My students are always engaged in discussions pertaining to culture, in particular to "nature vs. nurture." This prompt involves students evaluating the impact of particular "parenting styles" on a child's development. This synthesis writing prompt is based on Chapter 5 of _Freakonomics_, "What Makes a Perfect Parent?". If you already teach this book, or have access to this text, this would be a great supplement!
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