Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate
GENERATE a list of ideas and initial thoughts that come to mind when you think about this topic or issue. SORT your ideas. CONNECT: your ideas by drawing connecting lines between the ideas that have something in common. Explain and write on the line in a short sentence how the ideas are connected. ELABORATE on any ideas or thoughts you have written so far by adding new ideas that expand, extend, or add to your initial ideas.