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33 Ideas for Exemplification Essay Topics

TOEFL iBT Independent Writing
Sample Essay 1.

Some people like to eat in restaurants and at foodstands, others like
to eat at home. Which do you prefer? Give reasons and examples to
support your choice.

       Eating out can be a very pleasurable
experience. Having dinner with a friend, eating a romantic meal while
on a date or celebrating some special event with a party at a
restaurant are all things we enjoy doing. Even so, there are few people
who eat out all the time and eating at home has many points in its
favor. It is cheaper to eat at home. It is healthier to eat at home and
it is usually much more comfortable. For me, there is no doubt that I
prefer eating at home.

Firstly, eating at home is much less expensive than eating in a
restaurant. Obviously, when we eat at home we do the preparation,
cooking and serving of the food ourselves and, therefore, do not need
to pay the labor costs of cook, waiter and other restaurant staff.
Similarly, we have no other overheads to pay for such as restaurant
rent and high utility bills. A further cost saving is that we shop
for the ingredients of our home-cooked meals ourselves and can choose
those which are cheaper in price.

Secondly, eating at home is much better for our health and general
wellbeing than dining outside. At home, when cooking for ourselves, we
can ensure that what goes into our meals is not bad for us. We can
control the amount of oil we use. We can control the amount of salt we
use and we can balance our diet to suit our own individual needs. When
we eat at a restaurant, none of these things are possible. At home we
can also cook just enough food to satisfy us. In a restaurant we are
often given too much or too little food on our plate.

Finally, eating at home is much more comfortable than having dinner or
lunch in a public place. At home, we can be more relaxed than in a
restaurant. We can wear comfortable, casual clothes; even pyjamas. We
can sit in a comfortable position on our favorite chair, on the sofa or
on the floor. If we wish, we can watch TV or a video, or listen to a
radio program. None of these can be done at a restaurant. Furthermore,
at home we do not have to worry about disturbing other diners and can
talk and laugh as loudly as we want without fear of upsetting people
sitting nearby us.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that for reasons of comfort, cost and
health, eating at home is preferable to eating in a restaurant or at a
foodstand. Although I enjoy eating out now and again and usually do so
about once a week, it is not something I could do every day. Sitting in
my comfortable clothes, in front of the TV and with a good, home-cooked
meal in front of me, I am happy and that is why I like eating at home
more than eating at a foodstand or in restaurant. (492 words)

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Classification Paragraph, Essay, Speech, or Character Study: 50 Topics


Classification Paragraph, Essay, Speech, or Character Study: 50 Topics

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Richard Nordquist
Updated April 19, 2018

While classification has been used…as a method for organizing essays and paragraphs , classification and other traditional  methods of organization [also] have come to be used as tools of invention , of systematically exploring subjects in order to develop ideas for an essay.
(David Sabrio in the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition, 1996)

Many subjects can be explored through classification : that is, identifying and illustrating different types, varieties, and methods.

Classification pieces can become essays or articles in themselves, or they can also be useful as prewriting exercises for something longer, such as exploring a character that you are developing for a fiction piece.

Prewriting: Brainstorming

Making stream-of-consciousness lists can be a useful way to explore a topic. Don’t let yourself pause for a few minutes, just write down whatever comes into your head about the topic. Don’t censor yourself, either, as tangents may come in handy as surprising details to include or lead you down a path to a discovery that you may not have found otherwise. 

If you prefer visuals, use the mind map method where you write the topic in the middle of the page and connect concepts to it and whatever else you write down, radiating outward.

These types of prewriting exercises get your brain working on the topic so you have less to fear from that empty white page, and the prewriting can be a resource to mine at times when you might feel stuck for a direction.

Having a “scraps” document can also help you store paragraphs or turns of phrase that you like but don’t really fit—it feels better to relocate them rather than just delete them—when you realize that getting them out of your draft file actually helps you move forward with the piece overall. 

50 Topic Suggestions: Classification

These 50  topic  suggestions should help you discover a subject that particularly interests you.

If 50 isn’t enough, try ” 400 Writing Topics .”

  1. Students in a library 
  2. Roommates
  3. Hobbies
  4. Music on your phone or MP3 player
  5. Study habits
  6. Stand-up comedians
  7. Self-centered people
  8. Online educational resources
  9. Gardeners
  10. Drivers in a traffic jam
  11. Reality shows on television
  12. Sales clerks
  13. Fictional detectives
  14. Road trips
  15. Dancing styles
  16. Video games
  17. Customers at your workplace
  18. Ways of boring people
  19. Cheaters
  20. Shoppers
  21. Rides at an amusement park
  22. First dates
  23. Videos on YouTube
  24. Stores in the mall
  25. People waiting in line
  26. Churchgoers
  27. Attitudes toward exercising
  28. Reasons for attending (or not attending) college
  29. Baseball pitchers, football quarterbacks, or soccer goalies
  30. Styles of eating in the cafeteria
  31. Ways of saving money
  32. Talk-show hosts
  33. Vacations
  34. Methods of studying for a final examination
  35. Friends
  36. Comedians
  37. Ways of quitting smoking
  38. Attitudes toward money
  39. Television comedies
  40. Diets
  41. Sports fans
  42. On-campus jobs for students
  43. Ways of coping with a cold
  44. Note-taking strategies
  45. Attitudes toward tipping in restaurants
  46. Political activists
  47. Portable music players
  48. Different uses of social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter)
  49. High school teachers or college professors
  50. Ways of protecting the environment

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