Lotus diagram

This strategy will help students to:

  • break down and visually organise complex topics. 


  1. Separate a piece of paper into nine sections.

  2. In the centre section, record the topic. In the smaller sections around the centre record sub topics.

  3. In the other sections, use the same process of breaking it into nine sections. Write the subtopics in each of the centre sections and then more information about the subtopics in the remaining sections.

Example: STIs and BBVs

Students research the symptoms, treatment and prevention of different sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses. Students then organise their findings using a lotus diagram.