Abstract. Concept maps have been widely used the fields of Science and Technology. (Abrams, 1999) Though, in other learning fields, such as Human or Environmental Sciences, its use seems not to be much explored. This study presents a proposal for the use of the concept maps in the area of Environment Education and the study of the mother tongue to improve text comprehension by students of High School of a public school in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For such, we offered an optional workshop of 18 hours divided in two Saturdays, outside the school context. In order to assess the students ’ improvement in text comprehension, we analyzed their written summaries of the same text, one written before and other after the intervention with concept maps. The results show that the students were able to understand better the text, among other improvements. So concept maps came out as a powerful tool to text comprehension, particularly the ones related to environmental education.
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