Use a concept map to draw out your ideas.
1. Brainstorm and doodle.
2. Ask your self: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
3. Build on your ideas. Think about important people, dates, places.
4. Trace an idea from your concept map. Make sure the scope fits within your paper. Do you have a topic that will be able to be presented in thte pages allotted?
5. From the example below, good topic for a 5-7 page paper might be: how human behavior has impacted the climate, specifically focusing on water and air pollution.