Choosing a Topic and Writing a Research Question and Thesis Statement
Start by writing down words for what you already know about your topic from your background reading. This helps to identify what you need to find out.
Ask a question about your topic that can be answered by doing research. Ask something that cannot be answered with yes or no.
Then write a thesis statement stating your position or argument that points to the direction of your research.
Pick out the main terms in your question. These are your initial search terms.
Think of alternate words, or synonyms, for the main terms. These can help narrow or expand your search.
Topic: standardized tests
Now choose the most descriptive and meaningful words -- keywords -- in your thesis statement that may be used to search for information. Also think of synonyms, if needed.
Economically and socially disadvantaged students perform badly on standardized tests because the tests are written in formal English and are culturally irrelevant to most students.
|economically disadvantaged students||poor, African American, Latino, minority, English language learners (ELL)|
|culturally irrelevant||lack background knowledge & experiences|