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Chapter 8. Write This Way > Narrowing Your Topic - Pg. 86

Write This Way 86 fact, roller-coaster fans come from all over the globe to ride its 2,640 feet of death-defying track. The "Cyclone's" first drop is the steepest of any roller coaster in the world. It's terrifying! From the top of the first hill, riders can't see the track that keeps them from flying into space--but they can see other terrifying highs, lows, and curves. Word Watch Webbing is also called "clustering" and "mapping." Having trouble narrowing your topic? Try these methods. 1. Make a web.This visual approach helps you generate subtopics. As your ideas branch off in new directions, you can see relationships, forge connections, and so limit your topic. Make a web by drawing a circle in the middle of a sheet of paper. Add lines radiating out from the circle. If you wish, you can label each line with a major topic division. At the end of each line, draw a circle and fill it in with a subtopic. Following is a sample web for a writing on the Congressional Medal of Honor. Based on this web, the paragraph has been narrowed to the following four subtopics: a. b. c. Significance History Benefits