Narrowing Down a Topic
When you receive a writing assignment, sometimes the hardest part is narrowing down your topic. For example, if you are doing a research paper about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, there are thousands of pieces of information from which to choose. You could write about his early life, his career before his presidency or his important achievements as president. Any one of those topics is still very broad.
One way to narrow down a topic is to determine what part of your subject’s life most interests you. For instance, you could choose to write about some of Roosevelt’s most successful initiatives during the Great Depression. You could focus either on the people’s perspectives or on his, as well as the challenges he faced as president. You could also write about his first 100 days, when he signed 15 major pieces of legislation.
For a detailed explanation about why narrowing a topic is an important part of the writing process and tips on how to accomplish it, check out Ohio State University’s Narrowing a Topic, osu.pb.unizin.org/choosingsources/chapter/narrowing-a-topic.
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