What topic are you going to research? What questions do you have about the report?
Specific Research Questions
The topic or issue will help narrow down what you can research for your report. A specific research question will help focus your research to a specific area.
A broad question like “What is global warming?” is way to big to write about and try to research in our time allotted. Plus, that one has already been answered. A better, more narrow question on this topic would be, “How does global warming affect the California shorelines?”
This research question narrows down a broad topic and connects it to you. If you are a Business major, you might want to ask, “What are carbon credits, and how might they affect the California economy?” This question connects your interest or topic to your major.
Report Purpose and Topic
Review what is already known about a subject.
Report new knowledge.
I take your point
The concepts we will be studying about writing also pertain to oral conversations. The templates from Chapter 12 show how to frame a comment in response to a discussion or argument. How to change a topic as well as how to be clear when speaking and writing.
Reality is Broken Introduction
What is McGonigal arguing for in her introduction?
We will spend today’s discussion framing our responses to one another. Chapter 12 helps us understand this idea. Take a look at the templates used to frame a comment in response to someone else.