An analysis of SAT essay prompts over the past several years indicates that certain themes reoccur over and over again. For instance, all of the following prompts feature questions about heroism:
- Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it?
- Should we admire heroes but not celebrities?
- Should we limit our use of the term "courage" to acts in which people risk their own well-being for the sake of others or to uphold a value?
- Is there a value in celebrating certain individuals as heroes?
One recent current event would be a great illustration to use with any of these prompts.
Chances are, you have heard about Batkid, aka Miles Scott, a five-year-old in remission from Leukemia who was granted the opportunity to be a superhero for a day by the Make-a-Wish foundation. San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City as Miles, accompanied by a full-sized batman, saved a damsel in distress, foiled the Penguin, and even helped to put the Riddler behind bars. News of the story spread via Twitter and Facebook in the weeks leading up to the event , inspiring celebrities and even the president himself to post in support of Miles. When the big day arrived, thousands lined the streets of San Francisco wearing Batkid T shirts, waving encouraging posters, and cheering on Miles as he fought crime alongside his hero. Check out the full story here or here and consider having some tissues on hand.