How to Create a Word Web

Teach your child how to organize information by showing her a word web and explaining the importance of gathering her thoughts before writing a paper. Word webs, according to the Inspiration website, are "visual maps" which provide "structure" for a paper. Whether you home school your child or she goes to a traditional school, a word web is a valuable pre-writing tool that will allow her to brainstorm and view her topic from a variety of stand points.

Write your topic on the center of piece of paper and circle it. Everything in the paper will have a connection to this word.

Draw a few lines leading away from the circle. At the end of the lines write one or two words which summarize the central word. For example, if you are writing a paper about cats write the word cat in the center of the paper and circle it. On the lines leading away from the central word you would write major ideas people would need to know about cats like eat, sleep, live and reproduce.

Circle each word you write and draw lines radiating away from those words to further break down the category.

Write subcategories at the end of the lines and circle them. Repeat Step 2 until you have exhausted the topics you wish to write about in your paper. It is better to take on a little bit too much than to scramble for more information at the last minute.