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EH 109: English Composition Second Language Writing: Choosing a Topic

Research skills for EH 109

Organizing Your Thoughts

A mind map (a diagram to organize information) can help you organize the different angles of your topic.  Try using one if you feel overwhelmed by the number of ideas or resources.

Argument Prompts

Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students

Published by the New York Times, this list is divided into topics. All prompts link to articles, videos, and images from the New York Times.

Topic Index:

  • Technology (1-74):
    • Social Media
    • Smartphones
    • Internet & Tech
  • Arts & Entertainment (75-248):
    • Music
    • Television
    • Video Games
    • Movies & Theater
    • Books & Reading
    • Writing
    • The Arts
    • Language & Speech
  • School & Career (249-449):
    • School
    • Learning & Studying
    • Education Tech
    • Teachers & Grading
    • School Rules & Student Life
    • College
    • Work & Careers
  • Identity & Family (450-833):
    • Parenting
    • Family
    • Childhood Memories
    • Growing Up
    • Overcoming Adversity
    • Your Personality
    • Religion & Morality
    • Role Models
    • Gender
    • Race & Ethnicity
    • Neighborhood & Home
    • Money & Social Class
    • What If...
  • Social Life & Leisure Time (834-1,065):
    • Friendship
    • Dating & Sex
    • Looks & Fashion
    • Food
    • Sports & Games
    • Travel
    • Holidays & Seasons
    • Shopping & Cars
  • Science & Health (1,066-1,146):
    • Science & Environment
    • Animals & Pets
    • Exercise & Health
  • Civics & History (1,147-1,225):
    • Guns & the Justice System
    • Government Policy
    • History & News

Opposing Viewpoints

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