One way teachers can help students select effective topics for
their writing assignments is by modeling the process of topic generation. It's
important that the teacher walk the student through this process. By modeling
topic generation, the teacher clarifies the process for students and helps to
make the thinking process visible. The Brainstorming and Listing Exercise is
designed to help the teacher with this modeling.
This exercise combines both brainstorming and
listing. It is designed to help the teacher model the topic generating process
for students. No special set up materials are needed. This exercise can be done on a whiteboard or
on a blank overhead.