Combining essays with current events is a great way to do just that!
From time to time I’m going to give a list of essay topic ideas that correspond with current events happening around the world. This gives students a chance to write essays that have relevance not only in their own thinking, but also in the context of the bigger world. Plus, it teaches them how to think through the current events of our day.
This week I’m focusing on two hot ticket news items.
The Royal Baby- It’s not every day that a royal baby is born. This week the world welcomed Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Kate. I digress that this is my favorite news topic of the week.
-Look into the future and project what you think Prince George’s future holds. Write a narrative essay about his future life.
-Write a comparing/contrasting essay about the life of royals versus commoners. This one might require a little research.
-Choose one member of the royal family and write a narrative essay about the life of that person.
-Write an expository essay about the history of the monarchy in England.
-Is the royal family necessary to Britain’s culture and political arena in this day and time? Write a persuasive essay expressing your point of view.
George Zimmerman versus Trayvon Martin- A neighborhood watchman+ a hooded teen+ a gun= a dead body and a trial that produced outrage and deep divisions.
-Do a little research and write a narrative essay chronicling the events of this case from the time of the original incident all the way through the trial and the aftermath.
-What is your opinion on gun control? Write a persuasive essay that states your case and proves your point.
-Was the verdict fair? Did Trayvon receive justice? Should George Zimmerman go free? Write a persuasive essay revealing your thoughts on the matter.