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas. Also, “The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information including a graphic in the upper right-hand corner that allows students to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed.”