Title: "Neat People Vs. Sloppy People"
Author: Suzanne Britt
In this essay, Britt uses both lighthearted and satiric humor to show that the difference between neat and sloppy people is, at its core, a moral issue. She deftly defies the conventional belief that being neat is the more desireable of the two opposing traits; showing why sloppiness is the more humane way to behave.
Students could defend what they see as a common misunderstanding about two opposing traits, or misunderstanding about anything in general--some sort of public perception about music, a public figure, or even their own behavior. In this activity, they would learn about bias and the impact it can have on an audience, using detail and examples to illustrate ideas, and creating a theme that would control the idea of their essay.