Writing essays is an important part of schoolwork and for good reason. Essay writing is an exercise in methods of discourse. Unfortunately, it is not treated as such by both teachers and students in general. Writing an essay is usually a “task” for the students “given” by the teacher, as part of “work.” All elements in this idea combine to cause alienation in students. What should be a great learning experience turns into a drag, a resented chore.
Looking at essay writing as training in discussion and argumentation changes the whole paradigm. Who does not want to be a great, convincing conversationalist? No one!
Now that the idea of essay writing has been demystified and “disinfected,” think about what you are going to write. If the teacher has not specified the type of essay, you can write any one of the following:
If you are free to choose the topic as you please, you should aim for something innovating, interesting, and yet relevant to common concerns. There are various venues you could explore for inspiration, starting from your immediate surroundings.
These are just a few suggestions. There are many more places to look once you start thinking. The trick is to let your imagination and creativity take over. Do not worry about impressions while selecting your topic. Just go ahead and be bold.
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