1. What are the three things that you spend the most time thinking about?Why?
2. If you could live in another time or place, where would you live and why?
3. What are the three most interesting books, articles or magazines you have read?What about them was interesting?
4. What are your three favorite movies or TV shows?What about them interests you?
5. If you could be any person, alive or dead, who would you want to be?Why?
6. What are the three most memorable events of your life?What makes them memorable?
7. You can take any class at any college, what class do you sign up for?Why?
8. What are three situations that make you angry or frustrated?How could you change them?
9. What three topics of conversation must someone be able to engage in to be interesting to you?
10. Now choose three topics that are most interesting to you from #1 above.Write out a list of five questions that you are wondering about each topic.These ‘research questions' will help you find a topic to write about that you are invested in.
I'm pretty frustrated that the legal age to drive is 16.One research question might be:How did law makers come up with the legal driving age?
My favorite TV show is CSI.Some research questions might be:How many crimes are actually solved using hairs, fibers, dirt and bugs?What kind of equipment is used in a regular crime lab?
Use one of the topics from the above you chose
Write a paper in MLA format about 1200-1800 words
· Works Cited page/Parenthetical citations
· Embedded quotations
Searched the novel you read,The Sweet Hereafter,for a detail that you know something about or that you find intriguing. Possible topics to consider: The origin of the phrase "sweet hereafter"; demolition derby; county fairs; upstate New York (near Plattsburg); personal injury law; school bus accidents; problems faced by Vietnam vets; Montego Bay, Jamaica; adoption of Native America children; recovering from the death of a child; small town relationships/life; paraplegia; legal depositions; perjury; AIDS; Apple computers; alcoholism; dome houses; lasting effects of stroke; rehabilitation; Barbie dolls; etc. Taken your chosen detail out of the context of the novel and research it from a particular angle (technique, history of it, superstitions, modern day meanings, other place you might experience it, importance of it, any angle you can think of). Kept track of your sources with source cards. Built a PowerPoint presentation (10-15 slides with audio) about your detail that teaches your peers about that detail. Used Preview/Present/Review organization. Used a hook and a clincher to attract and keep the audience. Used images, illustrations, photos, etc. to make your slide show interesting.