Does it Matter “Where You Are?” Persuasive, Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #64


Consider the following quote:

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”     ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

What do you think Holmes meant when he wrote this?

Do you agree with him or disagree?

Make a “T” chart labeling one side agree and the other disagree.


Jot down ideas supporting each viewpoint in the appropriate column.

Look over your notes and decide which position you want to take.

Highlight the key points you wish to use in your essay and number them in the order in which you wish to use them.



Write an essay explaining whether or not you agree or disagree with Holmes’ quote, and explain why. When finished read it over and edit or revise as necessary.


Read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share as a comment here on the blog. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of each person’s arguments. As a group, brainstorm ways to make each person’s essay stronger.