I came across Textmapping several times this year
and decided to try it out as another part of teaching my middle-schooler’s how to
Text-mapping is an excellent technique that gives the child an overview of all the text, introduces pre-reading skills, and helps the child differentiate the text.
Basically, your child marks the textbook chapter or relevant pages which have been stuck together to form one long scroll, using highlighters to mark the scroll; they circle, underline or draw boxes around sections, headings, text, illustrations, dates and important vocabulary.
- The complete layout of a scroll gives the child an immediate overview ~ great for global learners.
- Because of its length, the child must move 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 LD and ADD individuals ~ helps children who have learning disabilities or attention deficits.
So how did we do it?
Although I worried about the cost, I color-copied the relevant pages from our textbook and we taped them together. I wasn’t sorry. The colored pictures helped Miss.L “read” much of the information. (And we used some of these illustrations in her notebook pages.)
Miss.L10 started out with a general overview and pointed out all the illustrations, pictures and main headings.
With that done, she took her highlighters and started marking out the text.
Working on the floor, which she enjoyed much more than sitting at the table, she circled the main headings in green.
Then she outlined the illustrations, photos and drawings with grey.
Next she marked the sub-headings and supporting texts with blue.
Then she used pink and highlighted all the dates.
Finally highlighted some important key words with yellow.
It took just a few minutes.
She hopped up to get a “bird’s-eye view”.
(The book we used here is called “All About South Africa“. It is a comprehensive reference book with loads of pictures, photographs and pages filled with interesting text. It is an excellent ‘go-to’ book for our South African curriculum “Footprints On Our Land” and the reference book covers history, geography, natural sciences, famous people, important places, trade, industries … the works!)
Did it work?
- She could quickly find the section “Difficulties of Pioneering“
- She was able to focus on the marked area and was not distracted by anything outside the blue circled area.
- Using a yellow highlighter she underlined the important facts in each sentence.
- We folded up the scroll so that just her relevant page faced out and went to the table to write her notes.
- With no fuss, she used the highlighted words, changing the word order and wrote out lovely, clear sentences!
- She cut out and pasted the illustration on her notebooking page and was done!
I was stunned. The results were impressive!
It was fun, different, easy, simple, relevant and enjoyable!
I will definitely use this technique for the remaining section of history.
(As you can see in this post, this method is not the same as Mind mapping.)
Have you used Textmapping? Please share your experiences with the readers in the comments.