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Finding a topic for your paper. Remember Writing Territories?. STRONG!. Topic = thesis statement core. That thesis is what will motivate and influence all research The thesis is also what your writing will develop from.

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Finding a topic for your paper

Finding a topic for your paper

Remember Writing Territories?


  • Topic = thesis statement core.

  • That thesis is what will motivate and influence all research

  • The thesis is also what your writing will develop from.

  • Weak topic selection can lead to a weak thesis which can doom you into mediocrity.

Risk originality

  • Overdone topics = annoying to those who listen to year in and year out. 

  • Unless you can add a PERSONAL SPIN…


  • Making a topic personal and adding yourself can turn even the most done topic into something fresh.

  • New research to cite helps!

  • Best = new, risky topic.  Boundaries exist, but choosing a controversial/taboo topic can instantly draw in your audience.  


  • Topic can captivate the interest of a majority of the audience. 

  • Never select a topic to humor audiences

  • But try to chose a subject that others can find interesting. 

  • Holding an audience captive and raising their curiosity is AWESOME!

Can it be researched
Can it be researched?

  • It is difficult to cite anything when sources are near non-existence. 

  • This can either come from the selected topic not having much resources written on the topic OR because the information is not accessible. 

  • Either way, this leaves you in a limited position of what you can learn and cite regarding the issue.

Be concise
Be Concise!

  • Select a topic that can be turned into a concise thesis. 

  • Hard to write a paper when the thesis is so broad that it seems as if the topic changes mid-research. 

  • Be narrow. 

  • The larger a thesis/topic is, the easier it is for the paper to enter inflation as you try to touch upon every idea or tangent you can find.  Find the main idea of a subject and write about that.

Love it
Love it!

  • If you do not love your topic then that will be reflected in your paper. 

  • Your analysis will be rushed and your research thin. 

  • Love what you do!

Some i could think of or stole from debate
Some I could think of…(or stole from debate)

  • Is the Confederate Flag Racist?

  • Americans are stupid.

  • Is it necessary to cheat your way through school?

  • 16 and NOT pregnant!

  • I’m a teen, not a criminal: Changing perceptions of teens.

  • Think of you.. What you like, what you’re into…

Here s some goodies
Here’s some goodies…

  • Racial profiling is a legitimate law-enforcement policy.

  • The “White”-centric world we live in.

  • Pay me what I’m worth – equally the “gender gap” in pay.

  • Are homosexual characters appropriate in daytime TV?

  • High school classes should be separated by gender.

More goodies
More goodies…

  • Get Your Business Out of My Sports!

  • Let the rich eat my taxes!

  • Literature today is still same-old, same-old (gender issues)

  • Martha Stewart was persecuted

  • Or.. Increased punishment for “white-collar” crimes.

  • European systems (pick education, health care, etc) are better.

  • TV is NOT me.

  • Female stereotypes are well-deserved.

  • Becoming Amish and other ways to get around taxes


  • Abortion

  • Gay marriage/adoption

  • Media stereotypes

  • Eating disorders

  • Steroids

  • Death penalty.

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.. I’m sorry I fell asleep!