Topic #146: Think of a new holiday.
Notes from Class: Raise your score to a 4.0
Note: Some students have
a hard time learning how to write a basic essay. Most
of the notes from this class show how to raise our
essay scores from a 2.0 to a 4.0.
What is the point of the topic?
Essentially, this topic asks us to think of something
that has been overlooked (ignored) by people in our
We were able to come up several good ideas for new
holidays. Here are the best ones (the ones that are
easiest to write about but are also interesting) from
- Reading Day
- Flower Day
- Plant Day
- Grandmother's Day
- Pet Day
The Best Topic: Walking Day
Nuch came up with this idea. This is a great idea
because we can talk about several important things:
First, people need to exercise more in their lives
and walking is a good way to do this.
Second, by walking instead of driving or using public
transportation, people can reduce pollution and thereby
protect the environment.
Finally, by walking, people are deliberately slowing
down their lives. This is a good way to reduce stress
and learn to think about our lives.
If you would like to write on another topic, I think
"reading day" is the second best choice.
For this kind of topic we can write three topics
sentences and then make those sentences into paragraphs.
This is what we did in class:
- First, walking is good exercise.
- Second, by walking, we can reduce pollution
and thereby protect the environment.
- Third, by walking, people can slow down the
pace of their lives.
- Finally, we could celebrate this holiday by
encouraging people to walk instead of driving
or taking the bus for at least one trip during
Here, we essentially have the outline for our essay.
The next step is to add some more sentences to complete
the essay. Here's an example of how would could do
TestMagic Estimated Score:
Most countries already have many holidays. In my
country, Taiwan, we have nineteen official holidays.
However, I believe that my new holiday, "Walking
Day" would be very beneficial and should be
added to the nineteen holidays Taiwan already has.
In this essay, I will outline the three main reasons
why "Walking Day" would be a very good
First, walking is good exercise.
As we all know, people all over the world
are becoming busier and busier. They are studying
more and more so that they can have better jobs.
When they work, they are working more and more.
As a result, people have less time for other important
things in their lives, including exercise. We can
read reports in the newspapers everyday about people
who have worse health and complain about poor health
condition. Many of these problems could be reduced
by exercising more and walking is one of the best
and simplest exercises for people.
Second, by walking, we can
reduce pollution and thereby protect the environment.
As technology improves all over the world and people
have more and more money, they are starting to use
this money to buy automobiles. As a result, people
are using public transportation less and less. Driving
one's own car every day has had a very large impact
on the environment as a result of the pollution
created by gas burning automobiles. Walking is the
perfect way to reduce pollution since there are
so many other benefits as well.
Finally, by walking, people
can slow down the pace of their lives. Perhaps
this is one of the greatest benefits of walking
more. Life at the beginning of the new millennium
is stressful--people are competing with each other
for better jobs, countries and companies are competing
with each other for business. Many people start
to forget about the importance of slowing down in
their lives, of simply enjoying the moment. People
need to contemplate life more. Walking is a perfect
opportunity to slow down, think about life, and
simply enjoy the big, beautiful world that we live
Finally, we could celebrate
this holiday by encouraging people to walk instead
of driving or taking the bus for at least one trip
during the day. I believe that people could
find at least one trip during the day that they
could make on foot instead of some other form of
transportation. For example, if people usually drive
to a large supermarket to buy food, perhaps they
could walk to a closer, smaller market to buy only
a few things. I believe that while people were walking,
they would be able to enjoy the exercise and the
fresh air and would be able to think calmly and
In short, if I had to create a new holiday, I would
create "Walking Day" because of the many
simple benefits it could provide us.