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Chapter 18, Do Schools Really Kill Creativity?, (Mind-Mapping), hsc, 12th std, english, maharashtra board, latest edition, full solution,

Chapter 18: Do Schools Really Kill Creativity? (Mind-Mapping)

1.Observe the given figure and complete the activities that follow:

  1. Replace the ‘main idea ‘by any other thought or title of your own.
  2. Add three supporting ideas to the main idea as their branches.
  3. Add two ideas to one of the branches that explains the meaning of that branch.


  1. The main idea is to cover the elements of a movie.
  2. The supporting subdivide it into three aspects the title, plot, and the characters 
  3. Further drilling down, the movie will have a protagonist and an antagonist who will be central to the story.

2.Complete the given blank spaces/ balloons with your ideas in the figure that describes your basic preparation for the HSC Board Examination. Also, complete the activities that follow:


  1. Through reading of all textbooks
  2. Create reference notes of every chapter
  3. Read suggested resources as references online and offline
  4. Solve all the practice exercises from the textbook as well as reference material
  5. Make a list of doubts for every subject
  6. Attend all the revision and doubt solving sessions
  7. Solve all possible mock papers and previous year’s question papers
  8. Be disciplined eat healthy, sleep well and follow the study plan.

1.Study the given tabular column. In pairs, tell your partner the importance of each given below:

Enhance Activities with Mind Mapping
1.Explore new ideas and conceptsHelp students get a better understanding of new ideas by having them create a mind map. A mind map can assist with understanding because it conveys hierarchy and relationships, allowing students to see the big picture.
2.BrainstormGet creative juices flowing with mind mapping. Mind maps are a great brainstorming tool and can help students let their thoughts flow freely while making important connections between ideas and concepts.
3.Take NotesEncourage students to engage in active thinking instead of transcription by using mind maps for note taking. Mind maps encourage students to focus on keywords and ideas instead of just writing down what the teacher says.
4.Write essaysStudents can create an essay outline, gather arguments and quotes or brainstorm ideas for your essays with mind maps.
5.Memorize informationMind maps activate many levels of brain activity and are a great tool to help with memorization- from vocabulary words to a foreign language.
6.Create presentationsHave students use mind maps to present information in an interesting and engaging way with mind maps. Students can use mind mapping software to create a presentation in advance or create one on the spot during a live presentation
7.Study for an assessmentMind maps are a great way for students to gather all the information that may be covered on an examination including class notes, textbook chapters and reading lists.
8.Execute group projectsBy using a mind map, students can visualize what needs to be done and who needs to do it. Using an online mind mapping programme is best for group projects so students can easily share i.


Do it yourself.

1.Given below is a ‘Mind Mapping’ template. Use your ideas/thoughts/concepts to illustrate/develop them. (Develop your ideas in the form of the main branch, sub-branches, and tertiary branches respectively).

Also, write a paragraph on the mind map you have completed.


The above mind map demonstrates a holistic approach towards achieving good health. Our overall health comprises of physical as well as mental wellbeing. Proper diet and various forms of regular exercise will ensure our physical fitness. Eating nutritious food and consuming a good amount of fluids keeps one hydrated and energetic. We should not discount the role of regular sleep and adequate rest. A minimum of six to eight hours of sleep ensures focus and concentration in everything that we do. Meditation is another great activity that helps us fight stress and reduce anxiety. Also, in this day and age we have enough exposure to multiple sources of information. Hence, we should never shy away from approaching our near and dear ones or seek professional help from doctors, nutritionists and health coaches who could share a wealth of information on our physical and mental wellbeing. There is also a plethora of information available on the internet about maintaining good health and lifestyle.

1.Develop a ‘Mind Mapping’ frame/design to show the ‘Benefits of games and sports’ to the students. You can take the help of the following points in order to develop each of them into further branches:

(Fitness and stamina, team spirit and sportsmanship, group behavior, killer’s instinct, will to win)


Browse the internet to know the following:

1.Different Frames/Designs on Mind Mapping


Each mind map is based on a fundamental thinking process or linked to a specific cognitive skill and serves different purposes.

A few popularly used designs are

Circle Map

Bubble map

Brace Map

Flow map

Tree map

Double bubble map

Multi-flow map:

2.Benefits of Mind Mapping


Mind mapping is a simple tool that enables us to use a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps in structuring information, to better analyze, recall, and generate new ideas. Mind mapping has multiple benefits:

  1. Extremely simple to learn and use
  2. Applicable to all areas of life (Personal/Professional)
  3. Helps attain clarity of thought
  4. Promotes creativity → Choice to customize it as per your topics/liking
  5. Increases productivity → Better time and resource management
  6. Strengthens memory by improving recall ability
  7. Enables meaningful learning → Connects to one’s pre-existing knowledge and does not encourage rote learning.

3.Uses of Mind Mapping in Note-Taking


Liner notes are quite monotonous. Using mind maps for note-taking can actually make it a fun experience with the easier recollection of the key points. It has the following uses specific to note-taking,

  1. Helps break down larger chunks of data into smaller and more relatable proportions.
  2. Gives an overview at one quick glance
  3. Engages both the left and right side of the brain → whole-brain thinking
  4. Helps to create notes quickly → save times
  5. Gives abundant flexibility than the traditional note-taking methods
  6. Ensures that entire information is captured
  7. Is easier to read, grasp and go back to specific key points → finding key points in traditional/ liner notes is a tedious task.

4.Difference between mind mapping and concept mapping:


The key difference between a concept map and a mind map is the layout.

  1. Mind maps have a radial structure whereas concept maps have a tree-like structure.
  2. Mind maps focus on one particular concept, whereas concept maps focus on multiple ideas
  3. Making a mind map is quicker, faster, and simpler as it can be based on abstract thinking. Concept maps on the other hand are usually based on real concepts and might be complicated in comparision. 



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