Semantic Mapping Strategy

           Masters, Mori, & Mori (1993) discuss the use of semantic
                      mapping strategy.  They define semantic mapping technique as
                      being "used to motivate and involve students in the thinking,
                      reading, and writing aspects.  It enhances vocabulary
                      development by helping students link new information with
                      previous experience."   The instructional sequence of semantic
                      mapping is as follows:

                      1.  Select a word central to the topic.

                      2.  Display the target word.

                      3.  Invite the student to generate as many words as possible that
                           relate to the target word.

                      4.  Have the student write the generated words in categories.

                      5.  Have the student label categories.

                      6.  From this list, construct a map.

                      7.  Lead the class in a discussion that focuses on identifying
                           meanings and uses of words, clarifying ideas, highlighting
                           major conclusions, identifying key elements, expanding ideas,
                           and summarizing information. (p. 118)

                    From here examples of how to use selections in the Under the Sea
                    unit in the development of the semantic mapping technique.