Homeschool Fun for High School pt. 2 – Essay Topics (really!) Really, truly, essays can be fun!
Essay writing is so important. High school students do well to write lots of essays. But very few teens I know think of essay writing as one of the FUN things they do in high school. Here are some ideas to put the fun in that will keep them writing diligently.
Goofy topics still require sound reasoning and good writing. Let your teen compare and contrast 2 silly things like Batman and Superman or salty vs. sweet snacks.
Time to write a literary analysis essay? Let your teen pick a little kid’s book like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish or Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom.
Persuasive essays really lend themselves to fun topics. If your teen was given permission to try to persuade you of ANYthing without getting in trouble, what might he or she pick? Even if you have said, “No more about it! You may NOT have a pet alligator!!” allow your child to write a persuasive essay on the topic and see how much effort goes into the assignment.
When you are preparing your student to take the SAT or to write essays under time pressure, try cooperating with friends and plan a practice-essay day. Yes, they will have to sit around the table and write two timed essays, but in between they can have lunch together, play a game, or do some other fun project. If you couple the hard stuff with some fun, they will be more likely to put their hearts into the tough part.
Has your teen read any good essays? Sometimes I find that high school students believe the essay to be merely a tool for torturing young people during their academic careers, and don’t realize that essay-writing is truly an honorable form of written expression. Read some famous essays (satirical ones are particularly fun, in my opinion) and discuss what qualities about them are inspiring or challenging or irritating. Just search online for famous essays…there are oodles of ’em!
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Middle School Essay, Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Essay Writing Guides break the essay-writing process into manageable steps, and don’t lose sight of the fun factor.