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I've been assigned a paper - now what??

I've been assigned a paper - now what??

Author: Emma Allen
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So your teacher just assigned you a paper, but you have no idea what to write or how to write it? Well, you’re in luck – that’s why I’m here!!! In this packet, I will guide you through the selection of your topic, how to narrow the focus of your topic and give you a brief overview of the writing process. These techniques will prove useful time and again as you progress through school and into your professional life, whatever career you should happen to choose.

This packet will give you a brief overview of the entire writing process and walk you through the first two steps in the writing process. It will help you develop a focused topic for your paper using a broad general area or book.

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So your teacher just assigned you a paper, but you have no idea what to write or how to write it? Well, you’re in luck – that’s why I’m here!!! In this packet, I will guide you through the selection of your topic, how to narrow the focus of your topic and give you a brief overview of the writing process.  These techniques will prove useful time and again as you progress through school and into your professional life, whatever career you should happen to choose. 

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First stop - the Writing Process!!!!

Writing Process Continued...

Brainstorming an Idea

Once you understand how the writing process works, it's time to move through it.  Many times, a topic or at least a general area, has been assigned by the teacher, so you can use that subject to narrow down the focus of your paper through brainstorming and idea invention. Watch the video below for an easy, visual way to brainstorm ideas related to the general topic and select your focus for your paper. 

 

After the video, move onto the next packet to learn how to construct your thesis statement.

Brainstorming - Generating Topic Ideas for Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Brainstorming 2 example - Generating Ideas from Harry Potter and the "Order of the Phoenix," by J.K. Rowling