LESSON 4: BRAINSTORMING TECHNIQUES (5 W’S AND MAPPING) People who like structure will like the _________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Those who are visual learners, _________________ _____________________________________________ 5 W’S _____________________________________________ use this strategy to get the whole story. This strategy helps you find a topic or narrow or topic down once you have made a selection. Note: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________. 5 W’S WITH RESEARCH 1. Who is involved? At what level? Who is affected? 2. What is your topic? What is its significance? What is at stake? What are the issues? 3. When does your topic occur? When did it begin/end? When must action be taken to deal with it? 4. Where does your subject occur? Where is its source? 5. Why is you subject of interest? Why did it develop as it did? Why should others be interested in your topic? 5 W’S WITH A PERSONAL STATEMENT 1. Who 2. What 3. When? 4. Where? 5. Why? 5 W’S EXAMPLE Television is a very powerful medium. What do you think is the ideal place of television in our lives and why? Explain. How close is reality to that ideal? Who watches TV? What kinds of shows are people watching? What happens to kids who watch too much TV? (affects schoolwork? Relationships?) What about people with no TV? Are they more or less informed? What do people expect from TV? Relaxation? Information? Entertainment? Where do people place TVs in their homes? Kids’ rooms? (effect on family relationships, socialization?) Bedroom? (effect on sleeping/relaxation?) Kitchen? (effect on conversation during meals?) What effect doe TV have on our lives? What if we get rid of TV? When was TV invented? Why do people watch TV? PRACTICE 1 Use the 5 W’s technique to generate ideas for the following assignment. School uniforms for public school students is among the most controversial proposals for education reform in America. Where do you stand on the issue? Defend your position. MAPPING Mapping is a _______________________that allows you to investigate the relationships between diverse ideas. It’s a simple process best used_________________________________________. To make a map, draw a circle and add spokes radiating from it. Put your central idea _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________. MAPPING EXAMPLE DISCUSS HOW DO SPORTS INFLUENCE POPULAR CULTURE. Leading Sports Figures How sports influence popular culture Commercial endorsements Footwear/ fashion Fashion industry Television/ media Product placement fans trends PRACTICE 2 Use the mapping technique to generate ideas for the following assignment. Discuss how reality TV shows are affecting today’s youth.