Short Story Mind Map

Here is the link to the write-up for my mind map. 

To wrap up our short story unit in English, we had to create a mind map illustrating the core components of a story (plot, setting, protagonist, conflict, mood, irony, etc) that we chose to read.  The short story I picked was called The Ghost.


Digital Literacy Criteria Met: 

  • I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work (Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts 6)

When it comes to mind maps, I had the option of creating mine digitally or on paper.  For the artwork and titles, I opted for the latter as I knew that I was more used to completing assignments on paper and I had more of an opportunity to add my flair to the project.  However, I completed the written portion on the computer, since typing is more efficient than writing, and typing the written portion would also give me more time to focus on the hand-drawn portions of my mind map.  I completed my colouring using markers and pencil crayons.  


  • I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry, or organization of visual elements, and overall layout (Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts 7)

A large component of the criteria for the mind map was to have definite separations between different topics (conflict, plot, etc).  To make sure the separations were as clear as possible, I drew borders around the text for each section of my mind map and coded each section by lightly colouring each section of text a different, distinct colour (I chose red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple).  For our mind map, we also had to include a central image that represented the story. For my central image, I chose to draw a rocking chair with vines wrapped around it.

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