writing a essayurgent!! any ideas on an essay topic : live the dream? if anyone has inspiration you could also write your essay down... thanks

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sboeman | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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For some reason, your #2 stood out to me-it was simple, and it may be easier for you to relate to the character since you might be of similar age.

If you choose this one, now simply follow the plot structure: establish the setting and main characters, then introduce a conflict: is it going to be one other boy in particular, a coach, a parent, etc. that tries to stop him from achieving his goal?

Next, spend some time with the "rising action".  Discuss his struggles, setbacks, etc. on his way to, perhaps, "the big race" where he might defeat his enemy for a climactic scene, for example.

Finally, wrap up the story nicely-how do you want the audience to feel at the end of the story?  Inspired?  Motivated?  Also, try to keep your main character likeable, but not quite perfect.

Sounds like a good writing assignment.  Good luck!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You can also explain the purpose of living one's dreams by exploring the contrary.  Why not refer to Langston Hughes's poem "Dream Deferred" and point to what happens when one does not live one's dreams, thus making an argument for living one. 

Search through magazines such as People or Reader's Digest that have human interest stories and find examples.  It is always great to exemplify with stories that illustrate your points.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I would maybe focus on a person who has overcome the odds. Maybe you could pick someone who has been an inspiration to you, like a sports or music star. Or, maybe there is a person is your life that is very close to you that has triumphed in life.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Since the parameters seem so broad, I'm wondering if you can't write about what your own dream is (assuming you have one) and how you intend to work it out as you live your life.  It's your story, so you can't go wrong.

I'm also wondering if you know of anyone who is here in America, someone who may not have begun life here, doing just what your essay says--living the dream.  How about someone who has recently become a citizen?  These are the kinds of people who truly do see America and their being here as living out a dream.

Have fun writing!

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Is this supposed to be a personal essay or an essay about someone else?  It would be very easy to turn this into a biography about someone who did just that.  I encourage you to think about sports stars, scientists, CEO's of major corporations, etc.  "Live the dream" to me sounds like it could be a "Rags to Riches" type essay - or else just about someone who grew up to do exactly what they wanted to do in life.

As a student, I'm not sure that you personally have such a story (yet), but maybe you know someone who does.

My best advice is to write about something real rather than relying on hypotheticals.

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lingli | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

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i can write about anyone as it is a narrative story. May it be fictitious or not.

i have 3 stories but not sure which one i should write.

1st story: this banker got tired of his busy life and so decided to quit and pursue his dream.

2nd story: this overweight boy, despite being mocked by many classmates, he pursued his dream- a professional runner.

3rd story: this woman who lost her husband and her children in a car accident, she was lwft with many debts of her husband's company. Being a housewife all her life, she had no experience in working, she became a cleaner. After clearing her debts, she was left with a sum of money for her own use. She decided to use this money to live her dream-setting up a social firm for women who needed help in their lives.

If anyone got a better outline plot please help me by posting it here.

thanks

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kathlit | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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James Dean once said, "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

There have been many interpretations of this quotation since his death, but a good place to start is interpreting this quotation for personal meaning.

If you knew you would life forever, what goals would you set to acheive? If some one told you that your dreams would be cut short, you only had today to fulfill a specific dream, what would be high on your priority list?

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