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    • TOPIC FOCUS How to find a good topic for your research
    • Study the Topics Below.
      • ___ sports throughout history
      • ___ the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
      • ___ how football developed
    • Which is which?
      • Choose C for the topic that is broadest
      • B for the topic that is more focused
      • A beside that topic that is most focused
      • ___ sports throughout history
      • ___ the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
      • ___ how football developed
      • C sports throughout history
      • A the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
      • B how football developed
    • TRY AGAIN
      • ___ How genetic engineering will
      • affect families
      • ___ the science of biology
      • ___ the accomplishments of major
      • twentieth-century biologists
    • The Answers:
      • A How genetic engineering will
      • affect families
      • C the science of biology
      • B the accomplishments of major
      • twentieth-century biologists
    • Another Try
      • ___ electing good government officials
      • ___ causes of higher voter turnout in the
      • last national election
      • ___ how elections works
    • The Answers:
      • B electing good government officials
      • A causes of higher voter turnout in the
      • last national election
      • C how elections works
    • One Last Try
      • ___ the career of Brad Pitt
      • ___ the world’s most famous actor
      • ___ Brad Pitt’s acting methods
    • The Answers:
      • B the career of Sherlock Holmes
      • C the world’s most famous
      • detectives
      • A Sherlock Holmes’ methods of
      • detection
    • What next?
      • You have come up with a possible research topic.
      • You have turned the topic into a question.
      • Will it work?
    • Topics Related to Soccer
      • Which will work best?
    • The questions:
      • Why do I like to play soccer?
      • What caused soccer to emerge one of the most popular organized sports in America?
      • Is football superior to soccer?
      • What are the best kind of soccer shoes?
      • How does soccer compare to all other high school sports?
    • Possible Problems:
      • A. too broad
      • B. Too narrow
      • C. Cannot be researched or proven
      • D. Calls for a summary only; requires no analysis or conclusions
      • E. Demands only personal opinion and no analysis or conclusions
    • Which would work best?
      • Why do I like to play soccer?
      • What caused soccer to emerge one of the most popular organized sports in America?
      • Is football superior to soccer?
      • What are the best kind of soccer shoes?
      • How does soccer compare to all other high school sports?
    • 1. Why do I like to play soccer?
      • No, this demands only personal opinion and no analysis or conclusion.
      • It cannot be researched or proven.
    • 3. Is football superior to soccer?
      • No, this demands only personal opinion and no analysis or conclusion.
      • It cannot be researched or proven.
    • 4. What are the best kind of soccer shoes?
      • This is too narrow.
    • 5. How does soccer compare to all other high school sports?
      • This is too broad.
    • A Good Question:
      • What caused soccer to emerge one of the most popular organized sports in America?
    • Works Cited
      • Engelland, Leslie P. Practice in Style:
      • Activities for Writing the Short
      • Term Paper. Logan, Iowa:
      • Perfection Learning Corporation,
      • 2006.
      • Idea adapted from this book.