This page updated:  10/15/2020

Purpose & Audience

Prewrite:  Brainstorm


The Goal:  


You will write reasons and examples that support your answer to this essential question (EQ):

Why is ________ important to know about as a young adult/teenager?


1.  Get feedback from parents and friends about life skills, attitudes, or ideas that have made a difference in your life.  Or, think about something you learned that has has given you success in some way.  


2.  There can be many ways to answer the essential question.   Pick one skill - it can be an obvious one (like athletics or musicmanship, or being an expert gamer/computer user) or one that is not-so-obvious, such as deep knowledge about how to run a business, importance of faith/belief topic, life-skill, trade skill, job, relationship skill, etc.

3.  As you you discuss this with family and friends, ask yourself these clarifying questions (CQ)


  • Recently, how has knowing _____ helped me make an important decision?

  • What conversations have I been in that went well because I knew _____?

  • Why does knowing _____ make me a better person, athlete, musician, friend, etc.?

  • If I hadn't learned _____, would I be where I am now?

  • Who introduced me to _______ and how did they help me learn it?

  • When did I first learn about _____? 

  • How does understanding ____ make a difference right away in my life?

  • Where does knowing about ____ help me out the most?

  • How will knowing ______ help me in the future?

  • Why is knowing _______ important to me?

  • What three reasons can I give that support my view?

  • What powerful examples can I give that will speak to someone my age? 

4.   Create a mind map to brainstorm this EQ.  Put the EQ in the center bubble.

  • See the video below about using different layout features in Mind Mup 2.0 to help you create a map that works for you.

5.  When you are done brainstorming, identify 3 reasons and 3 examples (one for each reason) that support your answer to the EQ.  These will become the reasons in your writing.

6.  Submit a sharable link to your mind map below.  Use 


  • If you are feeling brave, try publishing your mind map and sending your instructor a web address!

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