This general sample topic offers few clues to help you know what to write about. What type of education? What kind of video games? And what kind of relationship is there between them?
The topic contains very little information about the scope and goal of the proposed essay. Scope refers to the context of the essay – what kind of information will be included? Goal refers to the work the essay will do – what will we learn from reading your essay?
You need more information to help you understand what your essay should do. You need a more clearly defined essay topic or research question. Sometimes it’s your job to develop this essay topic. Sometimes, your instructor gives it to you!
Often, when you are given an essay topic, your instructor is very clear about the expectations for that project. Part of your challenge is to be able to interpret what the instructor is asking you to do!
Let’s practice this.
Interpreting the Topic Question (Practice)
Read over the revised essay topic in the box.
Find what you think are some key words that help you understand your task. The task is what you need to do.
Let’s try another topic!
Read over the essay topic in the below.
Find what you think are some key words that help you understand the task. The task is what you need to do. Click on what you think are the key words.