Project #31324 - 4.3 generating a topic

Read the following pages in Chapter 8 (Ramage, et al.):

  • 177-181 (stop at the section on 'Informative Reports'),
  • 182-185 (stop at the 'Informative Report Writing Project'),
  • 187-190, the section on 'Informative Essay Using the Surprising Reversal Strategy Writing Project.'

Now complete the following activity.

Brainstorming for Surprising Reversal Topics

Try one or more of these exercises: 

1. Set your timer for ten minutes and complete the following sentence in as many ways as possible, drawing on your own experience and knowledge:

I know more about _______________ than the average person.

2. Think about controversial issues that people argue about. You might look at a newspaper or listen to a radio or TV broadcast. Do you have a view that is different from others? Try to shape that into a surprising reversal thesis for your paper.

Categories: people, activities, places, jobs, hobbies, issues.

Now scan your lists. Do you know something about any of the items on your list that might surprise someone?


When you decide upon a topic, write a thesis statement using the surprising reversal pattern. Give the common view first and then give your surprising reversal. For example:

Most people think that English teachers lead dull, boring lives (common view), but in reality, English teachers lead exciting lives of non-stop action and adventure (surprising reversal).

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/20/2014 11:00 am
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