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English 1C - Gott, Brian: Topics

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Check out our database Opposing Viewpoints to brainstorm for controversial issues. Click on Browse Issues for a list of topic ideas.

controversial topics

Narrow your topic

Topic Example:

You could write thousands of pages on global warming, but narrowing your focus to the impact of rising sea levels on coastal wetlands will give you a manageable topic and a clear purpose.


How do I narrow my topic?

When analyzing your topic, ask: who, what, where, when, why and how?

  • Who are the significant players? Who was impacted?
  • What are the components or aspects of the topic will you explore?
  • Where does your event take place? What locations are impacted by your topic?
  • When did the event occur and/or what is the significance of the time period on your event?
  • Why does this topic matter?
  • How does this topic impact society?

Controversial topics