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Write a preliminary topic statement

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Once you have organized your thoughts and information, write a preliminary topic statement that clearly and concisely expresses your research idea.

A topic statement is the general subject of your research project. This is distinct from the purpose, a thesis statement, facts, or opinions. These elements are used to develop and organize the final presentation of your research.


  • Education in colonial America was very different for boys and girls
  • Religion had a great deal of influence on the development of public education in the New England colonies