Exploring Research Paper Topics: Forming the Focus Worksheet

Research Writing – Organization

Practice with this Research Paper Topics: Forming the Focus Worksheet to get a feel for narrowing down a topic. Improve your research writing with 10 exercises that provide you with a broad topic for which you must develop two focused ideas.

Exploring Research Paper Topics: Forming the Focus

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, conduct a quick internet search on the broad topic provided. Skim a few articles or information sites to form a focus. List two choices of a more narrow focus for each topic.

  • Broad Topic: Political campaigns

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Education

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Bullying

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Texting

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Seasonal affective disorder

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Witches

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Soft drinks and other sugary drinks

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Immigration

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Professional sports

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2:

  • Broad Topic: Drunk driving

  • Focus #1:

    Focus #2: