What is a word map?

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A word map

  • provides a visual image of a person's ideas, and
  • serves as the basis of a text that a writer creates.

A word map can be used for any level of writing.


See: Guided writing


A word map is a diagram used in guided writing to help writers organize their ideas. Related words are written to show their relationship to a central topic or concept.

Example: Word map

Here is an example of a word map:

Example: Text written from a word map

Here is an example of a text written from the second word map above:


I have a dog. His name is Scout. He is black and white. He wags his tail when he sees me. He likes to play with a ball and bark at cats.

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