"Positional Mind Maps," a new take on "mind maps," help students form arguments using a concept map-like structure. To create a "positional mind map," students take a theme from the course and put it in the middle of the page. They then branch off on one side of the page with a web of authors and concepts. On the other side of the page, they add history, anecdotes, and evidence. After fleshing out both sides, they form their argument at the bottom of the page. This activity facilitates thesis formation and paper-writing.
See below for a mind mapping template.