From Chapter 7, Page 243, 40 Model Essays.
Select one of the following topics for an essay developed by comparison and contrast. Be sure to choose a topic you care about..
1. Two jobs you have held
2. Two experiences with discrimination
3. Your own version of an event you witnessed or participated in and someone else's view of the same event (perhaps a friend's or a reporter's)
4. Your relationships with two friends
5. Someone before and after marriage or the birth of a child
6. Two or more candidates for public office
7. Two relatives
8. A place as it is now and as it was years ago
9. Public and private transportation
10. Contact lenses and glasses
11. Two towns or cities
12. The work of two artists or writers, or two works by the same person
13. Movies or television today and when you were a child
14. A high-school sports game and a professional game in the same sport
15. The advertisements on two very different Web sites
16. Talent and skill
17. Learning and teaching
18. Your study method and that of a classmate
19. A humanities course and a science or mathematics course
From Chapter 8, Page 276, 40 Model Essays.
Select one of the following topics for an essay developed by definition. Be sure to choose a topic you care about.
2. Selflessness or selfishness
3. Loyalty or disloyalty
6. A nightmare
7. A good teacher, coach, parent, or friend
8. Religious faith
9. A good joke or a tasteless joke
11. Success or failure
12. An emotion such as fear, excitement, or shame
15. Domestic violence
16. Substance abuse
19. Jazz or some other kind of music
20. A good novel, movie, or television program
From Chapter 9, Page 315, 40 Model Essays.
Select one of the following questions for an essay developed by analyzing causes or effects. The question you choose should concern a topic you care about.
1. Why is a past or present politician, athlete, police officer; or fire fighter considered a hero?
2. Why does a sound body contribute to a sound mind?
3. Why is a particular friend or relative always getting into trouble?
4. Why do people root for the underdog?
5. How does a person's alcohol or drug dependency affect others?
6. At what age should a person start working for pay, and why?
7. What effects do you expect your education to have on your choice of career and your performance in it?
8. What effect has the job market had on you and your friends?
9. Why would a man or a woman enter a field that has traditionally been filled by the opposite sex, such as nursing or engineering?
10. How has the Internet changed the music industry?
11. What makes a professional sports team succeed in a new city?
12. Why is (or was) a particular television show, movie, or Web site so popular?
13. Why does the United States spend so much money on health care?
14. How can a long period of involuntary unemployment affect a person?
15. Is a college education worth the expense?
16. Why do marriages between teenagers fail more often than marriages between people in other age groups?
17. Why might someone resort to a public act of violence, such as bombing a building?
From Chapter 10, Page 377, 40 Model Essays.
Select one of the following statements and support or refute it in an argumentative essay. The statement you choose should concern a topic you care about.
1. Pornographic magazines and films should be banned.
2. Advertisements serve useful purposes.
3. Music recordings should be labeled if their lyrics contain violent or sexual references.
4. Professional athletes should not be allowed to compete in the Olympics.
5. Terminally ill people should have the right to choose when to die.
6. Private automobiles should be restricted in cities.
7. Laboratory experiments on dogs, cats, and primates are necessary.
8. Smoking should be banned in all public places, including outdoors.
9. Students caught in any form of academic cheating should be expelled.
10. The school's costly athletic programs should be eliminated in favor of improving the academic curriculum.
11. Like high-school textbooks, college textbooks should be purchased by the school and loaned to students for the duration of a course.
12. Corporate executives are overpaid.
13. Private institutions should have the right to make rules that would be unconstitutional outside those institutions.
14. Public libraries should provide free, unlimited access to the Internet for all.
15. When adopted children turn eighteen, they should have free access to information about their birth parents.