Poverty and Children in the United States. ( 1,750 to 2,450 words in length.)
Discuss the effect of a current social problem on a particular social group. Poverty, of course, would be the social problem while American children would be the social group. While taking sociology in college, I was asked to write a thesis on a very similar topic. One of the first questions I ask myself when being faced with a question like the one you have posed, is this: Are there cultural reasons which lead to certain socioeconomic issues? And yes, there are in many situations. What is considered the "norm" within some societies is considered abnormal or "taboo" in others. While writing a thesis on this topic, I would look at what group the largest number of poverty stricken children belong to in this country. Are they considered to be living in poverty out of cultural adherence? For example: While growing up I was considered to be a child in poverty. I am registered Native Cherokee and grew up living off the land. My neighborhood found it "taboo" to have all the seemingly unnecessary luxuries of televisions, new clothing, toys, electronics, and even running water or electricity. By societal standards, I was considered poverty stricken, however, this was out of cultural adherence, or choice. Not everyone "living in poverty" is struggling to change because their own personal culture sees nothing wrong with living humbly. We are all of different ethnic backgrounds, and with ethnic differences comes differentiating cultural norms. Please be certain to understand the differences between race and ethnicity when writing about this topic. I would research the definition of poverty in the United States, then compare and contrast "true" unwanted poverty with the cultural choices made by many groups. You may be surprised to see that there are many groups (children involved) who choose to live by certain "sub-standards" as considered by many, due to their own personal cultural norms.
I hope this helps give you some ideas, while helping you see this topic both objectively and without bias!