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SPH 107 Ch 5


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SPH 107 Ch 5

  1. 1. Chapter 5 Selecting and Narrowing Your Topic
  2. 2. Generating Topics <ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Inventory of topics that interest you. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing a Topic <ul><li>Expand your personal inventory. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify why topics in your personal inventory interest you and try to find other topics that interest you in a similar way. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This will also help you explore your beliefs and attitudes. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Choosing a Topic <ul><li>Concept mapping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual means of exploring connections between topics and related ideas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask yourself questions about potential topics such as who, what, when, where, and how. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Choosing a Topic <ul><li>Researching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research articles in the library to make an informed choice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works well with the other methods for choosing a topic. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Narrowing Your Topic <ul><li>The Mold Method </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1 - Select Your General Topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2 – Determine Your Topic Area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3 – Consider Your General Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4 – Decide Your Specific Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 5 – Create Your Thesis Statement </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Narrowing Your Topic <ul><li>Test the Mold Method </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my thesis focus on the needs and interest of my specific audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my Thesis reflect my general purpose? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my thesis address my specific purpose in a single, declarative sentence? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my thesis statement focus on a single main point? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is my thesis phrased using concrete language and style? </li></ul></ul>