Theatre Mind Maps Mind Maps (also known as graphic organizers) are useful tools for organizing ideas and brainstorming. These are great tools for visual learners. Not only are maps useful for teachers, students can create them too!



Tech Rich Lesson Plan:
· Mind Maps - Discovering the English Renaissance Using Inspiration 8
1. Upon entering the classroom the students will be seated two to a computer. The students will discuss the questions written on the board for five minutes: What do you think the word “renaissance” mean? Brainstorm and list everything you can think of relating to the English Renaissance. (Hint: Who was the king/queen? What plays do we know about from this time period? What movies have you seen about this time period? What were the theatres like?)
2. Once the five minutes are up, the students will be directed to Inspiration 8 and select the diagram option.
3. Once the students have a diagram screen in Inspiration 8, they will be instructed to enter in the main subject bubble “Renaissance England”. From there, the students will use the rapid fire tool to type in various aspects of Renaissance England breaking down the specific details/people by topic (e.g. Shakespeare would not merely go under Renaissance England, but under theatre, Tudor dynasty would go under Queen Elizabeth I).
4. After the students have at least 10 bubbles on their mind map they will be instructed to copy and paste an appropriate graphic for each of their bubbles using Google. The students will be expected to include proper citation for each picture used on their mind maps.
5. Once the students have finished their mind maps, each pair will have an opportunity to share their mind maps with the rest of the class.
 Assessment: Students will be given a rubric and will be presenting their mind maps to the class as a summative assessment.

Discovering the English Renaissance Using Inspiration 8
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Content
Students have at least 10 different bubbles labeled on their mind map that refer to the English Renaissance.
Students have at least 5 different bubbles labeled on their mind map that refer to the English Renaissance.
Students have less then 5 bubbles labeled on their mind map that refer to the English Renaissance.
Neatness
Students have clearly differentiated, labeled, and organized aspects of the English Renaissance.
Students have labeled different aspects of the English Renaissance, but the organization of the mind map needs improvement.
Students have no organization to their mind map.
Graphics
Students have included appropriate graphics for every bubble on their mind map.
Students have included graphics for some bubbles on their mind map.
Students did not include graphics on their mind map.
Citation
Students cited and linked each graphic to the appropriate site.
Students cited each graphic to the appropriate site, but did not link the graphic.
Students neglected to cite their graphics.
Presentation
Students clearly presented their mind map to the class.
Students presented their mind map to the class, but are not clear.
Students do not present their mind map to the class.

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Here is an example of a mind map using Inspiration 8 for Renaissance England brainstorming before students would learn about Renaissance Theatre History.









Here is an article with helpful mind map sites.