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1 Prologomena (n.) (Def.) A little prologue, done before the “real” research, which combines personal and creative writing with factual information. It includes historical, scientific and psychological components, as well as poetry, process and reflective writing.

2 What are you really, really really passionate about?  What do you really, really, really want to learn more about?  What topic are you really, really, really curious about?  What are you really, really, really interested in?

3 Ms. Alaimo’s Top Ten Topics  (AKA The Bucket List)  Remember: “It doesn’t matter what your intention is when you go to bed at night, it matters what you do after the alarm clock rings.”  Max Strom

4 Elephant orphanages

5 yoga

6 Improvising chords on the piano

7 Traditional Chinese Medicine

8 Why the economy tanked

9 How to set up a Wikispace

10 Retirement

11 Becoming a better writer; more active in National Writing Project

12 Beautiful, cheap, “off the beaten track” places to ride a bike to

13 Birdwatching, where and how?

14 The inner workings (thoughts) of a serial killer…and how it got that way.

15 Hoola-hooping

16 Possible topics to explore  Cars  Careers (College? Military? Job?)  What makes a good pet  An addiction (drinking, smoking, drugging)  A product you want to buy (iPad, stereo, truck)  Getting a driver’s license  The Dream Act  Family stress  The economy  Becoming a cop, nurse, engineer, social worker, cosmetician  An invention  A historical event (Holocaust, revolution, a movement in history)  A religious cult

17 More topics to explore  What I want my parents to understand about me  What I want my teachers to understand about me  A biography (Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Sigmund Freud, President Obama)  Is organic better?  Gun control  How to start a small business  Saving for a car  Depression  How to become a millionaire  How to make money by investing  The biggest problem in society today  Depression  Gun control  How to start a small business  Do animals cry?

18 Here’s what you need to DO NOW  1. List 10 topics you are really, really want to learn more about.  2. Prioritize them numbers =most important 10=least important

19 Part 1  1. Choose one topic you are really, really interested in learning about for the next few weeks.  2. Write 10 questions about your topic

20 Freewrite about your topic.  Do not take your pen off the paper.  Write the first thing that comes to your mind and don’t stop writing. This is a good thing. Your writing will take you places you never knew.  If you get stuck write your last sentence over again.  Keep writing even if you don’t know what to say for 15 minutes.  Fill both sides of a sheet of paper  Do not worry about spelling.  No matter what happens, just keep writing…

21 Freewrite (continued) “Ms. I don’t know how to start…”  Start like you would start any other writing assignment  A question  A quote  A definition  A story  What most people thing

22 Freewrite (continued) Still confused??? Try finishing these sentences.  I am interested in (topic) because…..  I first became interested in (topic) when…. (tell a story)  I am really curious about (topic) and want to explore ___________.  This (topic) affects me in several ways: (Describe how this topic affects you.)  A question I want answered about (topic) is _____________________________.  I want to learn more about (topic) because______________________.


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