Link of the Week: Tiny Houses

The current events you choose for your examples do not have to be "events" at all; they can be societal movements or trends that take place over a period of time. 

One recent trend you could choose is the Tiny House Movement, in which people are choosing to simplify their lives by significantly scaling down their the dimensions of their homes.  Read more about the movement in this article, or check out some amazing pictures and videos of tiny houses here

The Tiny House Movement can be applied to a variety of past SAT prompts.  For instance:

Do material possessions make us truly happy?  People who live in tiny homes voluntarily give up many of their material possessions because they believe a simpler life will make them happier. 

Should modern society be criticized for being materialistic?  According to the aforementioned articles and videos about tiny houses, the average house size in America has doubled since the 1970s.  This could suggest that Americans are more focused on their material possessions now than they were in the past. 

Do people need to "unlearn" or reject many of their assumptions and ideas?  The Tiny House Movement teaches people to reject consumerism and the mantra that "bigger is better." 

Check back next week for a new link.  Thanks for reading!

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Link of the Week: Malala Yousafzai

As you look for current events to use as excellent examples for your SAT essay, be sure to select events that relate to a wide variety of themes.  Can you address all of the following questions using a single event?

1.  Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it? 

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? 

You can answer all of these questions with a single example.  Read this article about Malala Yousafzai, a girl who was shot for advocating education for girls.  She celebrated her 16th birthday by addressing the United Nations about the very same subject.  Also, take a look at this article about the reporters who are covering this story.  Some of them are younger than you might expect.  If this current event interests you, be sure to write down the relevant details of the story, and think about all the themes that are mentioned in these articles.  Then look back at the SAT questions listed above.  How would you answer these questions using this current event?