Identify a group that you believe has been poorly treated by Canadian society (for example the handicapped or disabled, the elderly, native peoples, farmers, immigrants, refugees, single parents, etc.).
Take notes, then write an inductive argument in which you present the evidence that led to your belief.
Throughout the history of the world, writers have tried to conceive better worlds than the ones they actually lived in. Look up the word “utopia” in Wikipedia and read about the various attempts at conceiving the perfect society. Do you think these efforts were worth the time and energy the authors put into them? Or do you think the world would have been better off if theses authors had tried to do something concrete to improve the actual world they lived in? Take a position and support it.
Herman Melville referred to civilization as “snivelization.” What do you think he meant? Look up the word “snivel,” digest all of its meanings and then write an essay agreeing or disagreeing with the author of Moby Dick.
Is the big city “a wondrous toy” as the song goes, or is it a hill of swarming ants? Is it a creative showcase for a country’s talent and skill or is it a drain on the energies of millions of people who must struggle for survival from day to day? Can it be both? Is it something else? What does the city mean to you? Describe your view of the city in specific detail.
“The world is a glass dictionary,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. What does he mean by that remark? Is he right? Or do you think the world is an opaque dictionary? Take a position, and support your views with examples drawn from your experience.
Even among professionals who work with young people, the question of how to deal with teenage crime has led to hot debate. Some believe that teenagers convicted of crimes should be treated just as adults would be. Others believe that young offenders should be given firm but understanding discipline. In an essay for an adult audience, take a stand for the approach you think is the more fair and effective. You should have no trouble finding newspaper articles reflecting both points of view to aid in your argument, but draw from your own experience and observation as well.
It has been said that society has to adjust to its geniuses rather than geniuses adjusting to society. This means that special individuals (the world’s geniuses) have the effect of changing society. Agree or disagree with this observation. Support or reject it.