Give examples of when people were up against what looked like insurmountable odds. What happened? What qualities make it possible for people to overcome enormous obstacles and achieve?
The following Prompt is a 2017 sample prompt taken for SAT practice.
As you read the passage below, consider how Paul Bogard uses
Adapted from Paul Bogard, “Let There Be Dark.” ©2012 by Los Angeles Times. Originally published December 21, 2012.
At my family’s cabin on a Minnesota lake, I knew woods so dark that my hands disappeared before my eyes. I knew night skies in which meteors left smoky trails across sugary spreads of stars. But now, when 8 of 10 children born in the United States will never know a sky dark enough for the Milky Way, I worry we are rapidly losing night’s natural darkness before realizing its worth. This winter solstice, as we cheer the days’ gradual movement back toward light, let us also remember the irreplaceable value of darkness.
All life evolved to the steady rhythm of bright days and dark nights. Today, though, when we feel the closeness of nightfall, we reach quickly for a light switch. And too little darkness, meaning too much artificial light at night, spells trouble for all.
Already the World Health Organization classifies working the night shift as a probable human carcinogen, and the American Medical Association has voiced its unanimous support for “light pollution reduction efforts and glare reduction efforts at both the national and state levels.” Our bodies need darkness to produce the hormone melatonin, which keeps certain cancers from developing, and our bodies need darkness for sleep. Sleep disorders have been linked to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression, and recent research suggests one main cause of “short sleep” is “long light.” Whether we work at night or simply take our tablets, notebooks and smartphones to bed, there isn’t a place for this much artificial light in our lives.
The rest of the world depends on darkness as well, including nocturnal and crepuscular species of birds, insects, mammals, fish and reptiles. Some examples are well known—the 400 species of birds that migrate at night in North America, the sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs—and some are not, such as the bats that save American farmers billions in pest control and the moths that pollinate 80% of the world’s flora. Ecological light pollution is like the bulldozer of the night, wrecking habitat and disrupting ecosystems several billion years in the making. Simply put, without darkness, Earth’s ecology would collapse....
In today’s crowded, louder, more fast-paced world, night’s darkness can provide solitude, quiet and stillness, qualities increasingly in short supply. Every religious tradition has considered darkness invaluable for a soulful life, and the chance to witness the universe has inspired artists, philosophers and everyday stargazers since time began. In a world awash with electric light...how would Van Gogh have given the world his “Starry Night”? Who knows what this vision of the night sky might inspire in each of us, in our children or grandchildren?
Yet all over the world, our nights are growing brighter. In the United States and Western Europe, the amount of light in the sky increases an average of about 6% every year. Computer images of the United States at night, based on NASA photographs, show that what was a very dark country as recently as the 1950s is now nearly covered with a blanket of light. Much of this light is wasted energy, which means wasted dollars. Those of us over 35 are perhaps among the last generation to have known truly dark nights. Even the northern lake where I was lucky to spend my summers has seen its darkness diminish.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Light pollution is readily within our ability to solve, using new lighting technologies and shielding existing lights. Already, many cities and towns across North America and Europe are changing to LED streetlights, which offer dramatic possibilities for controlling wasted light. Other communities are finding success with simply turning off portions of their public lighting after midnight. Even Paris, the famed “city of light,” which already turns off its monument lighting after 1 a.m., will this summer start to require its shops, offices and public buildings to turn off lights after 2 a.m. Though primarily designed to save energy, such reductions in light will also go far in addressing light pollution. But we will never truly address the problem of light pollution until we become aware of the irreplaceable value and beauty of the darkness we are losing.
Write an essay in which you explain how Paul Bogard builds an argument to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved. In your essay, analyze how Bogard uses one or more of the features in the directions that precede the passage (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage.
Your essay should not explain whether you agree with Bogard’s claims, but rather explain how Bogard builds an argument to persuade his audience.
For this type of prompt you would only be given 50 minutes to complete. However, you will be given a full class period, time at home, time during college prep, and time in class to complete it. Take your time. Read, reread, and read again. Search for the evidence of the bullet points to aid you in your analysis. Take notes!!! Organize your work!!! Read some of the samples. Use details from the text. Be explicitly clear in your writing. Then go back and check your language skills and mechanics.
As you came into the classroom you were given a number. This number reflects your creative writing journal prompt. You are to experience the mood and atmosphere created in the room and translate it into your story. Incorporate sensory imagery, for sight, sound, touch (minimum), and use the suspense techniques we have discussed in class. Tomorrow these will be shared with the class. Be prepared.
Below are five possible approaches a writer might take, given the topic of working while going to school. Provide a possible example of each approach. Write a paragraph for each number using the underlined topic as your main idea. (Consider your personal pronouns. Which ones will make the theme effective. Remain consistent in your paragraph)
1. Personal Story-
2. Effects of working while going to school-
3. How to do something-
We have been taught since childhood that it is wrong to quit. We learn that quitting is impulsive and easy and that we should always endeavor to keep trying, even if it is difficult. But aren't there certain times when quitting is the right thing to do? In those instances, it takes great courage, maturity, and self awareness to acknowledge that the plan we have chosen may need to be changed or that a new plan should be adopted.
Assignment: Is quitting ever a good idea? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
10th: She remembered wishing, on one particular morning when Father mixed lead white with the smallest dot of lead-tin yellow for the goose quill in a painting of Mother writing a letter, that she might...
9th: He took out his books one at a time, started to stack them in order by color and size. The library silence was a comfort as he...
A noun is word that names a person, a place, thing, or idea. A common noun refers to any one of a certain kind of a person, a place, thing, or idea. A proper noun names a specific person, a place, or thing.
Part A: Write the sentences below. (remember formatting PRINT & PENCIL) Identify the nouns in each sentence and label (INK) whether they are common or nouns or Proper nouns. (format--) Rewrite the following sentences in cursive and ink.
1. Morris kept the withered paw of a monkey in his pocket.
2. Mr. White believes the legend and wishes for money.
3. When Herbert is killed at his job, his parents receive money from his employers.
4. Mrs. White tries to bring Herbert back to life using magic.
Part B: Write (pencil) the sentences below. Underline (ink) the common nouns in the following sentences. Then, substitute a proper noun (label- ink) if possible to make the sentence more precise.
9th Grade: (Can Truth Change): I sat in my room on the concrete floor believing everything the facility told me. But I knew...
10th Grade: (Reality vs. Truth): Everything around me had changed. There were certain things that had to be done. I just didn't know if...
Write the following sentence and correct the spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
1. after visiting the museum our class wauked too the city Park so he could spend an our in the fresh heir?
2. Next time I hope that we spend the hole day at the park
3. i especially enjoyed watching a duck with a trane of ducklins in tow swam in the pond.
4. i never would known there could be so much in 1 park.
1. scientist__________________ thorax____________________
2. insect ___________________ identification _______________
3. scent____________________ laboratory__________________
4. swamp __________________ grocer ____________________
5. abdomen_________________ botanist ___________________
Write the flawed sentences. Correct the spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
1. Jeffrey waked up at fiv-thirty in the morning to watch the son rise and to paint the view?
2. He thougt that there will be something peaceful about early morning!
3. he needed to use her time wisely, because in a few ours there was people out walkin and cars startin to move?
4. He noticed that the yellow, and orange from the sun is lined with pink hues.
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