LINK is a brainstorming pre-reading strategy developed by
Vaughan & Estes in 1986. A key word or concept (perhaps the title
of the reading) is written in the center of a board or Large
Post-It as the focus for the discussion. Students are separated
into groups and have 3 minutes to list words they associate with that
cue. Then these words are added around the cue and lines are drawn
between the cue and the added words to show how they are related,
eventually the board should look similar to a concept map.
Each group should work on one board each and be given only one marker.
One student starts by writing only one word and connecting it to the
cue, then the marker is to be passed on to another student. Each
student is required to add a minimum of one word. This allows for
participation of all students and since this is done within small
groups it lends itself to allow for those who do not normally
participate the opportunity.
After the words are listed, encourage students to look at every groups
board and inquire about the words, asking for clarification or
elaboration, explaining them if necessary. Then, erase the board and
ask students to write down (note) that they've learned about the cue
word. Alternatively a board or two can remain through the entire unit
in substitute of a ward wall, and add to the students’ LINK as you
proceed through the unit.