Review: Narrowing a Topic Worksheet on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Narrowing a Topic worksheet is a free download available
on Teachers Pay Teachers. The worksheet is a basic draft sheet for writers to
use to take a general area of interest and hone it down to a developed topic
The worksheet is a basic tool built on a fairly simple
concept. Students name a topic, do some brainstorming, come up with questions,
and then generate a topic statement that is then further analyzed to be sure it
can support a well-rounded essay. It’s a single sheet with two sections. The
first section has an example modeling how best to use the worksheet, and then
there is a second, blank section for students to practice on their own.
There is truly something to be said for simple, basic tools
like this. In my own life, writing and otherwise, I find it very help to have
pre-made charts, graphs, and tables to give me some structure when I
need/have/want to brainstorm something. And there’s something about this
particular worksheet that brings to mind a passage I read in Mary Higgins
Clark’s memoir, Kitchen Privileges, wherein she says that a lot of her novels
start with a little question – “What if...?" or “Suppose...?" If she thinks the
question is interesting enough, she writes the story to answer it. This guide
will help intermediate and advanced writers come up with a good structure for
their writing, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.
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