Topic Brainstorm

Topic Brainstorm

Associate Program Material
Appendix D

Selecting a Topic and Brainstorming Worksheet

Complete the following and post as an attachment.

What two objects, people, subjects, or concepts are you going to compare and/or contrast? The two subjects that I’m going to compare and/or contrast is friends vs. enemies.
What are the similarities between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many similarities that you can think of.
The similarities between the two are:
• Your enemy can once be your friend.
What are the differences between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many differences that you can think of.
The differences between the two are:
• Friends are always there when you need them and enemies are always there when you are at your worse.
• Friends laugh with you and enemies laugh at you.
• Friends help you get through your problems and enemies cause more problems.

Are you going to focus on similarities, differences, or both? Explain your rationale. The focus is going to be on both. I believe if I focus on the differences my readers will get a better understanding of the two subjects.
What do you want your readers to learn and understand after reading your essay? What is the purpose of your essay? I want my readers to learn what a true friend is. The purpose of this essay is to explain why they are so different from each other.

What 3 parallel points of comparison and/or contrast will you address in your essay? For example, if you were going to compare and contrast two teachers, your parallel points might be teacher’s homework policy, teacher’s classroom conduct policy, and teacher’s demeanor. The 3 parallel points I will address are relationships with friends, and relationships with enemies
Explain why this is an appropriate and workable topic selection for the final assignment. This is an appropriate topic for the final topic because a lot of people get the two subjects confused.

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