1. Choose a nucleus word and circle it on a blank sheet of paper.
2. Cluster, circling each new thought and connecting it. Don’t force meaning—
just let it be uncovered. Go with the flow.
3. When a different train of thought strikes you, start again at the nucleus and
continue until those associations are exhausted.
4. Cluster until you feel a sense of directions or purpose—a feeling that you
have something to say. This often happens within two or three minutes.
5. Write. The length can range from a few sentences to a page. You can
write in prose paragraph form, poetry, a dialog . . . Mine and refine what your
cluster dug up.
6. When you feel the end of the writing coming, circle back to the ideas that
you began writing with by repeating a word, phrase, or idea from the start.
Such closing tends to give a satisfying feeling to both writer and reader.


To generate and organize ideas for writing. This may be a little hard for younger children to understand (it was a little hard for me), but I still feel like this is a good strategy that could be used.



(n.d.). Clustering. Retrieved from Eureka! Agora website:


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