LESSON 5.5
Brainstorm Old Variable

So far, you have identified possible New variable ideas. These are ones that educated adult readers are not likely to know a lot about and are likely to be interested in.

You then prioritized your list according to which ones interest you the most.

Brainstorming the Old

Now brainstorm ideas for the Old variable. Don’t trust your own mind.  Let the computer help you with your brainstorming. It’s a tool, so use it.  That way, you are less likely to end up with Old ideas.    

A Beauty Contest

Think of the Old variable ideas like this:

Pretend you are a judge in a beauty contest. Round One is over. Some contestants have been eliminated.

Now it’s time for Round Two. Each contestant now selects a subject of their choice on which to give a speech.

Choosing something like global warming will bore people. The contestants need subjects that will catch the audience’s attention.

You can help the contestants. Looking them up in Wikipedia and find a subject you feel an educated adult might not know a lot about and be interested in.

For example, Wilma Rudolph, America’s first great women’s sprinter, had polio as a child. Polio crippled or killed hundreds of thousands of people, especially children, before it was finally stopped in the 1950s.

Wilma was told she might never walk again. But she overcame the disease and eventually won several gold medals!

Here is a list each of our remaining New contestants might use as a subject for the speech. They are prioritized by activity and then alphabetized.

 

Name

Famous for

Explorers

 

 

1

Florence Baker

Former white slave who explored east Africa

2

Jim Bridger

Mountain man who explored the American West

3

John Muir

Explored what is now Yosemite & helped created the park

4

Percy Fawcett

Explored the Amazon; died looking for a lost city

Gymnasts

 

 

5

Olga Korbutt

Revolutioned modern women’s gymnastics

Distance runners

 

 

6

Billy Mills

Underdog – only American to win 10,000 meter race

7

Steve Prefontaine

Beloved American runner who died early

Sprinters

 

 

8

Flo-Jo

Woman who ran fastest race ever

9

Wilma Rudolph

1st great American female sprinter

Marathoners

 

 

10

Abebe Bikila

Greatest modern marathoner

11

Dorando Pietri

Lost marathon on a horrible technicality

12

Eliud Kipchoge

1st person to run marathon in two hours

13

Kathrine Switzer

1st American woman champion

14

Pheidippides

Greek warrior who started the marathon tradition

Skateboarders

 

 

15

Jason Lee

Famous skateboarder turned actor

Ultramarathoners

 

 

16

Dean Karnazes

Greatest ultramarathoner

Mushers

 

 

17

John Suter

Used poodles in Iditarod (Alaska’s 1049 mile dog sled race)

18

Libby Riddles

1st woman to win Iditarod

19

Susan Butcher

Most famous woman musher

Jump-ropers

 

 

20

Tori Boggs

World champion jump-roper

People who took naps

 

 

21

Aristotle

Greek philosopher who invented Scientific Method – also famous for taking naps

22

Salvador Dali

Artist famous for surrealism – also famous for taking naps

Too Many to Research?

The reason you prioritized the subjects in Lesson 5.4 was because you have a lot of ideas.  You don’t need to research all of them.  We have researched all the names on our list only as a demonstration. 

 

Possible Idea

Name

Famous for

1

White slavery

Florence Baker

Former white slave who explored east Africa

2

The Old West in 1820

Jim Bridger

Mountain man who explored the American West

3

Yosemite National Park

John Muir

Explored what is now Yosemite & helped created the park

4

Newly discovered ancient cities in the Amazon

Percy Fawcett

Explored the Amazon; died looking for a lost city

5

Women’s gymnastics before 1968

Olga Korbutt

Revolutioned modern women’s gymnastics

6

Racism against Native American runners

Billy Mills

Underdog – only American to win 10,000 meter race

7

The creation of Nike shoes

Steve Prefontaine

Beloved American runner who died early

8

Drug controversies in American running

Flo-Jo

Woman who ran fastest race ever

9

Women’s American sprinting before 1960

Wilma Rudolph

1st great American female sprinter

10

The rise of African runners

Abebe Bikila

Greatest modern marathoner

11

The history of the marathon

Dorando Pietri

Lost marathon on a horrible technicality

12

The history of the marathon

Eliud Kipchoge

1st person to run marathon in two hours

13

The history of women’s long-distant running

Kathrine Switzer

1st American woman champion

14

Running and the Ancient Greeks

Pheidippides

Greek warrior who started the marathon tradition

15

The history of skateboarding

Jason Lee

Famous skateboarder turned actor

Don’t Let Old and New Ideas Be Duplicates

Be careful that your Old variable ideas are not the same (though with different words) as the New idea.  For example:

WHAT STATEMENT

LH

Verb Phrase

RH

Wilma Rudolph

was

a famous sprinter

Same thing

Task 5.5.1 – Tandem

Use Wikipedia to look up at least five of the New ideas (people) you identified in Lesson 5.3 and prioritized in Lesson 5.4.  Find a subject associated with them you feel is likely to interest an educated adult audience.