Webbing is a graphic strategy that provides a visual picture of how words or phrases connect to an object, concept, or topic. As students determine the characteristics of an object or idea, they begin to define the object by classifying its characteristics. Students begin to understand how the object or idea is similar or different from others. Webbing helps students clarify concepts.
Purpose of Semantic Webbing
Semantic Webbing organizes information and relationships in a visual display. It helps in reading comprehension and concept attainment and in the setting of purpose for reading through prediction. It is also a helpful strategy for idea generation and organization in the writing process.
Semantic Webbing can be used both narrative or expository texts. It begins with the core topic which the teacher writes in the center. The students brainstorm the words and phrases which in related to the core word or describes that object. These are written on the spokes of the web. The Webs can be used for review of materials already studied or for new lesson.
Class discussion follows, with the teacher as the facilitator, to argue against or to defend the perceived relationships of the dictated words to the topic, and eventually a consensus is reached as to what the class believes constitutes a “web” for that concept
· provides opportunities for the visual learner to recall the characteristics of an object or idea and to make connections for later use
· helps students use and share their prior knowledge
· helps students relate existing knowledge to content
· stimulate participation
· helps students identify patterns of information
· provides students opportunities to think critically about an idea and determine its critical attributes.
Semantic Webbing has been shown to be an excellent strategy for use in reading lessons. It not only provides a framework for the students' conceptualization of the story, it also allows the teacher to observe the students' comprehension. In general, the use of graphic displays has proven to significantly improve comprehension and recall with normally achieving students and students with learning disabilities.