Choosing a Topic for Research (Grade 8)

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Choosing a Topic for Research

1. 
Read the original topic and the revised topic. Is the revised topic broader or narrower than the original topic?

Initial Topic: The effect of the travel and tourism industry on pollution to Alaska.

Revised Topic: Water pollution in Alaska caused by cruise ships dumping wasts.
  1. Broader
  2. Narrower
2. 
Read the original topic and the revised topic. Is the revised topic broader or narrower than the original topic?

Initial Topic: How have recycling programs in the U.S. been successful in reducing the amount of waste?

Revised Topic: How do recycling programs compare to landfills in reducing
the amount of waste materials on the environment?
  1. Broader
  2. Narrower
3. 
Consider the topic below as a possible topic for a three-page research paper. Indicate whether the statement would be a Good Topic, a Topic Too Broad for this paper, or a Topic Too Narrow for this paper.

Explain the immediate outcome of the Electoral College vote in the Presidential election in the United States in 2000.
  1. Good Topic
  2. Topic Too Broad
  3. Topic Too Narrow
4. 
You have been assigned "The Effects of Global Warming" as a research topic. Which person would be the least likely to help you narrow your topic?
  1. A science teacher
  2. A park ranger
  3. A librarian
  4. an ecologist
5. 
Consider the topic below as a possible topic for a three-page research paper. Indicate whether the statement would be a Good Topic, a Topic Too Broad for this paper, or a Topic Too Narrow for this paper.

Explain how humans' emotional health impacts their physical health.
  1. Good Topic
  2. Topic Too Broad
  3. Topic Too Narrow
6. 
When you research a topic, it is important to know its relationship to other concepts. Which word or phrase represents the broadest (most general) subject under which all of the other topics would fit?
  1. Studyiing
  2. Note taking
  3. Strategies for academic success
  4. Rewriting your notes
  5. Group work
  6. Get started early
  7. Share information
7. 
When you research a topic, it is important to know it is important to to know it relationship to other concepts. Which word or phrase represents the broadest (most general) subject under which all of the other topics would fit?
  1. Bullying
  2. Weapons
  3. Security guards
  4. Metal detectors
  5. School violence
  6. Fist fights
  7. Gang-related incidents
8. 
When you research a topic, it is important to know its relationship to other concepts.

All of the following concepts are related to stress. Which phrase represents the narrowest(most specific) topic?
  1. Psychological stress
  2. Gender differences in stress reactions
  3. Strategies for coping with stress
  4. Reactions to stress
9. 
You have to analyze the consequences of the Holocaust. Which key concepts and terms will help you gather information?
  1. Holocaust, Iron, Curtain, Japan
  2. Adolph Hitler, Nazi Germany, Holocaust
  3. Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, Iron Curtain
10. 
When you are beginning a research project, you are often given a broad subject and asked to narrow the focus before selecting your paper's topic. From the two topics below, select the topic that is narrower.
  1. Professional sports
  2. Major League Baseball

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