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Title: Finding The Topic: A Brainstorming Pre-Writing Strategy Taraa Mothuratana June 6, 2013


Objectives Students will be able to generate and brainstorm ideas by using the “Start with What You Know and Love” graphic organizer Students will be able to connect their research topic ideas to the curriculum or written assignment by using the “Connect it to the Curriculum” graphic organizer

Introduction to Finding The Topic:

Introduction to Finding The Topic You have another written assignment, and you can’t figure out what to write about? Find your topic by using these graphic organizers to generate and brainstorm possible ideas! Finding The Topic is a pre-writing strategy that uses what you like, what you do for fun, what you care about, and what your interested in Area of interest + Area of Study = Possible Research Topic

Demonstrating Finding The Topic:

Demonstrating Finding The Topic Step 1: Think of things you like, things you do for fun, things you care about, and things your interested in What I found the most helpful is thinking of likes, interests, etc., I have within the subject of the assignment For example, research paper related to TESOL Retrieved from: Peha, S. (2010, p. 21) -Identity -Reading -Immigrants -Teaching in Thailand

Demonstration: Step 1 continue:

Demonstration: Step 1 continue For example: For EESL 685, we had to find a research topic that relates to TESOL This is my own likes and interests I have come up with -Identity -Culture -Writing -Languages -Reading (manga, fiction) -Traveling -Text messaging -Using Facebook -Ethnic studies, esp. Asian American Studies -School -Family -Immigrants -Refugees -Southeast Asians -Thailand -Cram School -Teaching in Thailand

Demonstration: Step 2:

Demonstration: Step 2 Step 2: Try to combine your interest and subject into a topic Interest + Subject = Topic The third column, topics (possible areas for research) may take more time, so don’t worry Now you have a variety of topics! Choose which one you are most passionate about. You can always revise your topic if it’s too broad -Identity -TESOL -identity affected by learning ESL -Thailand -TESOL -growing need of English in Thailand -Writing -TESOL -code-switching in L2 writing -TESOL -TESOL -TESOL -Family -Cram schools -Culture -family dynamics, child and mother is sent to US -The rise of cram schools in Thailand -High-context cultures in classroom management

Guided Practice:

Guided Practice Scenario: Your history teacher has assigned you to write a research paper on the Civil War, but you have no clue what to write about Use the two graphic organizers to come up with a topic Share with your neighbor how you came up with your topic Now share with the class!

Apply The Strategy:

Apply The Strategy When ever you are given a written assignment with no specific topic, use this strategy to come up with one, especially if your stuck This can work for many genres such as a research paper, persuasive argument, expository and so on

Assess & Reflect:

Assess & Reflect Complete the two graphic organizers/worksheets Write a reflection summary based on using this strategy. Was it helpful? Would you use this strategy in the future? Please explain, as well as give suggestions. The teacher will collect the worksheets (graphic organizers) and reflection summary for assessment


Resources Peha, S. (2010). I don’t know what to write about. The Writing Teacher’s Strategy Guide (pp. 5-19). Retrieved from .

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