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5 Prompts on Current Events

5 Prompts on Current Events

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Looking for a way for your teens to think deeply about some of today’s issues?

This week’s prompts will give your teens a chance to look at current events, express their opinions, and practice persuading readers. Each one of these prompts has a link so your teens can read more about the issue.

Warning: You may want to check the sites out before your teens do. Though I am careful which links to include, inappropriate material may appear on the other sites after I’ve posted the links.

Ready? Let’s go . . .

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Repentance

Repentance

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

There are many gut-wrenching parts to the death of Jesus and his resurrection.

One is how Judas, a “friend” for three years, hands Jesus over to his enemies—with a sign of affection.

Another is when Jesus willingly steps into a rigged trial, one He knows he will lose.

Another troubling part of this account is when Peter, Jesus’ right-hand man, denies knowing Jesus even after he’s been warned that he will deny him. You can read about this in Mark 14:27-31 and Mark 14:66-72.

Jesus knows what Peter is doing. In fact, the Bible says that while Jesus is being mistreated in the house of the high priest, he turns and looks “straight at Peter” (Luke 22:61 NIV). At that point, Peter remembers the warning Jesus gave him, and he runs out of the courtyard and weeps “bitterly.”

The amazing part of Peter’s betrayal is that

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A Speech without an “I”

A Speech without an “I”

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Caucuses. Primaries. Stump Speeches. Elections. Acceptance speeches.

It’s that time of year again.

When newly elected president Theodore Roosevelt gave his inaugural address in 1905, he didn’t use the word “I.” You can read it here. When I read his short address, I was surprised that so many of the things he said were still true today.

To date, he is the only U. S. president to give an inaugural speech without the word “I” in it.

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Doctors and Assisted Suicide

Doctors and Assisted Suicide

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

 

You are a doctor, and you have been told that you must assist a patient with their suicide. If you don’t you will be breaking the law.

Doctors in some American states, in Quebec, and in some Scandinavian countries are facing this increasingly ethical dilemma: Help patients kill themselves or be punished.

In fact, doctors in Quebec, through Bill 52, are given a kit with three medicines designed to calm their patients’ anxiety and then stop their breathing, according to the Church Around the World.

Brittany Maynard, a vivacious 29-year-old woman dying of cancer of the brain, committed suicide in 2014 with the help of her physician. You can read her story here.

J. J. Hanson, a Marine Corp veteran, learned that he, too, is suffering from the same inoperable brain cancer that Brittany Maynard dealt with. You can read his story here.

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A Christmas Carol Born from Pain

A Christmas Carol Born from Pain

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Henry was a poet and a literature professor. He had a wife. He had children. He had a solid reputation, and his poetry was popular.

And then his world caved in.

One spring, his country became embroiled in a civil war. Families were split apart. Bands of thieves roamed the country, ostensibly to fight but really to steal from civilians and kill them. Emotions ran high; it was painful for everyone.

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Benefits of Bike Riding: Brainstorm and Organize

Benefits of Bike Riding: Brainstorm and Organize

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Is it tough to come up with ideas when your teacher gives you a writing assignment?

And if you have ideas, is it hard to plan and put them into an effective order with main and supporting points? This prompt will help with these problems.

Many students feel that brainstorming is a waste of time, but you’ll see otherwise in this prompt as you brainstorm the benefits of bike riding. Also, you’ll practice organizing your ideas so they make sense. These worksheets will make your tasks much, much easier.

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In-text Citations


HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

citation imageYou’re writing your essay and everything’s going great until you realize you need to let readers know where you got a certain fact. You aren’t using a bibliography, footnotes, or works cited page because this is just an essay, not a report or research paper.

You don’t want to plagiarize. Putting someone else’s fact or idea in your essay without any citation would definitely be plagiarism.

What are you going to do?

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Why Not Drop Out?


HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

drop out imageAcross the country, nearly 1 out of every 4 high school students is dropping out, according to boostup.org.

Here are some statistics about dropouts. I was the most surprised by #11. That post mentions a “dropout factory.” You’ll find the definition of that term here, along with other facts about dropping out of school.

Why do you think students drop out of high school?  Here are some interesting reasons, according to the students who are dropping out.

Do you think they should stay in school and graduate?  After all, David Karp, founder of Tumblr, dropped out of high school

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Story: This Tool Is Powerful!


HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

story, image of open bookDo you want to influence your readers? Do you want to grab their hearts?

Use the power of story.

There are two kinds of stories: the true ones and the fictional ones. People have been using both kinds forever, and so can you.

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