What do you already know about the topic?
What is the background/history of your topic?
Who cares about your topic?
What evidence do you need?
How is your topic portrayed in the media?
What does the opposition say?
Remember, you can change your mind about your stance on your topic! Information exists on a spectrum and you will find yourself occupying different spaces at different times depending on what you read, learn, and unlearn.
Sometimes a visual aid, like a worksheet can help you brainstorm a topic. Want one for yourself? Cool! Just download it below.
It is hard to be engaged with a topic if we don't know much about it.
Gathering background information is essential to helping us situate our feelings, thoughts, and opinions on the spectrum of conversation.
Here are two databases that can help!