Parenting Essay


Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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Academic Vocabulary and Reading Success


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Night, Maus and the Holocaust


Essay Writing Prompt: Ernst Schnabel wrote of Anne Frank, “Her voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[this voice] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” (110). The same could be said of Night author, Elie Wiesel.

For those that experienced the Holocaust, why was it so important for them to tell their stories? How has the Holocaust affected the identity of the Jewish people? In a well-developed essay, discuss the effects of the Holocaust and the importance of the survivors bearing witness by telling their stories.

Cite textual evidence from Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, Night, Art Spiegelman’s memoir, Maus, and at least one other Holocaust text to support of your ideas.

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Los Angeles River Essay

lariverWriting Prompt: Like the city that shares its name, the Los Angeles River has a very tortured and complicated history. One writer, Jenny Price, calls it an “outsize concrete sewer…most famous for being forgotten.” Write a persuasive essay about how the city of Los Angeles should handle the future of its river. Back up your argument with specific evidence. Include cited evidence from the Los Angeles Times articles and other online resources. Online resources: