Topics | Society | Introduction
| Definitions | Pro-choice | Pro-life | Internet | Questions
Here are a few questions you might want to read, think,
talk, or write about as you explore the resources on this topic:
- Concept Safari: Search the web for
the following concepts. Use the search technique described in the
University of Illinois Grammar
Safari page to find uses. Find example pages, print them out,
and be prepared to share with the class. Be sure to save the exact URL
of each example you collect.
- Vocabulary Safari:
- Locate 6 examples of the word
by using the search techniques described on the Grammar Safari page.
Try to locate 3 examples from web pages related to the issue of
abortion and 3 from pages related to other topics. Copy the examples to
a word processing file to save for later.
- Paraphrase the example
- Write 2 sentences using each
- List and practice: write
these words on a small index card. Keep it with you and use each word
at least twice a day for the next 5 days.
- Both Sides: write or prepare for
oral presentation a brief summary of the arguments for issues of
abortion. Support your explanation with references to online resources.
You might want to use one or more of the following questions as a basis
for you presentation:
- What are the main points of the argument against
- What are the main points of the argument for
- Why do opponents of legalized abortion call
themselves "pro-life" while supporters of legalized
abortion call themselves "pro-choice"?
- Role-play: With another student,
prepare and present to the class a role-play in which one student is a
woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and the other is a friend whom
she goes to for advice.
- Essay: choose one of the questions
below and write a one- or two-page typed essay which answers it. Use at
least two or three references to internet resources, and be sure to
cite them correctly (check our guide
to citations if you need help):
- Classification essay: When
people discuss abortion they often mean different things. Write an
essay explaining the different kinds of procedure (including drugs)
that have been called 'abortion.'
- Comparison essay: What are the
areas of agreement and disagreement between those who would describe
themselves ad 'pro-life' and those who are 'pro-choice'? Is there any
area for possible compromise or agreement between the two sides?
- Argumentative essay: Where do
you stand on the subject of abortion. Explain your point of view,
including both those areas in which you are certain of your opinion,
and those areas in which you are less sure.
- Website analysis: Choose a website
from among the links on this page, or find another on the topic. Write
a short paper or prepare an oral presentation answering the following
- What is the site's purpose?
- What is the intended audience of the site?
- Is the site's information up-to-date; how can you
- Is the site's information reliable; how can you
- For what kind of writing would this website be an
- Poster project: Research the
history of the law regarding birth control and abortion in the United
States or in another country. Present the history to the class in an
oral report, using a poster to illustrate important dates; you may want
to use a timeline.
- Your links: Find one or two sites
which people who have used this page might want to explore. Note the
URLs and write a brief description of why people would like to visit