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Old 02-23-2004, 09:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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anyone have any good topics.
they can't be too broad
"motherhood"
or too narrow "motherhood in Missouri"

but , something in between?

i like anything with babies, kids, education....politics....
animals

really
ANYTHING

HELP ME
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Old 02-23-2004, 10:26 PM
 
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I need more info Sleepies. What is it for? If it's for a class, what type of class- psych, sociology, midwifery, poli sci........

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it is an english comp class

he gave no recommendations

can be science stuff, politics, humanities, english, math, etc

i have been trying to find a list of possible topics online, but keep finding stuff where you "buy" a term paper, which isn't what i want.
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I'm doing mine on children and television. I've found excellent research that supports my thesis- that tv increases violent behavior, obesity, and decreases school performance.
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How about something you could research right here at MDC?
i.e.
Health risks of vaccinations
Home Births vs. Hospital Births
Homeschooling Today
Debate Tactics of Female Humans

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Is the assignment a persuasive essay? A narrative essay?

Okay, if it's narrative...
Tell about one crucial moment in your life (either as a daughter or as a mother) that defined "motherhood" for you. Perhaps focus on one crucial moment you experienced as a mother that gave you insights into what *your* mother went through as a parent.

Tips: Focus on ONE SPECIFIC moment. Be clear and detailed; put us in the picture. Don't state your "thesis" (although you should definitely *have* a point you want your reader to get while reading this essay). Use sensory detail, comparisons, analogies, etc. to put us in the moment.

If it's persuasive...
God, there are a zillion "hot-button" topics having to do with motherhood about which you could present an argument:

Formula or breastmilk?
TV or no TV?
AP or CIO?
Natural or c-section?
Vax or non-vax?
Extended breastfeeding vs. "Not if they're old enough to ask"
Homeschool or public school?
Stay at home or work?
Day care or stay home?
Gay motherhood
Gay parenthood


I could go on. If you choose one of those, here's a useful format (a basic, but useful, game plan)
Paragraph I - Intro
Body paragraph I - State basic position on any above issue.
Body paragraph 2 - State the "On the other hand..." other side.
Body paragraph 3 - The ultimate bottom line, the "Even though..."
Conclusion

Hope this helps.
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I did an excellent pursuation essay on the Hepatitis vaccine.

Anything vaccine related would be good for a pursuasive essay. I found one trick that works well with professers is MAKE IT HUMOROUS! You don't want in a bad mood or half asleep when they grade your paper!
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Okay, I'll try & brainstorm online......Honey, that sounds like an interesting topic BTW. But don't just seek out the stuff that supports your argument- your paper will be better for discussing contradicting opinions on children & TV. (IMO)

Animals- benefits of pets to kids & elderly

Childrearing practices of the early 20th century (if you've got the stomach for it!)

The demise of American campaigns in the late 20th century (negativity, something like that)

Two political parties in the US- impact on voter participation rates

Changing world opinion of the US since 11/9/00- Better or worse?

Something on factory farming?

Public schools v. private schools- benefits, disadvantages of both

Chemical contaminants in breastmilk- could be a particular region, or a global overview perspective

A report on the pet 'industry'- how much money people spend on their pets v. say, charity or something like that (sorry, personal views coming thru- delete, delete!!)

Chemical additives in food & children's behaviour - could be tough to research.....

Okay, that's it from me......

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Honey, that sounds like an interesting topic BTW. But don't just seek out the stuff that supports your argument- your paper will be better for discussing contradicting opinions on children & TV. (IMO)
You are right!...I should have said that I started researching last week and developed my thesis after reading the research. The paper has to be of a scholarly nature, and there are no research findings that have shown tv as being good for kids, if I find something, I will definitely need to use it to show that I am not biased. I began my research with an open mind, I didn't go into it to with my mind made up.

Good luck! You have some great ideas flowing. The benefits of animals idea would be a fun one, and I think that a good amount of research has been done on it.
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