Initial Research Freewrite
Think about your topic and choose one of the following prompts to respond to in a five minute freewrite:
1. What do you already know about your topic? What do you want to know / need to know in order to write a paper?
2. What is your opinion on your chosen topic? What other opinions might one have?
Focusing your Topic
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Who? What? When? Where? are factual questions that for the most part, are not debatable. Everyone generally agrees with the responses to these questions. Use these questions to gather information about your topic, then ask yourself a why? or how? question. Why? and How? questions are interesting and lead to discussions.
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