How to Choose Essay Topics: Starting From Scratch Worksheet

Category: Assignment Writing – Preparation

Use this Essay Topics Worksheet to practice generating ideas for your assignment writing. Using a few processes designed to help you flush out ideas, exercises ask you to develop narrowed-down topics from broad ones and to identify something you are passionate about from which you create more defined ideas.

How to Choose Essay Topics: Starting From Scratch

Instructions

For exercises 1-7, use brainstorming, freewriting or clustering for 2-3 minutes to develop three essay topic ideas on the broad topic provided. Mark which method you selected, and use a separate sheet of paper if necessary to record your thoughts for each process. For exercises 8-10, follows the instructions for each individual exercise.

1. Broad Topic: funny movies

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

2. Broad Topic: yoga (or another type of exercise)

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

3. Broad Topic: iPads and tablet computers

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

4. Broad Topic: doctor-patient relationships

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

5. Broad Topic: the most influential person in your life

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

6. Broad Topic: pick one object that defines who you are

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

7. Broad Topic: your most memorable childhood experience

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________

8. If you could write about anything you wanted for an essay, what general topics evoke the most passion in you? Make a list of three broad topics from which you can develop narrowed down topics.

Broad topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Broad topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Broad topic #3__________________________________________________________________

9. Pick one topic from the three you identified in the previous exercise. Select one of the processes below, and with the broad topic you identified above, spend 5 minutes putting your thoughts down to flush out essay topic ideas that are more specific.

Brainstorming   [   ] Freewriting   [   ] Clustering   [   ]

10. Identify three topics from the process you used in the previous exercise to generate potential essay topics.

Essay topic #1__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #2__________________________________________________________________
Essay topic #3__________________________________________________________________