As a guideline, you can see that just copying the text into a concept map does not work. There were two sentences in the text, the second of which was really two statements. And we ended up with three linear strands, one for each. The concept map can be read easily, but is not much of an improvement in terms of explanation over the text. Furthermore, once you start adding more concepts and trying to add crosslinks (which we'll study later), this format of a map doesn't work.

Let's build this Cmap step by step. First, lets extract the concepts from the text.  Lets do it as an exercise:


One way, and a recommended way, to construct a concept map is to begin by adding the concepts to the CmapTools canvas, at the side, in what we call the parking lot of concept waiting to be added to the map. Here is the list of concepts. The first step in the construction of the concept map would something like this:


Sports 2 List of Concepts

Sports - Concepts in the parking lot



The next step is to distribute the concepts on the canvas in a way that they reflect their relative hierarchical position. This ordering is to some extent subjective, as it depends on one's understanding of the topic. For this short text we'll go by the content of the text itself. The next figure shows the result. The concepts are not necessarily in their final position, but its a way to set them up to begin connecting them with linking words to form propositions.


Sports 3 Concepts in Position


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