Mind maps for reading

In our previous articles on mind maps for learning English, we told you what mind maps for learning words and grammar are .

A Reading Mind Map is a diagram, a graphic organizer that helps students visualize what they are reading and discover connections between pieces of information. In a classic mind map, you will always find the topic in the center of the map, with all the notes, ideas and keywords arranged around the center in a ray structure.

Teachers have long known that taking notes while reading is one of the best ways to improve comprehension. However, traditional linear notes are not the most efficient format to follow.

This note-taking process is monotonous and students are supposed to write entire sentences, which is time-consuming.

Compared to line notes, mind maps offer a number of advantages that can help students understand and remember what they read.

A mind map can help students structure their thoughts. Regardless of how complex an idea is or how large a topic is, a mind map brings order to chaos and provides a clear understanding of the topic. This allows learners to see the bigger picture, find connections, and discover hierarchies between individual pieces of information.

Mind maps improve memory through the use of a number of mental triggers such as colours, images, and two-dimensional structure. Because mind maps encourage the use of single keywords instead of whole sentences, students can immediately see key concepts and ideas.


Here is a list of the main components of a reading comprehension mind map. Each of these components lives as a node, branching from the center, and provides a deeper understanding of literary themes, characters and more.


A section for collecting information about the author: when they lived, what is their origin and how all this might affect the book. The connections between the author's life and parts of the book can be visualized using arrows. You should also capture the staging of the story.


Understanding fictional texts has a lot to do with understanding characters; what motivates them, what excites them and how they relate to each other. Using a mind map, you can visualize the relationship between individual characters.


You can specify plot points by giving them a plot structure like the map below.


The main obstacle to reading comprehension is new vocabulary. To understand and memorize all new words, add them to your mind map.


For more in-depth literature analysis, create a thread for themes, motifs and symbols and add definitions for each.

You can view a large interactive version of the Call of the Wild smart map here. https://www.mindmeister.com/es/538596083/the-call-of-the-wild?fullscreen=1 


Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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