English: skills for learning
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2.3 From mind map to revised outline

Drawing a mind map helped Fred to identify the key themes his essay would cover. It also helped to clarify his thinking and include an explanation of why, in each care setting, recognition of and respect for private spaces helps to provide good quality care.

In the next activity you will look at how the mind map helped Fred to choose the key themes of his essay but first look again at his mind map. It should help you to identify the themes and structure Fred decided to use for his final essay plan.

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Figure 7 Fred’s mind map

Each theme is linked to a coloured line. As you can see from Figure 7, each line relates one of the themes Fred included in his revised essay plan, as shown below.

Private and public places

differences (control/dignity – but presence of unfamiliar people/loss of control/dignity)

Residential homes

example of good practice (private space respected → acceptable level of control and privacy – residents accept compromise)

contrasting priorities – example of poor practice (private place not respected → residents = objects)

Care at home

example of poor practice (private place not respected → loss of control/privacy/dignity)

example of good practice (private space respected → control/privacy)

Hospitals as public spaces

contrasting priorities – limited private spaces → loss of dignity + control

contrasting priorities – mainly treated as public spaces → limited private spaces → loss of dignity + control

Activity 4

Allow approximately 10 minutes

Match each theme Fred intends to use in his essay with the correct branch of his mind map.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. Private and public places

  2. Hospitals

  3. Residential homes

  4. Care at home

  • a.Green branch

  • b.Orange and yellow branch

  • c.Red branch

  • d.Blue branch

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = b
  • 2 = d
  • 3 = a
  • 4 = c

Fred used the structure themes you have just seen in his final essay outline. In the next activity you will see how he used this outline to write his essay.


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