Some writing topics for this week

So, if you don’t like Benjamin Franklin, this week’s response paper may pose a bit of a challenge to you. Also, if you don’t like Benjamin Franklin, you’re probably kind of a bad person, and you might want to have that checked out.

Anyway, here are a few possible topics for those procrastinators out there surfing this site on Sunday night wondering what to write about.

  • Set up your own criteria for Best American Ever and then come up with your own nominee. Compare your candidate to Benjamin Franklin, discussing specific aspects of their lives and their values.
  • Choose one of the aphorisms from Poor Richard’s Almanac and illustrate it with stories from your own life or people you know. The strength of this paper depends on your strength as a storyteller. Use all of your storytelling powers to suck the reader in, paint a vivid picture in detailed description, and all that stuff.
  • Write your own aphorism in the style or spirit of Poor Richard’s Almanac and illustrate it with stories from your own life or people you know. Use all your storytelling powers blah blah blah. (see above)
  • Come up with your own top values in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin’s list of his top 13 values in his autobiography. Summarize each value in one “powerful” word, give it a short explanation, and then provide detailed analysis convincing the reader why this particular value is so important.
  • Skip the assignment, don’t hand anything in for the third week in a row, keep coming to class 3 or 4 times a week where you will sit silently, with your head down, without acknowledging the presence of the teacher or your fellow students, and pretend that it’s all okay.

I really like the first 4 topics, although I know lots of you find option 5 especially enticing. Git off yer butts and write!

MT

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