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SAT Essay: Current Event

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As you look for current events to use as excellent examples on the SAT essay, realize that not all of the issues that you choose have to be earth shattering.  You can choose something that is just an event, even if it may not make a huge mark on history.

Consider this story about a teenage traveler who defaced an Egyptian temple.  You will find additional information here.  It is a simple story to read and retell, and at first it may seem like a nonevent, something unimportant.  However consider the conclusions you can draw about the role of technology in this incident.  What about the role of culture in international problems?  What does this mean for young people or the perception of young people?

How might you relate this current event to the following SAT essay prompts?

1.  Is the world changing for the better?

2.  Should people take more responsibility for solving problems that affect their communities or the nation in general?

3.  Can knowledge be a burden rather than a benefit?

4.  Should we pay more attention to people who are older and more experienced than we are?

5.  Has today's abundance of information only made it more difficult for us to understand the world around us?

You should be able to use this story to support a view on any of these SAT essay prompts.  Take a moment to think through your thesis for each response, and identify the details from the story that would best make your point.

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