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"Guru Mindmap". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Brief Assignment Overview: 

Students brainstorm and outline an persuasive essay using free online mind mapping tools.

Assignment Length: 
Pedagogical Goals - Rhetoric: 
Pedagogical Goals - Writing: 
Pedagogical Goals - Digital Literacy: 
Required Materials: 

Students need internet access and a word processing software.

Timeline for Optimal Use: 
Full Assignment Description: 

Students use the online mind mapping tool Mindmup ( to brainstorm ideas for their persuasive essay. Mindmup is free and easy to use (from their website: "MindMup is a free, opensource, online mindmapping canvas. Our aim is to build the most productive mind map system online."). Students save and share their work on their Google Drive or save it as a PDF.

An additional worksheet on "Inventing arguments" helps them come up with ideas.

They then use the mindmap to develop an outline for their paper.

Suggestions for Instructor Preparation: 

Print out instruction, familiairize with mindmup web site.

Instructions For Students: 

Preparing for paper 3: Mind maps

Create a mind map outlining your paper 3.1.


1. Go to


2. Create a new mind map, either public or on your Google Drive (comes with           UTMail).


3. Put your claim in the first bubble.


4. Draw a mind map that outlines your paper. Right click to select a box. Hit “Tab” or right click ‘– add child” to add boxes.  


5. You need to include at least:

              Venue and Audience

Reasons to believe

Reasons to trust

Reasons to feel

              Evidence you will use


6. When you run out of ideas, use the “Developing arguments”-worksheet (attached) to come up with more material.


 7. Once you are done,
- add your
- save as .pdf and print out (File – Print)*


*If Mindmup returns an error, just try again – the second attempt seems to work usually. 


8. How do you put these ideas together into a coherent paper?

Create an outline:







Inventing Arguments


Name: _____________________________

State your principal claim. Invent at least one reason in each of the six categories given below. You can read up on these in your Controversies textbook, pgs. 121-132.

Principal Claim:















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Course Description: 

RHE 306: Rhetoric and Writing

This course is grounded in the rhetorical analysis of "controversies," broadly defined. It is divided into three units, each one requiring some sort of outside research. The first two units are devoted to rhetorical analysis; they are mostly descriptive and allow students to become familiar with what is being said and how. The third unit is devoted to advocacy; having become familiar with the controversy, students now take a position within it and produce an informed argument for that position.

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