The danger of a single story

The danger of a single story

Especially as test time approaches, students need to be thinking about writing. This talk by young and celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a writing prompt for potential Norlin Scholars at University of Colorado-Boulder. Watch it because a) it's good! and b) it gives a sense of the wide variety of essay topics you may encounter. 
 
Adichie's bio, from her site:  

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is from Abba, in Anambra State, but grew up in the university town of Nsukka where she attended primary and secondary schools and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale.

Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also short-listed for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and long-listed for the Booker Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in GrantaProspect, and The Iowa Review among other literary journals, and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught Introductory Fiction. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html