How to create an evaluation essay idea map

Making an idea map for any essay is a great tool to plan and outline your ideas before you start writing. For an evaluation essay, you especially want to have all your ideas in one place and be able to brainstorm further on the topic. The first thing you should do is take the instructions from your teacher and make a list of everything you need to have once this essay is finished. This will help you decide the structure of your essay and what needs to be included at what stage of the work.

Starting an Idea Map for an Essay

Here are the steps you need to do to make an idea map. If you’ve never made one before, you’ve probably heard it called a mind map, too. For either an idea or a mind map, you need to start with a blank piece of paper and write your essay topic in the middle. Draw a circle around the topic words and then a few lines coming out from that circle.

  • • Add more words, circles, and lines connecting them as you think of related ideas
  • • Broaden your mind map or idea map by doing a little research and adding in things that interest you
  • • Look in your textbook for this class, if you have one, and read through related chapters that are similar to your topic for more ideas
  • • Keep filling in bubbles and adding words until your page (or multiple pages!) are filled with awesome ideas

Now that you have an idea map, how do you use it to write your evaluation essay? You can start by organizing all of your newly brainstormed ideas into categories. Depending on your topic, you might have only three categories, or ten. Pretend your essay will have ‘chapters’ that are 2-3 paragraphs long, and put each idea into which ‘chapter’ it will go into. This way you can plot out the rest of your essay and write with more of a structure in mind. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to stick with any of these ideas; they are just a starting point for you, and if things change as you write, embrace it! As long as you’re writing the way your teacher expects for this project, you can be creative and let your interest in parts of the topic show through.