Are you tired of students taking a week to select a topic? Maybe you have some students who choose a topic but then have to switch five times because they can't find credible research for any of their initial choices?
After witnessing these issues too many times, I created scaffolded graphic organizers to help students choose a research topic, turn it into a question, and funnel it from broad to narrow.
This teaching resource contains two graphic organizers
. One is a funnel
that will help students sift their broad topic (like sports or video games) to make it more specific. An example is included that you can use to model for students. The second graphic organizer can be used in conjunction with the funnel or by itself. It helps students to create research questions
based upon their broad topic of interest. After creating research questions, you can ask students to write possible thesis statements. Again, examples are included so that you can model expectations for students.
Also, you will find an editable list of argumentative writing topics
. Struggling writers and those who lack confidence sometimes appreciate having a list from which to choose. You can give the list to all students or provide it upon request. The second editable list features some example research questions
students can use while brainstorming.
Finally, you'll have a creative topic brainstorming page that you can use to generate a class list of topics your students might be interested in.
You can read about how I use all of the resources in this teaching tool on my blog: How to Help Teens Choose Research Topics: A Scaffolded Approach.
Use these argumentative topic choice and research question resources with your secondary level students to set them up for success.
THIS RESOURCE IS ALSO INCLUDED IN A LARGER ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING BUNDLE FOR GRADES 7-12.
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