Associative Thinking

Rationale:   To spark student interest in a topic before reading; to generate student prior knowledge; to understand the four components of thought (words, images, feelings and physical sensations).

Procedure:    The teacher introduces the concept of associative thinking. “When I say,                              , what is the first thing that comes to mind?”  Encourage students not to censor their first thoughts or to look for what they consider to be the correct response or what the teacher wants. Collect students’ thoughts and build four categories according to the four quadrants of thought (physical sensation, feelings, images and words). After three words ask students to notice if they have a pattern of associations. Read the title of the text students will read and generate associations in all four categories.

STEPS:

1. Introduce the concept of associative thinking to students, “When I say the word   , what is the first thing that comes to mind?”

2. Collect students’ thoughts and build categories according to the four quadrants of thought.

3. After three words ask students to notice if they have a pattern of association.

4. Read the title of the text you selected to share with your students. Then ask them to generate associations in the four quadrants.

EXAMPLES: What comes to mind when you think of revolution?

What comes to mind when I say the title of the novel, The War of the Worlds?

Source: http://knowledgeportal.pakteachers.org