Informative Topics

Informative Topics

First of all, almost any topic can be an informative topic. Be careful that your topic is not too broad. Secondly, remember you have a captive audience. This means that the class does not have a choice whether they listen to you or not. Some topics you will do in health class. Because of these reasons, there are topics that I ask you not to do: anything with drugs (cocaine, opium, marijuana, steroids, LSD, etc.), child abuse, eating disorders, STDs and sexual orientation issues. There are also topics I am going to ask you not to do because you will not be able to access information. These off limits topics would include: gangs and mafia. Once you have found your topic, tell Mr. Keller; no two people in one class can have the same topic.

You do not need to pick a topic off this list.


General Subjects


  • Academic dishonesty
  • Academic freedom
  • Accidents, aircraft
  • Accidents, sports
  • Accidents, traffic
  • Acid rain
  • Adoption of children
  • Adoption of wild animals
  • Advertising
  • Aerobic exercise
  • African killer bee
  • Age and discrimination
  • Age and intelligence
  • Agricultural pests
  • Air bags, automobile
  • Air pollution
  • Alternative fuels
  • Alternative medicine
  • Amusement parks
  • Animal communication
  • Animal experimentation
  • Animal extinction
  • Animal training
  • Anti-theft devices for cars
  • Antibiotics
  • Antioxidants
  • Apartheid (in South Africa)
  • Aquariums
  • Architectural design
  • Art therapy
  • Art treasures
  • Assassinations
  • Assisted suicide
  • Asteroids
  • Astronauts
  • Athletes, nutrition
  • Athletes, psychology
  • Athletes, women
  • auto insurance
  • Automobiles, electric
  • Automobiles, safety
  • Back pain
  • Bald eagle
  • Beekeeping
  • Behavior, compulsive
  • Behavior, Type A or B
  • Bicycles, commuting
  • big full moon
  • Billboards
  • Biotechnology & genetics
  • Bird-watching
  • Blood banks
  • Blood pressure
  • Bone marrow
  • Books and censorship
  • Burglary protection
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium
  • Capital punishment
  • Car theft
  • Cave drawings
  • Cell phone etiquette
  • Censorship in the arts
  • Charities
  • Checking accounts
  • Child labor laws
  • Child support
  • Children and war
  • Cholesterol
  • City planning
  • Civil liberties
  • Clean water
  • Climatic changes
  • Cloning
  • College athletes
  • College campus crimes
  • College costs
  • College or University
  • Communication, family
  • Communication, medicine
  • Commuting
  • Computer fraud
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer viruses
  • Con artists
  • Consumer protection
  • Contamination of water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Cosmic rays
  • Coyotes
  • Credit card fraud
  • Credit card misuse
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal behavior
  • Day care centers
  • Death, accidental
  • Debt relief
  • Deep-sea ecology
  • Deficit spending
  • Depletion of ozone layer
  • Desalinization of water
  • Designated drivers
  • Diagnosis, ultrasonic
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Digital music
  • Digital television
  • Dinosaur discoveries
  • Disaster victims
  • Discrimination
  • Discrimination, disabilities
  • Discrimination, gender
  • Discrimination, weight
  • DNA fingerprints
  • Dog racing
  • Dolphins
  • Earth-friendly products
  • Earthquakes
  • Egyptian revolution of 2011
  • Elderly drivers
  • Electronic books
  • Electronic mail (e-mail)
  • Electronic music
  • Employee crimes
  • Endangered species
  • Environmental protection
  • Epidemics
  • Ethics, business
  • Ethics, medical
  • Ethnic cleansing
  • Euphemisms
  • Euthanasia (assisted suicide)
  • Evidence, criminal
  • Expert witnesses
  • Family therapy
  • Famines
  • Fashion design
  • feminism
  • Fiber optics
  • Fingerprints
  • Fire ants
  • Firefighting
  • Flea markets
  • Folk medicine
  • Food allergy
  • Food poisoning
  • Forest conservation
  • Forgery
  • Fossils
  • Foster parents
  • Galaxies
  • Gambling
  • Gardening
  • Generic drugs
  • Genetic engineering
  • Geothermal power
  • Gerrymander
  • Global warming
  • Gold discoveries
  • Gorillas
  • Government secrecy
  • Grand jury
  • Gray wolves
  • Great Wall of China
  • Green movement
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Grief
  • Grizzly bear
  • Groundwater pollution
  • Growth hormones
  • Guerrilla warfare
  • Gullah dialect
  • Gun control
  • Gymnastics
  • Habitual criminals
  • Hailstorms
  • Haiti
  • Ham radio
  • Handwriting
  • Harassment, sexual
  • Hate crimes
  • Hay fever
  • Hazardous materials
  • Hazing
  • Headaches
  • Health care reform
  • Health foods
  • Health of workers
  • Hearing impairments
  • Heart transplants
  • Hemophilia
  • Herbal medicine
  • Heredity of disease
  • High speed trains
  • Highway safety
  • Hijacking of automobiles
  • Historic preservation
  • Holistic medicine
  • Holocaust, Jewish
  • Holocaust, Native American
  • Home accidents
  • Home design
  • Home schooling
  • Homeless persons
  • Homeopathy
  • Honeybees
  • Horse-racing
  • Housefly
  • Hunger
  • Hunting
  • Hurricanes
  • Hydrogen as fuel
  • Hydroponics
  • Hyperactive children
  • Hypnotism
  • Identity fraud/ protection
  • Illiteracy
  • Immigration
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Income tax
  • Incurable diseases
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Industrial diseases
  • Industrial robots
  • Inequality of income
  • Injuries, treatment
  • Insanity defense
  • Insect-eating plants
  • Insects as food
  • Insurance, car
  • Insurance, health
  • Insurance, life
  • Intelligence tests
  • International language
  • Internet privacy
  • Intolerance
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Investments
  • Iron deficiency diseases
  • Jails, overcrowding
  • Jet lag
  • Jewels
  • Job hunting
  • Job sharing
  • Junk in space
  • Junk mail
  • Juries
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Kangaroos
  • Kidnapping, parental
  • Killer bees
  • Kleptomania
  • Labor disputes
  • Laboratories, testing
  • Lakes, pollution
  • Landfills
  • language acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Laser surgery
  • Latchkey children
  • Layoffs/Unemployment/welfare
  • Lead poisoning
  • Learning disabilities
  • Libel and slander
  • Lie detectors, deception
  • Lightning
  • Limousines
  • Living trusts
  • Living wills
  • Loans, student
  • Low-calorie diet
  • Low-fat diet
  • Macrobiotic diet
  • Magic
  • Mail-order catalogs
  • Mandatory sentences
  • Maps
  • Marathon running
  • Marine aquariums
  • Marine pollution
  • Marriage customs
  • Marriage customs and traditions
  • Massage
  • Math anxiety
  • Medical errors
  • Medicinal plants
  • Medicine, preventive
  • Manic-depression
  • Meteorites
  • Metric system
  • Microsurgery
  • Microwave cookery
  • Midwifery
  • Migrant labor
  • Military weapons
  • Militias
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Moon, exploration
  • Moonlighting
  • Motorcycle gangs
  • Mound-builders
  • Memory techniques
  • Murders, serial
  • Music therapy
  • Mythology
  • Names, geographic
  • Names, personal
  • Nanotechnology
  • Narcotic laws
  • National parks
  • Naturopathy (natural healing)
  • Neanderthals
  • Nuclear energy
  • Nursing homes
  • Occupational therapy
  • Ocean dumping
  • Ocean fishing
  • Older workers
  • Online auctions
  • Online investing
  • Open adoption
  • Optical fibers
  • Oral tradition
  • Ordination of women
  • Organically grown food
  • Organized crime
  • Outer space, exploration
  • Ozone layer
  • Pandas
  • Parent-child relations
  • Performance art
  • Pesticides
  • Phobias
  • Plants, extinction
  • Plants, medicinal
  • Plea bargaining
  • Poaching
  • Police, job stress
  • Political advertising
  • Pollution
  • Polygraphs
  • Poverty
  • Prehistoric animals
  • Prehistoric painting
  • Premature infants
  • Primates
  • Prisons
  • Product safety
  • Quit-smoking programs
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radio astronomy
  • Rain forests
  • Rare animals
  • Recovering addicts
  • Renewable resources
  • Rescue work
  • Robots
  • Rock climbing
  • Satellites
  • Savant syndrome
  • Scams
  • Scientific fraud
  • Sea farming
  • Seafood contamination
  • Self-defense
  • Serotonin (happiness hormone)
  • Sled dog racing
  • Sleep, research
  • Sleep
  • Smuggling
  • Soil erosion
  • Solar power
  • Space exploration
  • Spam & junk e-mail
  • Speech disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Sunken treasure
  • surfing
  • Survival skills
  • Taxes
  • technology in the classroom
  • Terrorism
  • Tornadoes
  • Toxic wastes
  • Urban homesteading
  • US Patriot Act
  • Vegetarianism
  • Vikings (not the sports team)
  •  Victims of crime
  • Volcanoes
  • Water purification
  • Weather forecasting
  • Wikipedia
  • Wildlife rescue
  • Wind power
  • Women’s rights
  • X-rays
  • Year-round education
  • Zoological parks

Recreation

  • The best carnivals–from New Orleans to Rio
  • Touring Europe on a bicycle
  • Hang-gliding
  • Walking trips in Great Britain and Ireland

Exotic Information

  • Possibility of life on other planets
  • Homemade herbal remedies of Native Americans
  • The incredible intelligence of bees
  • The search for Atlantis
  • The last Tsar of Russia
  • Famous people who accurately predicted the date of their death

Personalities

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Akio Morita
  • Albert Einstein
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Amy Tan
  • Anne Frank
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Any actor
  • Any athlete
  • Any musician/band
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Charles Starkweather
  • Chief Seattle
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Edward James Olmos
  • H.H. Dalai Lama
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Joan of Arc
  • John F. Kennedy
  • José Carreras
  • King David Kalakaua
  • King Kamehameha
  • Lee Iaccocca
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Malcolm X
  • Mathew Shepard
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Mother Teresa
  • Princess Diana
  • Queen Kaahumanu
  • Queen Liliuokalani
  • Rachel Carson
  • Sacagawea
  • Socrates/ Aristotle/ Nietzsche
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Toni Morrison
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Zora Neale Huston

Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

Health / Diseases

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Appendicitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • bacterial infections
  • Bird flu
  • Cancer
  • cerebral palsy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Common cold
  • Depression, mental
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslexia
  • False memory syndrome
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune system
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia & other sleep disorders
  • Leprosy
  • Melanoma
  • Mental disorders
  • Migraines
  • Mouth, diseases
  • Multiple personality
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD
  • Plague
  • pox
  • rare or extinguished diseases
  • SARS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sick-building syndrome
  • skin diseases
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