Helping students choose and develop a topic is important because it prevents future research frustrations. You'll find that students often choose topics that are:
It's not a good idea to choose a topic 'out of the blue' - teach your students to start broad in research inquiries and learn about what people are arguing about. Encourage them to read encyclopedia or news articles and to ask themselves:
As they delve deeper into their topics, encourage students to use background information to identify:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.