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- List three significant events that have happened in your life (these should be things that have changed you in one way or another).
- Write a sentence or two about why you feel each event is important to you.
- Write a sentence or two describing why you feel each event could be important to your readers.
- After writing your sentences, decide which of these topics interests you enough to write your essay about and interest your readers enough to read about.
- Write a paragraph or two based on the event you've chosen. Try to identify who was there, what they were doing, and what they were saying at the time of the event.

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First: brainstorm topics. You have the broad idea assigned, which is "significant events." Significant means that you will need to be able to extract some meaningful dialog regarding the events you choose. For example, perhaps you learned some lessons from the event, or realized something important, or had some other epiphany of thought - it should be meaningful. I like to think about topics that indicate some sort of learning for me, such as my most embarrassing moment, or an event that occurred that taught me a painful (perhaps) but powerful lesson about myself, or about life.

My three events would include: my grandmother's death, the day my husband decided he wanted a second wife and the day I decided to sell all my belongings and accept a job living and working (teaching) overseas. You might choose your wedding day, or the occasion of the birth of a child (usually a life-altering event!) or perhaps the day someone close to you (even your beloved pet) passed away. Any significant event would qualify as one of your three.

Then, you need to jot down a sentence explaining succinctly why this event was a significant one: did you learn something important, realize a truth about yourself, ...

Solution Summary

The assignment is to explore ideas that might make a relevant essay topic. This is accomplished by responding to a number of questions designed to generate various ideas, and develop them into potential meaningful topics for essays. Sample responses to compare.