• Today we will be narrowing your subjects into topics. Let's begin that process by freewriting about your experiences with connecting your freedom subjects to real world examples in your Character Analysis.
  • Ask yourself, "What conflicts did I observe in the examples I used in my Character Analysis?" Next, freewrite about it for 5-10 minutes. I'll let you know when to stop.

Topic Narrowing

  • Now that we have some ideas about where we might begin researching these issues further, let's work out some specific topics for each of you.
    • Write down 3 significant factors that affect your subject and are interesting to you. We'll discuss and suggest ideas before we begin writing.
      • For section 240, you'll be looking at social forces/influences.
      • For sections 246 & 247, you'll be examining technological forces/influences.
      • If you want to deviate from these guidelines, please consult with me after class.
    • Once you have listed some factors, we'll use the library resources to help guide our projects. Over the next twenty minutes, use your three factors to perform a quick search of the databases and take note of any articles whose titles sound intriguing. You don't need to read the articles, just look for stuff that interests you.

Example Wikis

For the last ten minutes of class, I want to show you where we're headed with all this. Let's take a look at the three main ingredients in a good wiki project:

Good uses of:

Information: Matt the Magician

Style: Alex

Organization: Kelly

Overall Presentation: Matty B.

Remember: These examples are not from the same assignment that you have; they are provided here as a demonstration of good technique.


  • Over the weekend, you'll need to decide on your specific topic. Remember, you don't need to have a topic angle yet; in other words, you don't need to know how your going to cook your argument right away, just the main ingredient of your research stew.
  • Once you've decided on your topic, write it down, along with any explanation you can provide, and bring it to class Monday. You'll be handing these in at the beginning of class, so don't forget!