Topic Talker

The Worth of a Topic

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

When asking what something is worth, you are asking for a certain amount. Is everything worth something? To some people a penny is worth only 1 cent. To some the penny is worth more. Question is, is the penny worth keeping? Pennies cost 1.26 cents to make, yet their face value is only 1 cent. I believe this is a very interesting topic that anyone could write about and with sufficient research and evidence can succeed. It is interesting and I love to hear opinions and suggestions about the penny. Below are links that, if you take the time to read and research, will be “worth” your time.

How Much Does it Cost to Make a Penny

The Value of a Penny

What is a Penny Worth?


History of the Penny

A Whole New Meaning

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

Where do the meanings and origins of objects come from? Many things have meanings and it is important to know and understand these meaning so you never offend anyone.  The meaning of flowers and their colors are important for everyone to know. This essay topic would not only save you from future embarrassment, but it may help you “get the hint” the next time you receive flowers.

One of my English professors said that the worst thing a man could do is give his girlfriend or wife a yellow rose. Why is that? A yellow rose represents friendship and girlfriends and wives don’t want to be just friends. More more information about the meaning of different flowers and their colors, click the links below.

Meaning of Flowers

Flower Meaning

Rose Color Meanings

Color Flowers

Banned and Censored Topics

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

Books are not the only form of media that get banned or censored; movies, music, video games, and even cartoons also get banned or censored. What qualifies a book or other form on media to be banned? Does banning and censoring take away the freedom of choice? Are there books, games, movies, music or cartoons that are banned but should not be? Are there books, games, movies, music, or cartoons that should be banned or censored?

If you choose to write a paper on this topic I suggest that you focus on one area of banning or censoring. From there, narrow your topic even more to a specific book, movie, song or artist, video game, or cartoon. I would also suggest that you experience the form of media yourself unless you feel uncomfortable reading, watching, playing, or listening to the specific topic you have chosen.

Research why or why not it has been banned and whether you agree. Many books and movies have been challenged but never banned; these would also be perfect ones to choose. Argue your opinion with solid evidence.  Clink on the work below to see a list of banned material.




Video Games


Dreaming About Topics

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder) but men and women have different dreams and different physical reactions. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women tend to dream equally about men and women. In addition, both men and women experience sexually related physical reactions to their dreams regardless of whether the dream is sexual in nature; males experience erections and females experience increased vaginal blood flow.

10 Amazing Facts About Dreams

Why do we dream? Do dreams have meaning? I find this topic to be very interesting and also informative. Not only would you be getting credit for writing this essay but you would also learn about your own dreams. Here are some places to search more about dreams.

Dream Facts

Bored Panda

National Sleep Research Project

Dream Analyer

Dream Dictionary

The Competitive Edge

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

What gives writers the competitive edge? How do you persuade the ideas and opinions of your readers? One way is to make yourself credible and reliable. Use one of the following methods in your defense:

Pathos-(Emotional) means persuading by appealing to the reader’s emotions. We can look at texts ranging from classic essays to contemporary advertisements to see how pathos, emotional appeals, are used to persuade. Language choice affects the audience’s emotional response, and emotional appeal can effectively be used to enhance an argument.

Ethos-(Credibility), or ethical appeal, means convincing by the character of the author. We tend to believe people whom we respect. One of the central problems of argumentation is to project an impression to the reader that you are someone worth listening to, in other words making yourself as author into an authority on the subject of the paper, as well as someone who is likable and worthy of respect

Logos (Logical) means persuading by the use of reasoning. This will be the most important technique we will study, and Aristotle’s favorite. We’ll look at deductive and inductive reasoning, and discuss what makes an effective, persuasive reason to back up your claims. Giving reasons is the heart of argumentation, and cannot be emphasized enough. We’ll study the types of support you can use to substantiate your thesis, and look at some of the common logical fallacies, in order to avoid them in your writing.

By using these methods, you will have a more effective persuasive essay and also gain the competitive edge.

Just For Fun

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 21, 2010

One of my favorite and most challenging papers to write was not a research or persuasive paper; it was an essay on someone completely different from myself. This is an extremely challenging and rewarding topic. In order to successfully find someone that is completely different from yourself, you must truly know yourself.  I also found this essay to be incredibly rewarding and even fun to write. Here are some steps to take in order to find your opposite to write about.

  1. Make a list of your characteristics
  2. By each of those characteristics, write the name of someone who does not share those characteristics
  3. Make a list of hobbies and things you like to do
  4. Just like you did with the characteristics, write a name of a person who does not show the same interests.
  5. Make a list of people who’s name showed up the most.
  6. Pick a person and get to work!

Topic Reviews

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 19, 2010

Have you ever had a friend tell you that a movie was really good but when you saw it you were disappointed? Here’s a topic for movie lovers. Many people see a movie based on movie reviews and in return many people choose not to see a movie based on film reviews. In your opinion, do film reviews alter the opinion or decision of the viewers?

  • Interview friends and family for their opinions
  • Talk to your local movie theater(s)
  • Visit
  • Visit and research
  • Read a review on a movie then see the movie yourself

Stealing Topics

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on July 14, 2010

In an earlier post, I talked about picking topics that interest you and how that can make your research and essay more fun. If you are interested music, movies, or computers, you might be interested in writing a paper on piracy. Is piracy considered stealing? Who is effected by piracy? How is the economy effected by those who pirate movies and music on the internet? Should it be legalized?

If you choose to use this topic, remember to research and mention both sides of your argument. This insures credibility. Here is more information about music/video piracy.

Researching A Topic

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 14, 2010

Where do you go after you have a narrowed topic? Probably straight to your computer and type in Google the most used search engine on the internet today.  There is Google Maps, Google Images, Google Videos, Google News, Shopping, Gmail, and even Google Research. Type any word into the search bar and you instantly have thousands of documents to search threw.

Many of us don’t have time to search threw thousands of documents. Instead of going straight to Google for all your answers, try the following links and ideas:

If you choose to use Google, use it to search for blogs, personal stories, and specific information. This will cut your research time in half.

Narrowing A Topic

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 14, 2010

Picking a broad topic can pose many problems. It often times leaves a paper unorganized and the reader feeling confused or overwhelmed. By narrowing down your topic, you can achieve a more successful response to your literary work. This will also eliminate the extra stress of organizing large amounts of information. Lets try this with a topic we have already discussed; “Healthy Topics”- Tanning beds.

Indoor tanning alone is a very broad topic. There are many issues associated within using indoor tanning beds. Consider the economical, emotional, and health issues. Choose one and start narrowing down your topic.

Some of the health issues associate with indoor tanning are skin cancer, seasonal depression, age limits and requirements, acne prevention, and even addiction.

By narrowing the topic of indoor tanning to the topic of whether indoor tanning is addictive or not, your writing will be interesting to not only your readers but yourself as well.

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