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In English class, we are going to be writing a research paper. With a thesis kind of thing, and we are defending a position. It can be on anything we want. I, of course, want to include birds in my paper.
An example our teacher showed us was a paper about German Shepherds being the best service dogs for police. There is no real argument in that, but she is still defending that statement in the rest of her paper. It is more of a fact than an opinion kind of thing.
So I've been brainstorming some bird related things I could do, but I haven't really come up with anything. Maybe something about African Greys being one of the most intelligent birds? I don't know. Anybody got any other ideas?
 

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You could talk about African greys and their intelligence and say that they're good mimics etc but you could argue that they can't actually talk and then argue back with the case of Alex :)
 

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It's not an argument. She doesn't want us to argue, she wants us to defend a fact.
 

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You could maintain that clipping or not clipping your birds is the best option, pellets over seed like Bob suggested, birds should have proper lighting, etc. Find something that relates to proper bird care that people would be interested in, but that you can easily find factual information on from a reliable source, as I'm sure your teacher wants you citing your sources if you use direct quotes or paraphrasing :)
 

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Oh sorry I think I misread that. Jenny's and Bob's ideas are great :D
 

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Abby,
Any of the suggestions so far would work well. If you are interested in training, you could discuss training theories. I know some books you could read regarding training. You should pick something that already interests you because you will need to do a lot of reading.

How long do you have to do the paper? If you need help with specific things at you go along, let me know.
 

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Nanay that's a great idea :D
 

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She has not assigned it yet, but she wants us to figure out a topic.
I think we will have a lot of time to do it, at least that's what she makes it sound like.
 

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Ah that's okay then. It gives you a longer amount of time to think about what you want to do it on!
 

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After further clarification, my teacher told us that we do pick an argument (such as abortions, school uniforms, that sort of thing) and pick a side to defend, but we don't defend it with our opinions or our knowledge, but we research that side. We won't be using words like "I" or "our" or "we" or "you". It's more formal, if you get what I'm saying.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the pellets versus seed, defending the pellets side. I think my teacher thinks I'm crazy for picking that....
 

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Abby,
I think it is a great topic for you! You will be able to use it just as the term paper directions require. Even though I personally would choose something about training parrots if I were writing, because I am more interested in that myself, I think that for you that is probably a much more easily researched and defended topic. I bet your teacher doesn't think you are crazy, but DO ask her if she thinks there is a problem with the topic just in case she has a valid reason for worrying. She may think you won't be able to find enough information, or perhaps that the topic is actually too narrow to write a full paper on.

I'm glad you are listening to the directions and figuring out exactly what is required.
 

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She thinks it's too narrow, but she doesn't understand the whole pellets vs. seed thing, and besides, I know of several sources to get information.
 

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Go for it Abby! Prove her wrong haha
 

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In that case, Abby, I'd gather all the information you can immediately. Then, if you find it really is too narrow, she can help you come up with something to expand before it is too late. The most common pitfall with term papers is getting the topic narrow enough, so you might have quite enough. I'm thinking she is worried about you having enough source information, so get it gathered together as soon as you can.
 

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I want to get started on some research, I'm looking forward to writing this paper. I love writing and for most of the year we have just read Shakespeare and stuff. I also get to do something bird related, whether the pellets vs. seed topic works out or not. Do you know of any other topics that are being debated over that have to do with birds, just in case my topic doesn't work out?
 

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The clipping one is a very good idea because you can discuss safety and stuff but at the same time stuff like exercise
 

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As much as I wanted to show my teacher I could do the parrot diet subject for my research paper, I was suddenly finding stuff on Alex the parrot and I thought it would be cool to do a paper on animal intelligence, more specifically parrot intelligence if I can.
 

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That's a good idea :)
 
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