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Georgia Writing Topics

American Cinematic Attitudes



Georgia Rivers

Georgia Sports


Local Customs

Other Georgia Towns

Southern Food

Wildlife Sanctuaries




Turkey Writing Topics


Minority issues (headscarves)


Native animals and conservancy

Major rivers

Village life


Cuisine, markets, and cooking


Cultural considerations

Population diversity

Currency and exchange

Media (local newspaper and television)

Medical issues (AIDS)



Tourism, hiking, biking, cave diving

Holidays and festivals

History (traditional and modern)

College life

Government and Constitution


Women’s issues

Minority people

Dams, reservoirs, and energy sources/oil trade

Deforestation, environmental issues (pollution)


Traditional dance, theater, music



Drug trade


Assignment Description

ENGL 1101: Research Project

Aspects of France versus similar topics in the southern US

The research essay involves students writing informatively and persuasively to complete a five page essay that focuses on an aspect of French culture relative to a similar topic in the southern United States.

The first decisions will be to select a research topic. Specifically, consider how a people, literature, history, architecture, religion, sports, nature, geography, leisure activity, or cultural site of interest is similar and different from its counterpart in Georgia or the southern US. Why is France an important research topic? The answer to this question is part of the purpose of your research. Important places in France are the capital city, Paris; other places in France are la côte d’azur, Provence, Brittany, and Normandy. Obviously, the important cities in Georgia are Atlanta and Savannah. Search the Web on the topics in the righthand sidebars for help in choosing a writing topic. The choices are broad; it is important to focus on a subject that has research possibilities.

Narrow the focus of the research topic to reflect comparable subjects, in France and Georgia (or the southern US), and write an essay that attempts to understand the relationship between the two cultures. For example, write about striking similarities between increasing immigrant populations in France and Georgia; explore the relative functional similarities between these groups; what are the highest percentages of people coming to these countries and why?

To examine dominant beliefs in each country (religious affiliations or political systems), first define the terms, and then explain how those beliefs function in society. The discussion should point out the interesting aspects of these structures and the belief systems they represent as well as the differences between these beliefs and corresponding beliefs in the southern U.S.

To the extent that food and people’s cultural habits are relevant to a topic, explain how regional tastes originated and changed as well as how marketing and food preparation reflect culinary preferences.

The idea of virtual travel to a place never seen, except through technology and research, is challenging. Include a minimum of two articles as references in the essay, and they must come from Galileo or the BC library. No Wikipedia allowed. Follow MLA standard format for writing. The first draft is due on Sunday before midnight in MCL. The final draft is due on Sunday night before the last day of class.

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