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ACT Essay Prompt

Explore the role of creativity in the life of individual people.

Perspective 1

Creativity is overrated. Creative ideas usually defy traditions or history. Great ideas built upon proven ideas.

Perspective 2

Creativity is essential because modern world is changing rapidly.

Perspective 3

There is no set definition of creativity, so people don’t need learn it. Instead, people should learn abilities that are accurately measured.

 


ACT Essay Prompt

Laws sometimes are harmful and unfair, so should people break the law?

Perspective 1:

People should follow laws because doing so maintains order and avoids chaos.

Perspective 2:

People should break the law in order to make it more fair to people.

Perspective 3:

Breaking laws will bring lots of personal cost. There are more productive ways to improve the law. It is better to change laws through protesting and dissemination.

 



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ACT Essay Prompt

Our minds become sharper with mental challenges, too much challenges will create unhealthy pressure. the challenges we choose to take—a project, an opportunity—will boot us to a new level of achievements or lead to failure. when should we seek challenges? or when should we avoid challenges? it is worth considering when we set a goal or have a new opportunity in our lives.

Perspective 1:

Life presents us enough challenges. so too much challenges will bring us stress and unhappiness.

Perspective 2:

Challenges will lead us to realize our life potential goals. it is our opportunities to push our limits.

Perspective 3:

Wisdom lies in the discovering the difference between self challenges benefit us and those they do not.


ACT Essay Prompt 2015 December

Essay Prompt:

Researchers claim that it takes 10,000 hours of practicing to truly master a complex skill. That’s the equivalent of practicing something-a musical instrument,a second language, a sport-for eight hours a day, everyday, for three and a half years. Given the required level of commitment and effort, it is worth considering the value of mastering a complex skill.

Perspective One:

Dedication to a goal gives purpose and order to life. The determination and persistence required shape us into strong people and are rewards in themselves.

Perspective Two:

Mastering a skill may be worth effort for someone,but most people need variety and fun in their lives. It’s important to be a well-rounded and relaxed person.

Perspective Three:

Find something you are good at and stick with it. By default, you will achieve mastery. It will not require special character and effort.


ACT Essay Prompt 2015-2016

Public Health and Individual Freedom

Most people want to be healthy, and most people want as much freedom as possible to do the things they want. Unfortunately, these two desires sometimes con ict. For example, smoking is prohibited from most public places, which restricts the freedom of some individuals for the sake of the health of others. Likewise, car emissions are regulated in many areas in order to reduce pollution and its health risks to others, which in turn restricts some people’s freedom to drive the vehicles they want. In a society that values both health and freedom, how do we best balance the two? How should we think about con icts between public health and individual freedom?

Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of thinking about the conflict between public health and individual freedom.

Perspective One

Our society should strive to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people. When the freedom of the individual interferes with that principle, freedom must be restricted.

Perspective Two

Nothing in society is more valuable than freedom. Perhaps physical health is sometimes improved by restricting freedom, but the cost to the health of our free society is far too great to justify it.

Perspective Three

The right to avoid health risks is a freedom,
too. When we allow individual behavior to endanger others, we’ve damaged both freedom and health.


ACT Essay Prompt 2014-2015

Rather than concentrating on doing one thing at a time, high school students often divide their attention among several activities, such as watching television and using the computer while doing homework. Educators debate whether performing several tasks at the same time is too distracting when students are doing homework. Some educators believe multitasking is a bad practice when doing homework because they think dividing attention between multiple tasks negatively affects the quality of students’ work. Other educators do not believe multitasking is a bad practice when doing homework because they think students accomplish more during their limited free time as a result of multitasking. In your opinion, is it too distracting for high school students to divide their attention among several activities when they are doing homework? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position


ACT Essay Prompt 2008-2009

Many high school libraries use some of their limited funding to subscribe to popular magazines with articles that are interesting to students. Despite limited funding, some educators support this practice because they think having these magazines available encourages students to read. Other educators think school libraries should not use limited funds to subscribe to these magazines because they may not be related to academic subjects. In your opinion, should high school libraries subscribe to popular magazines? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


ACT Essay Prompt 2011-2012

At some high schools, teachers have considered allowing each student to choose the books he or she will read for English class rather than requiring all students in class to read the same books. Some teachers support such a policy because they think students will greatly improve their reading skills if they read books they find interesting. Other teachers do not support such a policy because they think that students will learn more by participating in class discussion with others who have read the same books. In your opinion, should each individual student be allowed to choose the books he or she reads for English class? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


ACT Essay Prompt 2005-2006

In some high schools, many teachers and parents have encouraged the school to adopt a dress code that sets guidelines for what students can wear in the school building. Some teachers and parents support a dress code because they think it will improve the learning environment in the school. Other teachers and parents do not support a dress code because they think it restricts the individual student’s freedom of expression. In your opinion, should high schools adopt dress codes for students? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


ACT Essay Prompt (ACT.org): Intelligent Machines (Download this Prompt)

Many of the goods and services we depend on daily are now supplied by intelligent, automated machines rather than human beings. Robots build cars and other goods on assembly lines, where once there were human workers. Many of our phone conversations are now conducted not with people but with sophisticated technologies. We can now buy goods at a variety of stores without the help of a human cashier. Automation is generally seen as a sign of progress, but what is lost when we replace humans with machines? Given the accelerating variety and prevalence of intelligent machines, it is worth examining the implications and meaning of their presence in our lives.

 

Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of thinking about the increasing presence of intelligent machines.

 

Perspective One
What we lose with the replacement of people by machines is some part of our own humanity. Even our mundane daily encounters no longer require from us basic courtesy, respect, and tolerance for other people

 

Perspective Two
Machines are good at low-skill, repetitive jobs, and at high-speed, extremely precise jobs. In both cases they work better than humans. This efficiency leads to a more prosperous and progressive world for everyone.

 

Perspective Three
Intelligent machines challenge our long-standing ideas about what humans are or can be. This is good because it pushes both humans and machines toward new, unimagined possibilities.

 

Essay Task

Write a unified, coherent essay about the increasing presence of intelligent machines. In your essay, be sure to: • clearly state your own perspective on the issue and analyze the relationship between your perspective and at least one other perspective • develop and support your ideas with reasoning and examples • organize your ideas clearly and logically • communicate your ideas effectively in standard written English Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of those given, in partial agreement, or completely different.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 1

Foreign-language instruction is declining in public high schools in the United States. Some people think this reflects the rise of English as the accepted language of commerce around the world, and that knowledge of foreign languages is of lessening importance. Other people see the reduction in language study as a sign of the United States’ failure to integrate with the rest of the world and a threat to the nation’s vitality in an increasingly cross-cultural marketplace. In your opinion, should greater support be given to foreign language programs in high schools in the United States? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 2

Some high schools ban students from driving to and from school if they live in an area with bus service. Administrators think this will reduce morning and afternoon traffic accidents and congestions as well as alleviate morning tardiness. Opponents say that a student with a driver’s license should have the same right to drive to school as do faculty and staff with licenses. Some students say that while they are technically inside the boundary for bus service, walking to and from the bus stop every day is a major inconvenience. In your opinion, should high schools ban students’ commuting to reduce traffic and tardiness problems? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 3

Some high schools require students and staff to wear name badges any time they are on school property. Some people feel this is an effective measure to take against unauthorized school visitors. Opponents say that so many students will refuse to wear the badge or simply leave it at home that identifying unwanted visitors will be made no easier. In your opinion, should schools mandate that all students and staff wear a name badge to aid in identifying unaffiliated visitors? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 4

Many high schools have a police liaison officer who works full-time with the student body and the administration to combat drugs, violence, and other criminal issues within the school buildings. Supporters of the liaison program feel that the officers are beneficial as an active crime deterrent and first response to incidents within the schools. Opponents say a single officer in each building cannot effectively manage crime in the schools and that police resources are better spent in neighborhoods with more pressing needs. In your opinion, should a police liaison officer be assigned to every public high school? In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 5

Presently in the United States, it is illegal to intentionally disrupt many kinds of radio transmissions, including those for cellular telephone service. Organizations such as places of worship, public schools, and movie theaters, are calling for exceptions to be made to the law in cases where placing and receiving telephone calls has proven annoying to others. However, some people argue that they are entitled to the cellular service they pay for no matter where they may be, that telephone courtesy should remain a personal responsibility, and that cellular users rely on uninterrupted service in case of emergencies at work or at home. In your opinion, should cellular signal disruptors be allowed in places where phone calls are perceived as annoying? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 6

In some school districts, policy makers are expanding the radius around the school that does not receive bus service. As a result, more students must walk, bicycle, or seek alternative transportation to and from school every day. People who support the measure feel that it is a practical solution to alleviate pressure on school budgets, and, coincidentally, encourage more exercise. Opponents say transportation costs will simply be forced upon the students who no longer receive bus transportation, since they will most likely begin driving personal vehicles to school or receiving rides from others. In your opinion, should school districts limit bus service either to save costs or to promote exercise? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 7

Some high schools in the United States have installed security cameras in various locations throughout the school, including the classrooms. Some educators and parents think that student behavior must be constantly monitored in order to ensure the safety of both teachers and students. Others think that security cameras can create distractions during class and even promote bad behavior in some students. In your opinion, should high schools install security cameras in the classroom? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 8

Some public high schools have started to offer single-sex education, meaning that boys and girls are taught separately in classes such as chemistry and mathematics. Those in favor believe that, as long as the educational opportunities are equal, separation of the sexes is the best method because there are fewer distractions. They argue that, in separated classes, students are less likely to act out gender stereotypes. Those opposed reply that separate is never equal. They believe that single-sex education is a recipe for gender discrimination. In your opinion, should public high schools offer single-sex education? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 9

Some educators have recently banned students from exhibiting visible piercings and tattoos on high school property. They feel that body art, as it is called, distracts student attention from the main purpose of high school, which is education. Tattoos and piercings, they argue, can create an atmosphere of intimidation. Others feel that body art, like other art, should be protected under the law as freedom of expression. They argue that students should be allowed to exhibit visible piercings and tattoos on school property as long as the work is not obscene. In your opinion, should students be banned from exhibiting visible piercings and tattoos on school property? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


Mc-Graw Hill ACT Prompt 10

Some high schools in the United States have a policy of random searches of student lockers for illegal items such as drugs and weapons. Some faculty and staff believe that the searches are necessary in order to protect student safety. Other teachers and administrators believe that the searches infringe on students’ privacy and that searches should only be conducted when there is a reason to suspect that an individual student may have something illegal in his or her locker. In your opinion, should high schools conduct random searches of student lockers to search for illegal items? In your essay, take a position on this question.You may write about one of the points of view mentioned above, or you may give another point of view on this issue. Use specific examples and reasons for your position.