Brainstorming in groups longer phrases card games

Suggested answers/ Cards to photocopy

Initial brainstorming/ Asking for ideas 

 

Can we write anything

 

 

else

 

here?

 

Any

 

 

more

 

ideas?

 

I think we need three

 

 

or four

 

more ideas.

 

Let’s just write

 

 

all/ all of

our ideas down and discuss them later.

That probably doesn’t fit, but let’s write it

 

 

down

 

anyway.

Organising the ideas/ Putting the ideas into order/ Putting the ideas into categories

 

I think these two are linked

 

 

to each other

 

by…

 

We can put these

 

 

ones/ two

 

together because…

 

(I think) these (two) are

 

 

very

 

similar because…

Maybe we should move this one

 

 

over

 

here.

 

(I think) these (two) are

 

 

closely

 

related.

 

 

(I think) these (two) are

 

 

both/ all

 

kinds of…

 

 

Another

 

 

good

 

example of that is…

 

Editing down the ideas/ Choosing the best ideas/ Getting rid of weak ideas 

 

I’d

 

 

probably

 

choose this one because…

This one doesn’t (seem t)o link to

 

 

any of

 

the others.

 

These two are

 

 

a bit/ far/ much

 

too similar.

 

(I think) we should cross this

 

 

one

 

off because…

 

This one doesn’t make

 

 

much

 

sense.

 

This one doesn’t

 

really

 

 

match our aim.

 

The audience

 

probably/ might/ almost certainly

 

already know this.

 

This won’t interest

 

 

most of the

 

audience.

Supporting your arguments 

 

In my

 

 

personal

 

experience,…

 

According to a book

 

 

that/ which

 

I read…

 

Anticipating other people’s doubts and arguments

 

 

If they are not convinced

 

 

by that idea

 

, we can/ should say that…

Brainstorming in groups longer phrases card games

Instructions 

Students work together to put together just the left hand and right hand columns (the ones not in bold) to make basic phrases, add the middle ones (in bold) to check and extend their answers, then try to put them into categories by the stage of brainstorming that they would be used in. Students can look under the fold below for hints if they get stuck.

 

After checking their answers, students can test each other by reading out the long versions for their partner(s) to remember the short versions, then read out the short versions for their partner to remember the long ones. They can also help their partner come up with as many phrases as they can for one of the categories.

Students can then deal out the cards and try to use the words they are given during a group brainstorm, e.g. of things to mention in a presentation.

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These are the suggested stages of brainstorming, in order. All but one has more than one example phrase:

Initial brainstorming/ Asking for ideas

Organising the ideas/ Putting the ideas into order/ Putting the ideas into categories

Editing down the ideas/ Choosing the best ideas/ Getting rid of weak ideas

Supporting your arguments

Anticipating other people’s doubts and arguments

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