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62 4 Finding and Exploring Your Topic Choosing Something to Write About Understand What a Good Topic Is A topic is what or who you are writing about. A good topic for an essay is one that interests you, that you know something about, and that you can get involved in. Any topic that you choose to write about should pass the following test: QUESTIONS FOR FINDING A GOOD TOPIC Does this topic interest me? If so, why do I care about it? Do I know something about it? Do I want to know more? Can I get involved with some part of it? Is it relevant to my life in some way? Is it speciF c enough for a short essay? Choose one of the following topics or one of your own, and focus on one aspect of it that you know about and are interested in. (±or example, focus on one speciF c pet peeve you have, one personal goal, or one aspect of male/female relationships that interests you.) My goals Pet peeves Personal responsibility Taking risks Male/female relationships IDEA JOURNAL Read the You Know This box above, and write about a current topic of interest to you. You Know This You recognize top- ics when you talk, read, or watch television. • You read about hot topics such as sex scandals, cults, and execu- tions. • You talk with a friend about the topic of athletes’ salaries. ¡
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Something I’m really good at Something I’m proud of Something I’m really interested in (what I do in my spare time) Family roles Reality TV Popular music PRACTICE 1 FINDING A GOOD TOPIC Ask the Questions for Finding a Good Topic (p. 62) about the topic you have chosen. If you answer “no” to any of the questions, look for another topic, or modify the one you chose. MY TOPIC: Keeping in mind the general topic you have chosen, read the rest of this chapter, and complete all of the practice activities. When you ± nish, you will have found a good topic to write about and explored ideas related to that topic. Narrow Your Topic To narrow a topic is to focus on the smaller parts of a general topic until you ± nd a more limited topic or an angle that is interesting, familiar, and speci± c. In real life, you narrow topics all the time: You talk with friends about a particular song rather than music, about a particular person rather than the human race, or about a class you’re taking rather than about every class the college offers. In college writing, you often need to do the same thing. A professor may give you a broad topic like “religion and culture,” “cheating in our society,” “TV: good or bad?,” or “goals in life.” If you tried to write about one of these topics without narrowing it, you couldn’t possibly dig deeply into it in a few pages. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to narrow broad topics, some of which are shown in the next few pages.
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