Selecting a Topic
Students often complain, "I don't know what to write about." Use these two pages to give them concrete strategies for finding worthwhile topics.
After students have reviewed these pages, ask them to use one or more of the strategies to find a topic. This topic can provide the starting point for a formal essay or an idea to use with the prewriting strategies that follow in this chapter. For example, on the next pages, students will refine their thinking about their topic and find a focus.