Posted by: nancyisanders | February 25, 2020

Choosing a Breakthrough Topic and Learning More About It


After I brainstormed some lists of topics every kid learns about in grades K-2, I looked over my list. Here were some of them:

Community members like firefighters and postal workers
Career choices (What will I grow up to be?)
Animal homes and habitats
History of America
How a seed grows

So…after thinking about things, I decided to choose a subtopic of the History of America…PILGRIMS.

I know in kindergartens across America, every Thanksgiving, kids learn about the Pilgrims, often dressing up, eating food, and reading books about them.

BIG TIP: If you can think of a topic that has a tie-in with a holiday (without necessarily being a holiday book) that makes your topic an even BETTER BREAKTHROUGH topic.

I figured that Pilgrims and Thanksgiving tie-in were both win-win topics.

So my next step after choosing a general BREAKTHROUGH topic was to start reading, reading, reading about Pilgrims and while I was reading I planned to keep my antennae up.

What for?

To do a treasure hunt for a fresh and unique angle to write about on my BREAKTHROUGH topic. I’ll share that with you in my next post.

Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay


  1. I am really enjoying this breakthrough series, and am looking forward to the subsequent posts!

    • So glad you’re finding this helpful!

  2. You make it sound so simple!

    • This process usually takes me a couple of months. But I try to enjoy this journey and relax. I also do this while I’m working on a different manuscript. So I’m still writing on one project even while I’m looking for a new idea.

  3. Thank you for these tips, Nancy. Finding that unique angle is a terrific way to get into research mode!

    • So glad you’re finding this helpful!

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