1. Choose a topic that is represented in at least two different texts. Example topics: love, the American dream, marriage, cultural traditions, classism, racism, parent-child relationships, work, death, infidelity, boundaries, society, group mentality, individualism, solitude, betrayal, courage, loss, independence, choice, a dream deferred, regret, denial, good neighbors, money, success, or, etc. Start interesting questions. This will lead you to an opinion-a thesis. “At what cost is the American dream pursued?” Covering the theme in a general way will not work. Be as clear and specific as possible. “When one cannot bring his/her dreams into fruition day in and day out it does something to the soul” Create an interesting argument around this topic and frame it within modern day society.
2. Choose two characters or speakers from two different texts and argue what they might teach each other about life.
3. Choose two characters or speakers from two different texts and argue which of the two will (or would have had) the ability to change or succeed.
Create a strong thesis and support it with evidence from the text. Explain your point of view with logical reasoning. Demonstrate critical thinking and creativity when possible. The essay should have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Attempt to write a thoughtful, well- developed essay with effective paragraphs, and a balanced number of quotes. The essay should contain less than 5 grammar/ citation errors. (Use MLA format)
Into the Wild and The Death of a Salesman