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Cengage Ch.3

by: Rachel Rusnak

Cengage Ch.3 104

Rachel Rusnak
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Notes from the reading about identifying a topic.
Composing Research
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rachel Rusnak on Wednesday September 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 104 at Ball State University taught by Mr. Young in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Composing Research in English at Ball State University.


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Date Created: 09/21/16
English 104 Cengage Ch.3 1. Identifying a topic. a. The writer is given a general topic with which to start; it is his/her responsibility to narrow it further to a manageable focused topic. 2. Analyzing the writing situation. a. Research and writing projects develop out of a specific situation, with a certain problem that needs to be solved or a goal that needs to be attained. i. Kairos- a moment that inspires you or compels you to write. 3. Taking advantage of Kairos. a. “Kairotic” moment  both time and space. i. Motivate and set conditions for your communication. 1. Success develops out of opportune time and places. 4. Considering the rhetorical situation. a. Analyzing whether the rhetorical situation emerging around your proposed topic “fits”. 5. Generating topics. a. Focus more carefully on a specific topic you are interested in researching within the guidelines of the assignment. i. Finding out what is both important and motivating to you. 1. Explore various possibilities for your research. 6. Exploring and narrowing a potential topic. a. Explore your topic prior to committing to it. i. Verify there are sources out there that you can use to research your topic. ii. Broaden your understanding of the topic. 1. Subtopics of interest. b. Make your research project and writing task much more manageable. 7. Situating the writer in the research. a. You have a stake in the outcome of your research. i. Bias- the unique perspective that you bring to your research. 1. Be aware of your bias and consider how it might influence the way that you research and write about your topic. 8. Assessing your knowledge of your topic. a. Not only identify what you know, but also look for different perspectives to understand the complexity and controversy surrounding the issue. i. If you start with what you know and believe, you will be able to piece together a plan for what you still need to find out. 1


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