So you’re starting an essay?
Here are some steps to get you started…
Topic: What is your research topic?
Explanation: Choose a topic that you’re interested in writing about. If your teacher gave you the topics, think of a specific aspect of the topic you’d like to discuss. For example, if you’re writing about “Social Media”, ask yourself: What about social media do you want to discuss?
Example: Your topic here would combine the two: “Social Media and social justice activism”. More specifically, maybe you’re interested in discussing:
“trending hashtags that relate to a specific social/political cause”
Why is your topic important? What is your research topic?
Convince us why this topic is important and why we should care about reading it. Provide some facts, research, examples, or a powerful quote.
ex: With trending hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter #YesAllWomen and #IdleNoMore, social media has become a powerful tool for social justice activism.
Here is an example using The Writing Project:
So what? Why does the answer you gave matter?
Push yourself to think of a good reason why this topic is important It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, but it does need to be interesting. Besides, you’re going to be writing about it for the next few days. People can feel your passion through words, if you don’t care about it, why are you writing it?.
Give example: This is an indication that connectivity through social media is an important tool to leverage in 21st century to help raise awareness about how we can all make a difference.
So now you have the start of your paragraph. It will look something like this:
Social media can be used as a tool for social justice activism. With trending hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter #YesAllWomen and #IdleNoMore, social media has become a powerful tool for social justice activism. This is an indication that connectivity through social media is an important tool to leverage in 21st century to help raise awareness about how we can all make a difference.
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2 thoughts on “Getting Started with Writing: Create a Topic”
Rusul, once again you are a help. In my ESY class this summer we are just about to start a research essay for their writing goals. Sixths is quite helpful, thanks hope your summer is going well.
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Thanks so much for reading and commenting Eric. Let me know if you need any resources, anything at all for your class next year. Hope you’re having a great summer!
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