Posts Tagged: invention

Posts Tagged ‘invention’

Oct 14 2009


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Listing, Brainstorming, Freewriting, Cluster Maps, Looping or Focused Freewriting, Journalist’s Questions (Who, What, when, Where, Why, How), Topical Questions (Definition, Comparison, Testimony, Relationship/Cause/Motive/Purpose, Circumstance/Context), Researching, Discovery Draft, Writing Dialogue or Role-Play, Sketching, Mapping, Visual Brainstorming, Journaling

  • Sketching or Mapping: Ask students to draw a picture or map of a concept or place. Who is involved? How and where do they interact? What’s nearby? Jessie uses this activity, for instance, when she’s introducing campus proposal projects. She asks students to draw maps of sections of campus or buildings related to their topics and then to add the people who occupy or interact with the space, adjoining spaces/things that would impact or be impacted by a change to the initial space, etc.
  • Rhetorics as Resources: The Academic Writer (Chapter 9), Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age (Chapter 3), Harbrace Guide to Writing (Chapters 3, 10-13)

Sep 13 2006

Invention Activities

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Sticky Note Activity : Brainstorm or take notes on sticky notes. Post sticky notes on poster board, grouping and regrouping to identify connections and possible organizations.

    Ideas from A Meeting of Minds (p. 50):

        • Open-ended strategies:
          • Brainstorming
          • Sketching with visual clues/organizers
          • Talking with others
        • Systematic strategies:
          • Asking questions
          • Testing the opposition’s perspective
          • Collecting information from multiple sources (archival and field)

      Ideas from University of Texas, Substantial Writing Component Resources

          • Listing
          • Mapping (See a range of examples at
          • Diagrams


          • Contrast: How the subject resembles or differs from other items in its class
          • Variation: How much and in what ways the subject could change without losing its essential characteristics
          • Distribution: How often and in what places the subject can be observed
          • Particle: Distinct features of the subject
          • Wave: How the subject changes over time
          • Field: Considers the different parts of the subject and how they interact as parts of a whole


            • Limited Diagram functions in MS Word
              (Insert à Diagram à Choice of Organizational Chart, Circle Diagram, Radial Diagram, Pyramid Diagram, Venn Diagram, or Target Diagram)
            • Extensive options in MatchWare OpenMind