Choosing a topic Pick an issue that … you feel strongly about. controversial. hasn’t been done too many times. Can you find evidence to support your opinion? Who cares? Will you understand the research?
Pitfall #1 Broad topic… Too much information. Could not fit all of the information in 5 paragraphs. Write a book about the topic? Too broad! Examples: Sports Global warming Agriculture
Pitfall #2 Narrow topic… Too little or no information. Cannot successfully develop 5 paragraphs. Zero results--too narrow! Examples: T-ball injuries among elementary students Effect of weather changes on algae growth Rodenticide Act’s effect on farmers in Midwest