Write for five minutes, without worrying about syntax, clarity of ideas, or correctness in order to get down on paper your responses to an assigned reading.
Drawing on your freewriting, list items that spark your interest. Dont censor ideas: ideas that seem the toughest or most confusing could provide a launch for your best topic. In looking for items to highlight, consider:
an overlooked connection or disjunction
unexplained differences or similarities
what seems to be the case and is not
inability to find a pattern
inability to generalize
unaccounted for data
a gap in knowledge
Looking at one or two items on your list, develop it into a targeted question using this four-step process:
These guidelines are courtesy of Greg Colomb, Joe Williams, University of Chicago; Karen Tracey, U. of Northern Iowa.
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