Brilliant Brainstorming Preparing for the Georgia High School Writing Graduation Test
Step 1- Break Down Your Topic • When given a topic for a argument paper, your first step is to figure out exactly what your reader is going to be looking for. • Ask yourself • What is the issue/topic? • Who is my audience? • What format does my response need to be in?
Possible Topics • Write a letter to your principal asking him to change the dress code. • Write a speech to give at a town meeting, on the topic of a mandatory curfew for teenagers. • Write an essay explaining whether or not military service should be required for all citizens.
Pick One As a Class! • Topic • Audience • Format
Step 2- Brainstorm • Before you even pick your side, start to brainstorm all possible information about the topic. • Think of pros and cons if you are having to pick a side. (like the curfew topic from last slide) • If you have to choose a focus (like our school rule practice essay), brainstorm (QUICKLY) at least 2 options • Pick the one that comes easiest to you
Brainstorming Methods Pro Con Web
Let’s Practice Topic- Brainstorming-