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Topic Selection and Brainstorming

Topic Selection and Brainstorming


This Remote Learning Plan was created by Joanna Pruitt as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

*I have remixed this lesson to use for a 9-12 grade research paper class. The only changes I made were to break it up into smaller sections (Topic Selection and Brainstorming) in order to fit it into our course schedule. 

Step 1: Pick a Topic

This needs to be something that you have an interest in or an opinion on that can be answered or supported through research. You will spend a huge amount of time on this paper so make sure that the topic interests you.

After you complete some research, you should be able to narrow you topic. In choosing a suitable topic, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is there enough material on my topic?
  • Do I have time to contact all the sources I need?
  • Will I be able to narrow this topic?
  • Will I be able to develop a thesis?
  • Is this topic interesting enough to work on for two months?
  • Will I be able to cover the topic in the assigned length of the paper?



How to Develop a Good Research Topic

Note: If you Google research paper topics, you will get a ton of lists.