Any debatable topic is acceptable for this assignment. Due to the length requirements, complex topics such as gun control, immigration law, abortion rights, and capital punishment are not recommended. If these issues interest you, find a specific instance or aspect of the topic to research. For example, you might want to explore how other cities and states responded to the recent laws concerning immigration rights in Arizona; such a project is more focused (and more interesting) than addressing immigration rights in general.
Consider addressing a topic that is personally important to you, including issues related to health, beauty, family life, and career decisions. The more relevant your topic is to your priorities, the more likely you are to write in an engaging, compelling way.
Expand your research for the assignment using various sources for research, such as the following:
Public Library of Science
Digital Public Library of America
Social Science Network
Using the Internet and/or library resources, collect sources until you have accumulated at least:
3 sources from non-scholarly periodicals such as Time, Newsweek, or The Economist
3 sources from scholarly sources (use your library’s academic databases)
3 sources from the general Web (blogs, Web sites, etc.)
You need a minimum of 8 sources for this assignment, but it is recommended that you gather more while preparing so you can switch out sources if you need to. Keep a record of all the articles you consider by providing a citation and a link to each one.