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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: Batkid

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. 

 

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