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Narrowing a Topic

When your topic is too broad, it can be difficult to research and even more difficult to write about! Therefore, be sure you have a focused topic. Here are some tips to help you narrow your topic so that it's manageable and focused.


The 5 W's and 1 H

Take your larger topic, and consider the 5 W's and 1 H. There are no right or wrong answers for this exercise! So just consider what interests you and what fulfills your assignment. For example: Obesity

  • Who (teenagers)
  • What (increase in teenage obesity)
  • Where (Colorado)
  • When (2010-current)
  • Why (are more teens obese?)
  • How (physical education mandatory in high school)