Practical Tip ~ Textmapping

Here’s this week’s practical tip ~

Text Mapping

Text-mapping is an excellent technique that helps a child to differentiate and identify areas of a text using highlighters.   Textmapping guides the child to circle, underline or draw boxes around sections, headings, text, illustrations, dates and important vocabulary This provides the child with an overview of all the text and reinforces pre-reading skills.

Copied pages of a textbook chapter or relevant pages are pasted together to form one long scroll.

Drawing of a scroll that has been marked with highlighters and colored markers. Shows margin notes and certain key features circled, colored and otherwise marked.
Textmapping color codes
  • Textmapping is excellent for all non-fiction books and textbooks.
  • This method emphasizes pre-reading skills.  They haven’t read the text itself yet, but have navigated the entire article.
  • Textmapping is a very effective tool for special-needs/ remedial students or weak readers as it helps the student identify different areas of the text and isolate smaller sections where they can use pre-reading skills to break down the text.  Colors define specific areas and they can easily isolate a heading with its accompanying passage and ignore the rest of the text.
  • This skill is particularly important for middle schoolers who are suddenly faced with longer chapters or several pages of their books, textbooks.
  • It is also good for high schoolers who need to summarize large sections of information or review work for tests or exams.
  • Textmapping helps students break down into manageable sections to summarize,  or plan, or prepare for projects and presentations.
  • This method is excellent for group work.
  • Textmapping enables teachers to clearly and explicitly model reading comprehension, writing and study skills using a model scroll or on an example on a smartboard.
  • The complete layout of a scroll gives the child an excellent overview ~ great for global learners.
  • Because of its length, the child must move (crawl on the floor or walk along a row of desks) along it, zoom in or out, to interact with the text ~ excellent for kinesthetic learners.
  • Marking is very physical and hands-on ~ wonderful for the tactile learner.
  • The colored markings  are very clear and everything can be seen at a glance ~ fabulous for the visual learner.
  • Scrolls and text mapping provide a better fit with the learning strengths of ADHD individuals ~ helps children who have learning disabilities or attention deficits.

Because this method involves printing out several pages in color, I have adapted the method to work directly in the book and we use colored post-it tabs and colored sticky notes which we map areas and sections without marking expensive books or library books.  I have also experimented with plastic page protectors cut open down one side to slide over a page and we use colored whiteboard markers.

Please read Textmapping.org for textmapping basic and see all the examples in my original post Textmapping.  Download my Text Mapping notes on textmapping.

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One thought on “Practical Tip ~ Textmapping

  1. Hello Nadene. I wanted to let you know that I linked to your blog in my post that I did yesterday that I also linked into a virtual co-op blog. I just wanted to let you know. Have a great day. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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