For this class, you will be writing an argumentative article on a “publicly debated issue,” specifically geared toward a publication of your choice. You will send me an email discussing your ideas for a topic.
I will not be assigning you topics; you can pick your own, within reason. I will approve of your choice before you write your proposal. Here are a few guidelines to help you find your topic:
|The subject must be debatable. There must be AT LEAST two sides to the subject.|
|It must be big enough to have sufficient support and disagreement printed about it, but small enough to be manageable.|
|It should have an original, fresh “spin” to it, yet be appropriate for your chosen publication.|
Most importantly, your topic should be about something you are PASSIONATE about! Here’s your chance to research and write about something that is important to you.
To find a topic, look around you:
|Conversations or debates you’ve had in the past week with friends, parents, partners|
|Controversies in the media|
|Disagreement all around you|
|Experiences that raised questions that you couldn’t answer|
|Academic subjects that sparked questions in you|
|Watching tv or movies|
Here are some ideas from Dr. Dave
You MUST have your topic approved by me in order to proceed. There are certain topics I won’t accept.
Submit your topic idea to me in an informal email, with some discussion on why you are interested in it. I will email you back with my thoughts on your choice. This will not receive a grade, only an approval or denial and my comments.