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Topic Development


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Topic Development

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