A Lotus Diagram is used to identify, organize, and break down information. It helps students to think logically about new and old information learned. It creates a visual picture and demonstrates how each part makes up the whole. The tool can be used by a group, an entire classroom, or by an individual.

When to use

this strategy:

To identify components of a broad topic

To create a visual/mental model for learning

To prioritize information



branches of government

parts of a flower

types of quadrilaterals

types of poetry


What does

it look like?

Click here to see a template of a Lotus Diagram.

How to use

this strategy:

In the middle square write the topic or main idea. In the remaining squares, brainstorm sub-topics associated with the main idea. Finally, prioritize your ideas and decide which are more important. To take the Lotus a step further, students can select one of the brainstorm squares and complete an additional Lotus Diagram on that square, getting into greater detail.