WR 121 Fierman Letter Genre: Choosing Your Issue
Assignment and context
Before starting to write or research, you'll have to choose an issue. This page provides guidance on places to find a possible issue, and ways to take an interest and turn that interest into a researchable question.
See Danica's check -in assignment below. This document is also linked from your course D2L site:
Ideas for finding issue/topic ideas for letter or op-ed
If you are looking for topics to write your open letter or op-ed about, consider browsing these sources for current issues in the news:
PCC and student issues
Turning an interest into a researchable topic
Brainstorm Keywords for Searching
As you read about your topic, make a note of search terms that will be useful for finding articles on your topic. When you are searching Google or other search engines, you can use "natural language" searching - just type in your whole question and you may find exactly what you want. Database searching and advanced Google searching requires more precise use of search terms.
Watch the 2 minute video from Portland State University below for some useful tips.