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Friday, September 20, 2013

Topic Ideas


Scan down and read older posts on this blog, going back as far as four years...many concepts there may spark an topic of interests in your mind...

See also "Generating topics" (click here).

Also see Year in Review lists...
(You may choose any topic you wish where you can do the needed research and meet all presentation requirements. I strongly suggest you select topics you already have knowledge of and where you can bring a personal passion to the presentation. The following list is partial, random and here just to help spark your creative juices .Yes, I know there are duplications on the list.)
Current affairs, your major, your hobies, your interests, your passions, things you care about, news, events in your life and your beliefs are great places to start in selecting a topic area.

Once you have done you need to narrow it down into a specific thesis statment. That is a simple statement that limits the range of your speech, and is as specific as possible. It needs to state in a few words exactly what you area speaking on. Remember that the more refined, limited, specific and focuses the thesis statement the easier it will be to keep the speech interesting, on topic and within time lengths required.

Go back and go though my two blogs and see if any of the topics discussed will work as a speech for you. Look at topics where there have been student responses and those where students have shown little or no interests. Use the links in the postings for even more ideas.

Go through the reference lists and suggested readings in all of your textbooks or other books you find interesting.

I strongly suggest reviewing the material found on NPR, the archives of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace,and Talk of the Nation. Check the home pages for BBC News, BBC Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Newshour on PBS. A Google search of each of these will give you a wide range of topics that are current, covering a wide range of fields and interests.

Also check out the following link (great for its list and help in various areas of communication):

Click "read more" below for a partial list of topic ideas.

Academic Sources

Academic sources, otherwise known as Scholarly Sources, are juried. That means they are blind judged for accuracy and solid research. These sources include:

Academic Press (books, journals and "letters" from university press publishers, ex: University of Nevada Press, BYU Press, Princeton Press, etc.)

Academic Journals (specific publications by professors and juried by their peers, usually published by a university or an academic association).

For my courses only: The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times,
both of which go through a juried process and both of which have other
significant reasons to count as "academic sources" for undergrad students.




Sometimes, but usually not: .org

(NEVER .com, .biz, .info, etc.)

Primary Documents: letters, laws, government statistics, Congressional Record, actual documentation though official channels or that can be authenticated as honest and true from the time ("Love Letters of an Airman", "Bill of Rights", specific codes of law, etc.)

Primary interviews with experts or those who have experienced something first hand (you must be able to defend and confirm their expertise specific to what you are writing or talking about).

Artifacts (pottery, relics, letters, etc.)

See Also:

CSN Resources

Sources included in Unit 9   Unit 10

See also Source Credibility (click here)

First posted August 19, 2009