Ideas for generating a topic and thesis statement:
Consider various facets of a topic or controversy. What are the ethical, religious, legal, technological, medical, scientific, economic, cultural, social, geographic, demographic, and political dimensions to the topic you're considering?
Consider the 5 "W"s: Who, What, When, Where, Why or How? Which aspects are most interesting to you?
Generate open-ended questions that you could explore:
What are the causes, effects, or solutions?
What are the main ideas I want to explore?
What specific issues am I trying to describe
What argument am I trying to make or prove?
What specific aspects do I wish to investigate?
What academic disciplines are involved in doing research on these issues?
Focus on identifying proper nouns, nouns or noun phrases, and action verbs in the assignment description.