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10.1: Suggested Writing Topics

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    These are possible topics that could be used in an academic writing course. This list contains topics that were used throughout the years by the Authors, but they are not currently used.

    1. Discuss some of the things that make people choose a big city as their home.
    2. Which do you think has the greatest impact on college-age people: family or friends? Why?
    3. In order for you to be happy in a future job, what will you need or expect from your job?
    4. Discuss some aspects of your home culture that you always want to keep in your life.
    5. What is your favorite form of entertainment or recreation? Explain why.
    6. Explain what you look for in people whom you want to be your friends.
    7. What do you think helps a marriage to be strong, healthy, and long-lasting?
    8. What is one value or tradition of your own country or culture that some people misunderstand? Explain.
    9. What strategies can we use to make a good first impression? Explain.
    10. In your opinion, does television tend to influence people positively or negatively? Explain the reasons for your opinion.
    11. As a manager, what characteristics or actions would cause you to fire an employee? Explain.
    12. What are some good ways to deal with stress and minimize its negative impact on our lives?
    13. What do you think are the main reasons why so many students never finish their first year in college? Explain.
    14. Do you think this is a good idea for teenagers to have jobs while they are still students? Explain why or why not.
    15. Is it a good or bad thing for a culture to encourage children to be very competitive? Explain why or why not.
    16. Discuss the biggest problems you have faced as a non-native student in an American college.
    17. What do people gain and what do they lose by moving away from their parents’ home after the age of 18 or 19?
    18. What impact has attending college had on your relationships with others (your family and or friends) and on your life in general?
    19. In choosing a place to live (an apartment or house) what are the characteristics you look for?
    20. What is the most important thing you hope to someday give your children?
    21. If you could have a conversation with a famous person (living or dead), who would it be, and what would you talk about?
    22. Should all students, regardless of their major, be required to take courses in computers as part of their college education? Explain why or why not.
    23. Should teachers evaluate students according to their achievement (grades, or test scores) or according to their effort (how much time and effort they spend on the work)? Explain.
    24. Should schools have rules about clothes and appearance? Why or why not?
    25. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of living in the United States?
    26. Do you think college students should be required to attend class? Why or why not?
    27. Explain some of the problems presented by cell phones.
    28. What advice would you give someone considering entering college?
    29. Why are many people afraid of growing old? Explain.
    30. The 21st century has begun. What changes do you think this century will bring? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
    31. Should a college education be available to all students or just to good students? Explain why.
    32. In the future, students may have the choice of studying at home by using technology such as computers or of studying at traditional schools. Which would you prefer? Explain why.
    33. Write about a person who has influenced your life in a significant way.
    34. If someone discovered a formula that would allow us to live forever, do you think that would be a good or bad thing? Explain.
    35. Should a parent be a child’s disciplinarian or a child’s best friend? Explain.
    36. Do you learn better by doing things, reading things, or listening to people talk about things? Use specific examples to support your choice.
    37. Should students spend the whole school day on academic studies, or should physical exercise be a required part of every school day? Use specific examples to support your choice.
    38. Why are some people attracted to dangerous sports or other activities?
    39. Is it better for children to begin formal schooling at an early age or to spend more time playing?
    40. How can college students improve their leadership skills?
    41. What changes would make Georgia Perimeter College a better institution?
    42. Computers are important in most people’s lives, but they also have negative aspects. What are some?
    43. Choose a profession whose members make a worthwhile contribution to society and discuss the benefits that society receives from members of this profession.
    44. If you were asked to make a fair evaluation of your teachers, what criteria would you use for the evaluation? Discuss
    45. Each year, many teenagers run away from home. What do you think are the main causes?

    This page titled 10.1: Suggested Writing Topics is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Barbara Hall & Elizabeth Wallace (GALILEO Open Learning Materials) .

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