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  • Topic Development p.31-58
  • Choosing a Topic
    • Sometimes you may have to think of a writing topic.
    • It is important to put time and effort into picking the perfect topic, as this will help lead to an interesting & organized essay.
  • Strategies for Choosing a Topic
    • Pay attention to the media- issues, events, controversies, & concerns that are being discussed.
    • Almost anything being covered in “quality” newspapers, journals, & websites.
  • Strategies for Choosing a Topic
    • Consider what is being taught in other classes- What are interesting topics your history or science teachers discuss?
    • What is a subject you have considerable knowledge about?
  • Strategies for Choosing a Topic
    • Listen to people around you- what are some interesting topics people discuss around you?
    • Perhaps someone’s complaints or interests could lead to an interesting essay.
  • Strategies for Choosing a Topic
    • Freewrite - sometimes the process of writing everything that comes to mind can be useful.
    • After writing for about 10 minutes, you can go back and analyze material- what could work and what is junk?
  • Strategies for Choosing a Topic
    • Fill in the Blanks- filling in the blanks can help generate a great topic.
    • Although many people say _____, I think ____.
    • Doing _____ could help many people.
    • Many people do not understand the meaning of __.
    • The main cause/effect of ___ is ____.
    • The best way to ____ is to ______.
  • Narrowing a Broad Topic
    • It is important to have a topic that is narrow enough to effectively write about for a college paper.
    • Peer pressure > Causes/Effects of peer pressure > Effects of peer pressure on middle school students > Effects of peer pressure on middle school boys > How middle school peer pressure creates boy bullies
  • Narrowing a Broad Topic
    • Make Lists- write a broad topic down. Underneath it, list all the more narrow topic that fall into that category.
    • You may find that sub-topics from the first list could even generate their own list!
  • Narrowing a Broad Topic
    • Make “mind” maps- First write down a broad topic. Next, write anything you associate with this topic around it.
    • Once you have everything mapped out, it is easier to see what can generate just enough writing material.