Strategy 1: Something to Write Home About
Write a letter to your mom, wife, son, or daughter about the fantastic things
you've found out about your topic. Write in first person, and devote a
paragraph on each. Please be as informal as possible, and say everything
in your own words. An example might be vegans and veganism.
Your topic: What is it?
Why does it appeal to you?
Where did you find out about it?
What are the main ideas and/or
concepts and beliefs that characterize this topic?
What are the underlying concepts?
Who says so?
What is the impact of this concept
in the world we live in? Have you seen it in action? Where?
Would you try it? Why or why
Final thoughts, recommendations,
and reactions for mom (or other family member).
Strategy 2: Knowing About This Changed My Life!
Write about the topic as though you
were scripting a movie or a television show. Describe scenes, find case
studies. Think of reality TV. You may mix first person and third
person. Describe the scenes in third person, provide your own opinions and
commentary in first person. An example might be animal activism and the
activities of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Dramatic illustrative scene (very
cinematic): describe a scene of with the belief or practice in action.
Step back and describe it.
What is it? What is happening? What are the main ideas or concepts
being explored? Define and describe it.
Case Study 1: Pick out an
example of this. Describe it. Where did it take place? Who
was involved? When? What happened? Provide your own opinions, too.
Do you agree? Disagree?
Case Study 2: Find another
example. Be sure that it is different from the first, so that it
illustrates other aspects of the issue. Describe it. Where did it
take place? Who was involved? When? What happened? Provide
your own opinions, too. Do you agree? Disagree?
Discussion & Devil's Advocate
Corner: What is most controversial about this topic? What is most
appealing to you? Would you or could you ever feel passionate about this
How did knowing about this change
your life? Final thoughts, conclusions, recommendations.