31. It has recently been announced that a new high school may be built in your
neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details in
I oppose having a new high school built in my neighborhood. Although I know there’s a real
need for a new facility, I have to say that I don’t want one built so close to me. I think it would
cause a lot of problems.
First of all, there are very few teenagers in this neighborhood, or in our suburban subdivision,
for that matter. Most of the residents here are either retired or are just starting out with young
children. This means that the kids coming to the new high school wouldn’t be walking. They
would come on buses or would be driving to the school. Either way, this would mean a lot more
traffic on our streets.
In addition to the traffic on school days, there also would be traffic whenever there was a
sporting event, such as a basketball or football game, or activities at the school. Would there be
enough parking in the school lot for everyone attending those events?
Consequently, those extra cars would end up our neighborhood.
My neighbors and I would also be upset about the loss of the park, which is the site that’s
been selected for the high school. Mothers with young children gather there every morning for
their kids to play together. People my age like to take a walk after dinner. On weekends, that park
is a place for picnic and relaxation. We’d be sorry to lose our neighborhood park.
I also have some concerns about all those young people being in our neighborhood. Would
there be problems with drugs or fights? Could the school district guarantee us that security would
be a priority? These are concerns that I don't think can be addressed sufficiently for me to support
a new high school in my neighborhood.
32 Some people spend their entire lives in one place. Others move a number of times
throughout their lives, looking for a better job, house, community, or even climate. Which do
you prefer: saying in one place or moving in search of another place? Use reasons and
specific examples to support your opinion.
Even though I have lived in the same house, in the same neighborhood, in the same city my
entire life. I know I would be happy living in a variety of place. Moving would expose me to new
people, new weather, and new housing.
Even if I were to move to another part of my city, I would encounter new people. Each
neighborhood has a distinct personality. When I move to that neighborhood, I would meet the
shopkeepers and residents that shape that personality. I may even adopt part of there manner as my
own so I could be recognized as part of that community.
If I want to encounter different weather patterns, I would have to move beyond my city.