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The Textmapping Project
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Textmapping Exercise: Mapping a Textbook Chapter

These are your only instructions. If you have any questions which are not covered by these instructions, use your judgement and make a decision that makes sense to you. You have two tasks:

  1. Make a scroll from the photocopies provided.
  2. Map it.

You have 20 minutes to complete these tasks. We will then discuss the process and your experience of it.

Materials: One set of photocopied pages from a textbook chapter. One plastic bag containing masking tape, glue stick, and 7 colored markers.


  1. Make the scroll:
    • Arrange the textbook pages in their proper sequence.
    • Use glue stick to assemble pages into a scroll.
    • Use masking tape to hang the scroll on the wall.
  2. Map it:
    • Red or Orange marker: Divide the text into three sections: introduction, main body, and review.
    • Brown or Grey marker: Box the illustrations.
    • Black marker: Box the textstream in the main body of the text.
    • Green marker: Circle each heading and box its corresponding section. Mark only headings (see "blue marker" instruction, below).
    • Blue marker: Circle each sub-heading and box its corresponding sub-section.
    • Purple or Pink marker: Box all questions in the main body of the text.
    • Yellow marker: Highlight the vocabulary words in the main body of the text.

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