Brainstorming: School and Public Education

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Appendix D

Selecting a Topic and Brainstorming Worksheet

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What two objects, people, subjects, or concepts are you going to compare and/or contrast?| Home school versus public education | What are the similarities between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many similarities that you can think of. | Both offer a wide variety of classes.Start at kindergarten and go through to 12th grade.Teach the same curriculumHave field trips| What are the differences between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many differences that you can think of.| No social interaction in home schoolSettingAccess to teachersAthleticsDiploma| Are you going to focus on similarities, differences, or both? Explain your rationale. | Both similarities and differences. Better explains my views on importance of education and the form of education that is delivered.| What do you want your readers to learn and understand after reading your essay? What is the purpose of your essay?| The reader will learn the advantages and disadvantages of home school versus public education. The purpose is to show why at this point and time public education is far superior.| What 3 parallel points of comparison and/or contrast will you address in your essay? For example, if you were going to compare and contrast two teachers, your parallel points might be teacher’s homework policy, teacher’s classroom conduct policy, and teacher’s demeanor. | CurriculumDiplomaSocial interaction| Explain why this is an appropriate and workable topic selection for the final assignment.| It is appropriate because home schooling has become more popular and there is a large amount of data available on the subject.|
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