Writing Prompt • Write a research paper about a disability that interests you.
Purposes • To inform others about your topic • To offer a unique perspective on a topic • To learn more about a topic
Audiences • Classmates and teacher • Community members • People interested in your topic • Web users
Formats • Essay for class • Encyclopedia article • Oral report • PowerPoint Presentation • Documentary
What topic should you research? • Make a list of interesting questions, such as Why does ADHD affect so many students? and How can we cure cancer? • Then choose a question from your list that you think would make a good topic for your research. • Consider a personal interest (for example a friend, a family member, a role model who has this disease/disability) that you would like to learn more about.
How to use the internet to make a decision on THE question/topic. • Type each of your questions into the search engine (.edu, .org, .gov, .net). • Write down anything you find interesting. This is to help you make a decision; it is not a start to your research. • You want to make an informed decision on your topic. • It does not make good use of your time to realize partway through your paper that you really don’t like your research topic.
What does it look like? • Keep in mind that your research paper will only be a few pages long. • Small specific topics are easier to research and write about than larger ones. • Use a graphic organizer to narrow your topic. • 1. Diseases (way too broad) • 2. Why do people get diseases? (narrower, but still too broad for my paper) • 3. What causes Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy?(narrow topic) • 4. Why did my cousin get Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy? (too narrow)
What do you want to find out? • General Goal: I want to learn more about Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy. • Questions: • Why does Duchene’s MD interest me? I had a cousin who developed this disease and died from it. • What do I want to learn about Duchene’s MD? I want to know what causes it, why some people get it and some don’t, and why it progresses differently. • Specific Goal: I want to learn more about Duchene’s MD, specifically the causes, the prevalence, and the differentiated progression.
What do you want to find out? • General Goal: • Questions: • Why does _______________interest me? • What do I want to learn about ___________? • Specific Goal: I want to learn more about ___________________________________________________________________________.