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9th Honing Your Topic

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on 7 April 2015

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Transcript of 9th Honing Your Topic

Honing Your Topic
Step 1: Determining what you think
What aspects of this issue interest you the most?
What do you see as the main problem in this issue?
What do you think should be done about this problem?
Step 2: Arranging your thoughts
Step 3: Is it arguable?
Brilliant ideas don't matter if they can't be clearly argued.
To convince, you have to be able to make clear what you think and what basis there is for another person to think the same thing.
In your case, you also need to be able to use a good amount of research from the articles you've been given to make this point.
Step 4: Test it out
Summarize the argument you would like to make.
Can you articulate it well?
Is it convincing?
Could others identify with or care about this?
Homework
Write a detailed (6 - 8 sentences) paragraph on what you would like to write about for your paper (a proposal).
Hone - to sharpen a blade; to refine or perfect something over time
Ex: How demanding college athletes' lives are, The ways personal tech can help disabled students
Ex: How industries like March Madness generate billions of dollars but students are punished for things like free lunches, School tech use can worsen class differences and hurt the disadvantaged
NCAA should allow students to use their image/name, students be paid in cash, students be paid in more far reaching scholarships
Bring your own device, media literacy classes, more tech in all classes, more tech in select classes
How do your ideas connect?
At what points do they rely on one another?
What in your thought process makes these the obvious choices?
Example:
Student athletes should be allowed to use their name and image for profit, but should not be paid.
Why?
Because they are being barred from ways that others are making money off of them. But handing out paychecks has serious problems.
Explain?
The students images and names are being used for profit with or without this change. In any other business this is illegal. Also, if they are what is desired they should be allowed to benefit.
Paychecks could seriously hurt smaller schools or even schools that want to be competitive. It could result in the complaint that only a few schools can afford to be good at all. (Like complaints about the Yankees buying a team.)
So the central connecting concern here is fairness in how business is conducted and who it benefits.
While ideas often seem obvious to us, they often are not obvious to other people. Individuals take different aspects into consideration and those differences change the argument for them.
Example:
Protecting students
Integrity of a sport or college
Most effective way to use money
Fears about unstudied effects of tech
Concerns about being too outdated/trendy
You will need to understand how other views might differ from yours and be able to give them fair treatment.

This is the Counter Argument section of your paper.
Include:
What is your central suggestion/solution?
What do you think should be done about it?
What articles will you use to do this?
Schools should use more tech instead of fighting a losing battle, but should use it only in ways that are effective rather than entertaining.
Why?
Tech is becoming more omnipresent in all our lives and students who are lagging need to be taught to adapt. However throwing tech at problems makes them worse so it needs to be done well.
We all use tech to use our jobs. Teachers use tech to create lessons and in their daily lives. Students need to be given ways to use the skills they will need later (like finding info online).
Research and experience shows that tech by itself does not work and worsens problem. Plus all the entertainment wears off and something still needs to be learned.
So the central concern here is what needs to be learned in school for classes to be effective, without too much or too little.
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