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  • 1. TOPIC FOCUS How to find a good topic for your research
  • 2. Study the Topics Below.
    • ___ sports throughout history
    • ___ the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
    • ___ how football developed
  • 3. 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
  • 4.
    • ___ sports throughout history
    • ___ the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
    • ___ how football developed
  • 5.
    • C sports throughout history
    • A the controversy over academic standards and high school football eligibility
    • B how football developed
  • 6. TRY AGAIN
    • ___ How genetic engineering will
    • affect families
    • ___ the science of biology
    • ___ the accomplishments of major
    • twentieth-century biologists
  • 7. The Answers:
    • A How genetic engineering will
    • affect families
    • C the science of biology
    • B the accomplishments of major
    • twentieth-century biologists
  • 8. Another Try
    • ___ electing good government officials
    • ___ causes of higher voter turnout in the
    • last national election
    • ___ how elections works
  • 9. The Answers:
    • B electing good government officials
    • A causes of higher voter turnout in the
    • last national election
    • C how elections works
  • 10. One Last Try
    • ___ the career of Brad Pitt
    • ___ the world’s most famous actor
    • ___ Brad Pitt’s acting methods
  • 11. The Answers:
    • B the career of Sherlock Holmes
    • C the world’s most famous
    • detectives
    • A Sherlock Holmes’ methods of
    • detection
  • 12. What next?
    • You have come up with a possible research topic.
    • You have turned the topic into a question.
    • Will it work?
  • 13. Topics Related to Soccer
    • Which will work best?
  • 14. 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?
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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?
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 3. Is football superior to soccer?
    • No, this demands only personal opinion and no analysis or conclusion.
    • It cannot be researched or proven.
  • 19. 4. What are the best kind of soccer shoes?
    • This is too narrow.
  • 20. 5. How does soccer compare to all other high school sports?
    • This is too broad.
  • 21. A Good Question:
    • What caused soccer to emerge one of the most popular organized sports in America?
  • 22. 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.