When we speak about what troubles us, we are able to ask for what we need and encourage others to do so, too. I have faith people care, kids are thinking, and that they see a better way. Their words make me want to do better; they make me believe we can. I will never meet these young adults, but I want to thank them. I want to tell them: I see you. And: Keep going. The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.
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Question: Is "What kinds of problems do teenagers have with their friends? Answer: That question is a definition essay which would state and then describe those problems. Other essay topics on the same idea would be:.
Answer: Any of the topics on this page would be good for a school essay. You could also look at my other lists of ideas if none of these appeals to you. The best topic for your school essay will be one that you care about. Here are some suggestions I give my students for choosing a topic:. Read the instructions of your teacher carefully and circle or underline any of the important words that help you understand what kind of essay you are supposed to write. You can look through my articles on Letterpile to find examples, instructions on how to write, and also many lists of topics for all of those kinds of essays.
I also have links to research articles to help you out if you are required to use sources for your paper. Look at my topic suggestions for possible ideas and examples of how to write a topic question. Write a full answer to the question, which can be your thesis statement and help you develop your essay. For more information about how to develop your thesis statement into a full outline, see my articles about how to develop good topic sentences. Question: Is the topic "Do parents with a drug addiction affect a child's present and future?
Answer: The idea of this question is good. However, you want to avoid wording a question so that it asks for a "yes or no" answer. Here are some better alternatives on this topic:. Question: What is a good argumentative question for a high school research paper? Answer: Many of the topics in this article would be good for your research.
However, you might also want to check out my articles which are specifically about researching and give samples, links and writing instructions for college or high school research essays:. Question: Would "Are teens in this generation more stressed and pressured than their parents were? Answer: You might be able to determine the "why" in this question, but I think it might be more interesting to write on one of the following:. This is great.
Thank you for doing such a great job! As a teenager, these different questions just made me discover more! It is important to make good decisions. I am sure many teenagers have heard that term or comment. I do believe in great decisions, however, how do I make great decisions? Is it according to what I think is right, to what my parents think is right,to what my school thinks is right, or a combination?
Where does one draw the line? These questions are a powerful tool to get one thinking, especially a teenager like me. Interesting questions and somehow I don't see any of these a problem. Teenagers deserve to experience their years as they wish with greater responsibility there should be no issues Trust is important. Hope that there is more for them than how they are living now, that they can make it out of their situation and put the pieces back together.
And if they have hope, I do too. We might be up at night and restless, feeling the sharpness of all we lost in , uncertain about what happens next, but knowing others are also awake and driven to reach outside of themselves and send up a flare is a kind of comfort. And they will never know who I am. Writing, creating and thinking of another path forward is its own kind of light in the darkness. Closer to changing our lives and the lives of others. When we speak about what troubles us, we are able to ask for what we need and encourage others to do so, too.
I have faith people care, kids are thinking, and that they see a better way. Their words make me want to do better; they make me believe we can. I will never meet these young adults, but I want to thank them. I want to tell them: I see you.