Topics, Research, Library Sources and
Step One: Pick a Topic
What do I like?
What do I want to know more
What will hold my interest for
What can I prove about my potential
Will I be able to find reliable sources?
Will I be able to find the required
Juvenile Death Penalty
Alternative Energy Sources
Genetic Disorders/ Syndromes
Negative Impact of large salaries/ media
English as US language
Public Smoking Laws
Your general topic
should not be too broad or too narrow
should be of interest to you
should be “researchable” information
Your Specific Topic
Your goal now is to narrow your research topic
based on the information you have found
Find a topic you can get enough information on
6 pages. Choosing too many topics will
result in too much information.
Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADD, Multiple
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE DISORDERS TO
RESEARCH, not all of them.
A thesis sums up what the paper will tell
the reader. It is not the topic. The topic is
of the paper, the thesis tells
the reader something
the topic. The
thesis should be at least one complete
sentence, it must be logical, and the writer
must make a claim that he or she can
with the content of the paper.
Rules for Writing a Thesis Statement
It must be a complete sentence.
It can not be a question.
It should be provable with facts, anecdotes,
It needs to represent you and your ideas.
Do not use first or second person pronouns.
Do not use clichés.
Video and audio techniques have become so
advanced, the movie industry can and will be able to
create lifelike scenes and actions.
With his leadership skills, offensive output,
and work ethic, Mike Piazza excels as the best Major
League catcher in the history of baseball.
The Graphic design industry has taken the
video game to a whole new level and because of
advancing technology, will continue to do so in the
Middle East Conflict
Different Moslem ideologies make Israeli
Palestinian peace difficult.
The United States Navy has a history of
attracting the finest men and women to serve in its
forces, and will continue to meet the naval needs of the
nation by enlisting highly qualified individuals in its
The death penalty has always been a popular
form of punishment in the United States, and will
continue to thrive due to new technology and research.
What do I already know about
Where can I verify that
information in print?
What do I still need to find out?
What will I need to cover to
prove my thesis?
An argumentative paper makes a claim
about a topic and justifies this clam
with specific evidence.
The claim can be an opinion, a policy
proposal, an evaluation, a cause
effect statement, or an interpretation.
The goal of the argumentative paper is
to convince the audience that the claim
is true based on the evidence provided.
High school graduates should be required to take a
year off to pursue community service projects
before entering college in order to increase their
maturity and global awareness.
The paper that follows should:
present an argument and give evidence
to support the claim that students
should pursue community projects
before entering college.
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ANYWHERE THERE IS
Please work diligently and
keep track of all due dates!!
See Mrs. Minahan ASAP if
you have any questions or