Fishbone Mapping

A Fishbone Map can be used to show the interaction of a complex event (a war, an election, a nuclear explosion) or complex phenomenon (juvenile delinquency, learning disabilities). The fishbone map is like a spider map but can be used for complex topics with more details that need to be included.

The process of creating fishbone map may help the student focus on the topic. It requires the student to review what he or she knows about the topic in order to organize that knowledge. It may also help point out the areas where the student must investigate more and add details.


Starting questions:
What are the factors that cause X ?
How do they interrelate?
Are the factors that cause X the same as those that cause X to persist?



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Evidence of how species have adapted to changes in their habitats:
< http://www.richlandclicks.org/Teacher/presentations/scaffolding/samples/science/8_IIA2a.htm >