I’ve been going through comp student lists of possible topics of study and am finding pretty standard stuff, which is fine. The question is what to do with an idea. I have one topic called: cars. Hm. What do with that.
Lots of things. Here’s one.
Thinking from the subject is a skill of extension, which is why I try to have students visualize with maps or clusters of ideas.
Consider this list which stems from autos:
Speed, marketing, fuel cells, vegetable oil, instrustry and the environment, the politics of transportation, urban planning.
All of these would be great topics of concern. For essay writers and poets by the way. I find the image of a person gassing up behind the local McDonalds quite invigorating.