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New SAT Writing Workbook

New SAT Writing Workbook

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Let’s take a look at some more prompts and how you might answer
them.

Directions: Think carefully about the issue described in the excerpt
below and about the assignment that follows it.

Many people believe that what is important is playing or participating
in sports, not winning.

Assignment: What is your opinion of the idea that playing is more
important than winning? Plan and write an essay that develops your
point of view on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and
examples from your reading, your class work, your personal experi-
ences, or your observations.

To answer a prompt that asks for your opinion, you first need to ask
yourself if you agree with the issue or not. Do you think that people
value participation more than victory? Or do you disagree, believing
that triumph is more important?
In truth, your opinion about the issue is less important than the
support that you bring to your essay. You need to cite specific
examples from your life experience or your knowledge base to
support your viewpoint. You will need to include more than one
example to write an effective essay. You should plan on presenting at
least three examples. Be specific and use details to describe each
example. The more you use relevant details, the more interesting
your essay will be. You will learn more about writing interesting
essays in Chapter 3.
Take a look at another example.

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Directions: Think carefully about the issue described in the excerpt
below and about the assignment that follows it.

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle,
then evil men prevail.
—Pearl S. Buck

Assignment: What is your opinion of Buck’s viewpoint that good
people must always strive against evil? Plan and write an essay that
develops your point of view on the issue. Support your opinion with
reasoning and examples from your reading, your class work, your
personal experiences, or your observations.

To answer this question, you need to decide your own viewpoint
first. Do you think that Buck’s idea is valid? Do you think that evil
occurs when good takes no stand against it? Can you think of
examples in present-day events or from history that support your
thesis?

CHECK YOUR WRITING SKILLS

Read the following writing prompts and assignments. The directions
are not repeated each time. State your opinion and list three ex-
amples that you could use to support your opinion. Try to vary your
sources of evidence.

1. It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
—Alvin Toffler

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that it is better to be
daring than to be cautious in living one’s life? Plan and write an essay
that develops your point of view on the issue. Support your opinion
with reasoning and examples from your reading, your class work,
your personal experiences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

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2. When you are right, you cannot be too radical; when you are
wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that it is acceptable to be
radical when pursuing something that is just and right, but conserva-
tive when in error? Plan and write an essay that develops your point
of view on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and
examples from your reading, your class work, your personal experi-
ences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

3. Knowledge is capable of being its own end. Such is the constitu-
tion of the human mind, that any kind of knowledge, if it really
be such, is its own reward.
—John, Cardinal Newman, The Idea of a University

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that knowledge is its
own reward? Plan and write an essay that develops your point of
view on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and ex-
amples from your reading, your class work, your personal experi-
ences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

4. A good idea is one that turns you on rather than shuts you off. It
keeps generating more ideas and they improve on one another. A
bad idea is one that closes doors instead of opening them. It is
confining and restrictive.
—Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

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Assignment: What is your view of the opinion that good ideas
generate more ideas, whereas bad ideas limit your creative thinking?
Plan and write an essay that develops your point of view on the
issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and examples from your
reading, your class work, your personal experiences, or your observa-
tions.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

5. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our
own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
—Nelson Mandela

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that in allowing ourselves
the freedom to be and do our best, we aid others in being and doing
their best? Plan and write an essay that develops your point of view
on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and examples
from your reading, your class work, your personal experiences, or
your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

6. Learning is an active process, not a passive one. Students learn
best when they are actively engaged in their own learning,
making decisions about what they learn and how they learn it.

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that students should be
actively engaged in their own learning? Plan and write an essay that
develops your point of view on the issue. Support your opinion with
reasoning and examples from your reading, your class work, your
personal experiences, or your observations.

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Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

7. Technological progress will force all of society to confront tough
new problems, only some of which we can foresee. But we
should be prepared for change.
—William Gates, The Road Ahead

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that technology causes
changes in society? Plan and write an essay that develops your point
of view on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and
examples from your reading, your class work, your personal experi-
ences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

8. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what
we give.
—Winston Churchill

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that living a full and
complete life includes helping others? Plan and write an essay that
develops your point of view on the issue. Support your opinion with
reasoning and examples from your reading, your class work, your
personal experiences, or your observations.

Issue:

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My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

9. There are a few things that everyone is interested in. Virtually
everyone is interested in saving time, saving money, and

reducing headaches, that is, making life less complicated.
—Adapted from Guerrilla Selling, Jay Conrad Levinson, Bill
Gallagher, and Orvel Ray Wilson

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that saving time, saving
money, and living a less stressful life are priorities for many, if not
most, people? Plan and write an essay that develops your point of
view on the issue. Support your opinion with reasoning and ex-
amples from your reading, your class work, your personal experi-
ences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

Some evidence I could use:

10. The oppressor neither hates nor fears the weaknesses and
failures of the oppressed. Rather, it is their strengths and
successes that enrage and terrify him beyond reason.
—James Jerry Clark, Journal of a Champion, Champions of
Caring Program

Assignment: What is your opinion of the idea that oppressors
actually fear their victims? Plan and write an essay that develops
your point of view on the issue. Support your opinion with
reasoning and examples from your reading, your class work, your
personal experiences, or your observations.

Issue:

My opinion:

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Some evidence I could use:

PRACTICAL ADVICE

As you begin to practice for the essay, keep the following strategies
in mind:

• Read the excerpt carefully.

• Read the assignment carefully.

• Underline key words and phrases in the excerpt for possible use in
your essay.

CHECK OFF

Before you go on to the next chapter,

• Can you dissect a writing prompt accurately to find out what you
are supposed to write about?

• Is it becoming easier to think of at least three examples to support
your essays?

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