Saturday, September 6, 2008

How do I choose a topic?

You will be choosing a topic based on a person or organization that has made a positive impact on humanity...essentially, someone or something that has made a difference.

Some things to consider:

  • Your topic must have enough information to span a year-long project.
  • Since you are spending so much time on it, choose something that you are really interested in.
  • Will you be able to create a variety of writing pieces, including a research paper with the amount of information you have?
  • Are there a variety of sources on the topic? (ie. books, magazine articles, reference materials, primary source documents, multi-media information, as well as the internet)
  • Do you have any personal connections to the topic?

Some questions to ask yourself about your topic:

  • What issues do I care about and why?
  • What types of things inspire me to make a difference in the world?
  • What people or organizations do I admire because they have changed the world in a positive way?
  • Have I ever done any volunteer work? How does that make me feel?
  • What motivates me to make a difference?

Some websites to visit:

If you are looking for a person to use for your topic, these websites are a great resource:

If you are looking for an organization, these websites are a great place to start:

Some other topics in general:

  • Women’s rights
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healthcare
  • Justice and discrimination
  • Youth
  • Music and the arts
  • Environmental issues
  • Genocide
  • Hunger/poverty
  • Migrant/immigrant rights
  • Slavery/trafficking of persons
  • Right to education
  • Right to housing
  • Freedom of expression
  • Animal rights
Think about this on a personal level and please feel free to discuss this with Mrs. Schelhorn or Mrs. Pal. We're happy to help, advise, and answer any questions. :o)