Select a news or magazine article, editorial, blog, or letter to the editor in which a writer’s solution to a problem is morally or ethically unacceptable to you. Write an essay in which you argue against the writer’s position and offer a more reasonable and acceptable alternative approach or solution to the problem.
Using Swift’s structure and technique in “A Modest Proposal” as a model, write a mock argument in which you create a speaker whose proposal for solving a current problem is opposite to the real issues you want to raise in your essay.
In a well-organized and well-developed causal analysis essay, explain both the causes and the effects of the development of one specific kind of contemporary electronic technology for a general audience.
What are the effects of computer technology on you? Organize the most significant efforts as either a casual process or a casual classification, and write an essay based on your analysis. Be sure to establish a clear thesis for your discussion and support that thesis with specific details and examples from your own experience.
Analyze the life cycle of a particular person, animal, place, or thing, dividing the cycle into appropriate stages and steps within each stage. Write an informational process analysis of this life cycle, describing the specific details of what occurs at each stage and how they are related to the whole process.
Choose a specific place that you have observed closely and thoroughly. Analyze the process whereby this place changes during the year in accordance with the four seasons. Write an informational process analysis based on your analysis, using specific detailed descriptions to develop your essay.
Choose a significant problem that many people must learn how to handle in their daily lives, and write an instructional process analysis in which you present an effective approach or method for dealing with that problem.
Choose an activity that you enjoy. Complete the thesis statement, “You can train yourself to __________,” so that it is appropriate to your subject. Then, write and instructional process analysis in which you give three or four basic directions necessary for your readers to enjoy the activity, too.
Write a classification analysis of a common manufactured product that is useful for some specific purpose. Divide you subject into several categories or subclasses according to an appropriate principal of division (such as features, design, effectiveness, operation, size, etc.). Be sure to label, define, and illustrate each category or subclass so that your analysis supports your thesis in an effective and interesting manner.
Write an essay in which you apply Plato’s allegory of the cave to a contemporary social situation or problem using either a subject-by-subject or part-by-part approach for your comparison. Consider in what ways this comparison clarifies the situation or problem, and suggest what conclusions may be drawn from your comparison.
Write an essay about your experiences in which you contrast a situation in which you were a prisoner in “the cave” with a situation where you were released from that “cave.” Use specific details and images to show your readers both situations clearly.
Write a well-organized essay in which you contrast Canada and the United States in terms of your own experiences of these two countries, choosing either a subject-by-subject or a part-by-part approach.
Using a subject-by-subject approach, write an essay in which you contrast a fantasy or a daydream that you have had about a person, place, object, or experience, with the “real thing” that you later experienced.
Using a subject-by-subject approach, write a contrast essay in which you discuss the differences between life in a small town and life in a large city based on your experiences. Be sure to use specific details and examples in order to create vivid images in your readers’ minds.
Choose a simile or metaphor that you believe is particularly interesting or appropriate in its expression of the similarities between two subjects. Write an essay in which you develop a full and detailed presentation of that figure of speech as an analogy.
Consider modern “gods” that we worship in society. Then write an essay in which you develop an analogy between a person or a thing and a god. Be sure to use images, details, and words and phrases that clarify and support your analogy.
In an illustrative essay, discuss the contemporary relevance of the following statement by William James: “The more details of our daily life we can hand over to automation, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work.”
Consider activities, ideas, or beliefs, that might be viewed as “the great Canadian myth.” Write a well-organized and well-developed illustrative essay in which you discuss that “myth” in both general and specific terms, using details and examples from your own experience to support your view.
Choose any ordinary, daily activity that you perform, such as reading, walking, sleeping, or eating, and write a well-organized and detailed illustrative essay in which you discuss several different ways you have found to perform that activity.
Write a well-organized illustrative essay in which you discuss, in very specific detail, your own methods of writing. Consider not only the writing materials that you use but also the different situations, the different kinds of writing, and their relationship to one another.
Write a well-organized and well-developed illustrative essay in which you discuss “the awful burden of the unsolved riddles of existence.” Be sure to support and clarify your ideas with specific details and effective examples.
Write a narration about your experience with a person or an animal whose actions you have observed carefully, using a first-person point of view to present not only your own observations of your subject but also the details of that subject’s experiences as you have sympathetically understood and interpreted them.
Write a narrative account of an unpleasant or a pleasant experience that seemed, at the time, to be continuing on forever. Provide specific details about the events that took place, but carefully organize and develop those details in a sequence by compressing and expanding the narrative time duration in order to maintain your reader’s interest.
Recall an experience when a member of your family or a friend, who had no sympathy for an activity or work that you found rewarding, “reluctantly admitted there must be some virtue in it.” Write a narration of events leading up to this change in the person’s judgement.
Write a detailed narrative account of a struggle or conflict between two people in which you show the reader clearly not only what happened, but also answer questions about who, what, where, when , why, and how.
Describe your experience as a participant in a sport or game, developing that description in informative (objective) as well as experience (subjective) terms. Be sure that your primary purpose is clearly established.