Read the chapter “Generating a Topic” (from a book called The Curious Researcher).
Open the document attached here, and follow the instructions within the document. You will see that this document uses the categories from our previous reading text about food culture to help you brainstorm topics for your exploratory essay.
After filling out the document, save it to your computer and return to this link, and attach the document as word document or pdf file.
GENERATING A TOPIC (From Curious Researcher, pgs. 27-35)
Step 1: Under each title, brainstorm a list of FOODS that come to mind when you think of the topics listed below. Jot down whatever comes to mind even if it only makes sense to you. Feel free to add columns or change the headings in the columns provided. You may need to walk away for a few minutes and then come back to the list.
Step 2: Review your lists. Look for a single item in any column that seems promising—maybe the one that is repeated the most. Put it in bold or highlight it. Ask yourself these questions about the topic: Is this something that raises questions that research can help answer? Are they potentially interesting questions? Does this item get at something you’ve always wondered about? Might it open doors to knowledge you think is important, fascinating, or relevant to your own life?
Step 3: For the item you circled, generate a list of questions—as many as you can—that you’d love to explore about the subject.
Questions about topic:
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