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The most common name for creative thinking templates are graphic organisers. These templates provide a framework to help your brain to identify, record, sort, synthesise and group information in a structured way.
Each of these websites below provides a range of graphic organisers.
Graphic Organiser Templates
If you are a member of the Research Safari you can access some graphic organiser templates here.
Free Graphic Organisers
Education Place: Graphic Organisers
Write Design Online: Graphic Organisers
Enchanted Learning Graphic Organisers
The following links will take you to some useful frameworks to help you think more deeply about the topic you are exploring.
The Five W's Chart
This template sets out five basic questions to get your research started.
Want to use a different approach to exploring a topic or subject? Well the Thinkers Keys are a simple strategy that does just that. There are 20 keys in all that will encourage you see your topic in ways you never thought of!!