We will begin by choosing a topic, narrowing the topic, and identifying keywords to use in our initial search and formulation of research questions. You will want to consider the first three steps of the program when choosing a topic:
The point of this activity is to allow you to fully explore a topic you care about and discover all the directions available to you as you discover connected concepts. This activity will be the foundation step of all the work you will be doing toward your deliverable. I is estimated it should take about 2-3 hours.
Time: 2-3 hours
Materials: Paper; pen, pencil, or crayon; computer; camera or scanner; PPT, Google Slides, or other writing software.
Activity Part 1: Choose a topic from that impacts current social, political, ecological, or global systems outside of your major.
Activity Part 2: You may download the PowerPoint slide or .pdf of the blank Concept Map or create a handwritten or digital concept map answering the questions: what? when? where? who? why? how? about your topic as shown in the slide show above. Begin with Wikipedia to do a general search of your topic. Wikipedia is a great place to begin this activity as it will direct you to related information including events, people, creative works, and other phenomenon. As you fill out your concept map you may connect people, events, etc. to being to consider how you will narrow your topic. You may want to connect ideas by making using different colors, shapes, or even drawings to help you explore the information you discover through your search.
Activity Part 3: As you are creating your concept map, you may visit several different Wikipedia pages, you may use these to help narrow down your topic as well. Make a note on your concept map of which pages you have visited. See the concept map in the slide show above and search for the star next to words, names, or phrases, these indicate other pages visited.
Activity Part 4: Once you have completed the concept map, download it as a .pdf, scan it as a .pdf, or take a photo in .jpeg, so it can be uploaded into the form below. Make sure the picture is of a quality that it can easily be read and displayed digitally in the case you want to use it as an image on your deliverable.