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By Michael Gonchar
- March 1, 2017
Note: We have 300 new argumentative writing prompts to add to this list.
Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.
This list of 401 prompts ( available here in PDF ) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest .
So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration , guns , climate change and race , please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge .
What’s your favorite question on this list? What questions should we ask, but haven’t yet? Tell us in the comments.
And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing .
Social Media and Smartphones
1. Does Technology Make Us More Alone? 2. Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic? 3. Will Social Media Help or Hurt Your College and Career Goals? 4. Would You Consider Deleting Your Facebook Account? 5. Does Facebook Need a ‘Dislike’ Button? 6. Has Facebook Lost Its Edge? 7. Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired? 8. Would You Be Willing to Pay for Facebook or Google in Exchange for Your Privacy? 9. Are Anonymous Social Media Networks Dangerous? 10. Should People Be Allowed to Obscure Their Identities Online? 11. Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control? 12. Is Snapchat a Revolutionary Form of Social Media? 13. Do Apps Help You or Just Waste Your Time? 14. Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smartphones Playing ‘Stupid Games’? 15. Is Pokémon Go a Positive Cultural Force? Or Is it Just Another Excuse for People to Stare at Their Phones? 16. Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful to Be Meaningful? 17. Do You Worry We Are Filming Too Much? 18. How Many Text Messages Are Too Many? 19. Does Punctuation in Text Messages Matter? 20. Can a GIF Work Better Than Words?
Technology in Schools and the Future
21. Are the Web Filters at Your School Too Restrictive? 22. Does Technology in the Classroom Ever Get in the Way of Learning? 23. Should Tablet Computers Become the Primary Way Students Learn in Class? 24. Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools? 25. Should There Be More Educational Video Games in School? 26. Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face Learning? 27. How Would You Feel About a Computer Grading Your Essays? 28. Do Machines Represent a Threat to Humans? 29. Are Self-Driving Vehicles the Wave of the Future? 30. Do You Think Recreational Drones Are Safe? 31. What Role Will Robots Play in Our Future? 32. Will Wearable Technology Ever Really Catch On?
33. Do Parents Have Different Hopes and Standards for Their Sons Than for Their Daughters? 34. Is School Designed More for Girls Than Boys? 35. Is Single-Sex Education Still Useful? 36. Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have ‘Perfect’ Bodies? 37. How Much Pressure Do Boys Face to Have the Perfect Body? 38. What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man’? 39. Do We Need to Teach Boys and Men to Be More Emotionally Honest? 40. Is It O.K. for Men and Boys to Comment on Women and Girls on the Street? 41. What Should We Do to Fight Sexual Violence Against Young Women? 42. Why Aren’t There More Girls in Leadership Roles? 43. Do Professional Women Need a ‘Girls’ Lounge’? 44. Why Aren’t More Girls Choosing to Pursue Careers in Math and Science? 45. Why Aren’t More Girls Pursuing Careers in Computing and Tech Fields? 46. Should Women Be Allowed to Fight on the Front Lines Alongside Men? 47. Now That Women Can Serve in All Combat Roles in the U.S. Military, Should They Also Be Required to Register for the Draft? 48. Do Female Athletes Get Short Shrift? 49. Should Sports Be Coed? 50. Do You Believe in Equal Rights for Women and Men? 51. Is It Harder Being a Girl? 52. Do We Need New Ways to Identify Gender and Sexuality? 53. Should Toys Be More Gender-Neutral? 54. Should There Be More Boy Dolls? 55. Should Transgender People Be Allowed to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice? 56. What Rules Should Apply to Transgender Athletes When They Compete? 57. Is It O.K. to Refuse to Serve Same-Sex Couples Based on Religious Beliefs? 58. Are Women Better at Compromising and Collaborating? 59. Do Boys Have Less Intense Friendships Than Girls? 60. Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?
Dating and Sex
61. Should Couples Live Together Before Marriage? 62. Is Dating a Thing of the Past? 63. Is Hookup Culture Leaving Your Generation Unhappy and Unprepared for Love? 64. Could Following These Directions Make You Fall in Love With a Stranger? 65. How Should Children Be Taught About Puberty and Sex? 66. Are Affirmative Consent Rules a Good Idea? 67. Should Birth Control Pills Be Available to Teenage Girls Without a Prescription? 68. Should the Morning-After Pill Be Sold Over the Counter to People Under 17? 69. How Big of a Problem Is Sexting? 70. How Should Educators and Legislators Deal With Minors Who ‘Sext’? 71. How Should Parents Address Internet Pornography?
More on U.S. Schools and Education
- Critiquing Chatbots: Move over, coding. Some schools are asking their students to think critically about rapid advances in artificial intelligence and consider their impact.
- A.P. Course Dispute: After heavy criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and other conservatives, the College Board stripped down much of its new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies.
- Heavy Losses: A new global analysis suggests that children experienced learning deficits during the Covid-19 pandemic that amounted to about one-third of a school year’s worth of knowledge and skills.
- Transgender Youth: Educators are facing new tensions over whether they should tell parents when students change their name, pronouns or gender expression at school .
72. Should High Schools Drop Football Because Too Many Players Are Getting Injured? 73. Should Parents Let Their Children Play Football? 74. If Football Is So Dangerous to Players, Should We Be Watching It? 75. Are Some Youth Sports Too Intense? 76. Should There Be Stricter Rules About How Coaches Treat Their Players? 77. Is Cheerleading a Sport? 78. Should Cheerleading Be an Olympic Sport? 79. Has Baseball Lost Its Cool? 80. Do Sports Teams Have a Responsibility to Hold Players to a Standard for Their Personal Conduct? 81. Should Athletes Who Dope Have to Forfeit Their Titles and Medals? 82. How Big a Deal Is It That an N.B.A. Player Came Out as Gay? 83. Should Women’s Basketball Lower the Rims? 84. Should College Football Players Get Paid? 85. Is ‘Redskins’ an Offensive Name for a Team? 86. Is It Offensive for Sports Teams to Use Native American Names and Mascots? 87. Do Fans Put Too Much Pressure on Their Favorite Professional Athletes? 88. How Much Should Fans Be Allowed to Distract Opposing Teams? 89. Does a Championship Game Always Need to Have a Winner (and a Loser)? 90. Should Sports Betting Be Legal Everywhere? 91. Are Some Extreme Sports Too Extreme? 92. How Young Is Too Young to Climb Mount Everest? 93. Should Colleges Fund Wellness Programs Instead of Sports? 94. Where Should Colleges and Sports Teams Draw the Line in Selling Naming Rights?
TV, Movies and Video Games
95. Does Reality TV Promote Dangerous Stereotypes? 96. Do TV Shows Like ‘16 and Pregnant’ Promote or Discourage Teenage Pregnancy? 97. Does TV Capture the Diversity of America Yet? 98. Is TV Too White? 99. What Makes a Good TV Show Finale? 100. Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies? 101. Does Live Theater Offer Something You Just Can’t Get Watching Movies or TV? 102. What — if Anything — Does the Current Hollywood Film Industry Lack? 103. What Makes a Good Commercial? 104. Why Did a Cheerios Ad Attract So Many Angry Comments Online? 105. Should Video Games Be Considered a Sport? 106. Should Stores Sell Violent Video Games to Minors? 107. Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life? 108. When Should You Feel Guilty for Killing Zombies? 109. Can a Video Game Be a Work of Art? 110. What Game Would You Like to Redesign? 111. How Sexist Is the Gaming World?
Music, Literature and Art
112. What Current Musicians Do You Think Will Stand the Test of Time? 113. What Artists or Bands of Today Are Destined for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 114. What Musician, Actor or Author Should Be a Superstar, but Hasn’t Quite Made It Yet? 115. What Artists Do You Consider ‘Sellouts’? 116. How Much Can an Artist Borrow From Earlier Musicians Before It Becomes Stealing? 117. Who Does Hip-Hop Belong To? 118. What Can You Predict About the Future of the Music Industry? 119. Will Musical Training Make You More Successful? 120. Are Paper Books Better Than E-Books? 121. Does Reading a Book Count More Than Listening to One? 122. To What Writer Would You Award a Prize? 123. Who Are the Characters That Authors Should Be Writing About? 124. Are Shortened Versions of Classic Adult Literature Right for Young Children? 125. Do You Prefer Your Children’s Book Characters Obedient or Contrary? 126. Do We Still Need Libraries? 127. Do We Need More Diverse Superheroes? 128. What Is a Hero? 129. Can Graffiti Ever Be Considered Art? 130. Do We Need Art in Our Lives? 131. Is It Possible to Separate Art From the Artist Who Created It? 132. Should Society Support Artists and Others Pursuing Creative Works? 133. Should Displays of Art Be Welcome in All Public Spaces? 134. Does Pop Culture Deserve Serious Study?
Parenting and Childhood
135. At What Age Should Children Be Allowed to Go Places Without Adult Supervision? 136. How Much Freedom Should Parents Give Their Children? 137. Should Children Be Allowed to Wear Whatever They Want? 138. How Should Parents Discipline Their Kids? 139. When Does Discipline Become Child Abuse? 140. Should Parents Bribe Their Children? 141. Should Parents Make Their Children Clean Their Room? 142. Do We Give Children Too Many Trophies? 143. Is Modern Culture Ruining Childhood? 144. Are Adults Hurting Young Children by Pushing Them to Achieve? 145. How, and by Whom, Should Children Be Taught Appropriate Behavior? 146. Are ‘Dark’ Movies O.K. for Kids? 147. When Does a Halloween Costume Cross the Line? 148. Should Halloween Costumes Portray Only ‘Positive Images’? 149. Are Parents Violating Their Children’s Privacy When They Share Photos and Videos of Them Online? 150. Should Children Be Allowed to Compete on TV? 151. How Young Is Too Young for an iPhone? 152. Should Parents Limit How Much Time Children Spend on Tech Devices? 153. Who Should Be Able to See Students’ Records?
Being a Teenager
154. When Do You Become an Adult? 155. When Should You Be Able to Buy Cigarettes, Drink Alcohol, Vote, Drive and Fight in Wars? 156. When You Are Old Enough to Vote, Will You? 157. If Teenagers Are Such Bad Drivers, Should They Be Allowed to Drive? 158. What Can Older People Learn From Your Generation? 159. Does Your Generation Have Too Much Self-Esteem? 160. Is Your Generation More Self-Centered Than Earlier Generations? 161. Is Your Generation Really ‘Postracial’? 162. Do ‘Shame and Blame’ Work to Change Teenage Behavior? 163. Do ‘Saggy Pants’ Mean Disrespect? 164. Do You Think Teenagers Can Make a Difference in the World? 165. Is Teenage ‘Voluntourism’ Wrong? 166. Is Prom Worth It? 167. Is Prom Just an Excuse to Drink?
168. Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework? 169. Are High School Students Being Worked Too Hard? 170. Does Your Homework Help You Learn? 171. What Are You Really Learning at School? 172. Does Class Size Matter? 173. What Makes a Good Teacher? 174. Should Schools Strive for Racial Diversity Among Teachers? 175. Do We Need a Better Way to Teach Math? 176. Does Gym Help Students Perform Better in All Their Classes? 177. Should Reading and Math Be Taught in Gym Class Too? 178. Should Kindergarten Be More About Play or Literacy? 179. What Are the Best Ways to Learn About History? 180. What Is the Right Amount of Group Work in School? 181. What Do You Think of Grouping Students by Ability in Schools? 182. How Important Is Arts Education? 183. Should Schools Be Teaching, and Evaluating, Social-Emotional Skills Like ‘Grit’? 184. Should Schools Teach Children How to Cook? 185. Do Schools Provide Students With Enough Opportunities to Be Creative? 186. Is Shakespeare Too Hard? 187. Should High Schools Do More to Prepare You for Careers? 188. How Much Does It Matter to You Which High School You Attend? 189. Would You Rather Attend a Public or a Private High School? 190. Are Small Schools More Effective Than Large Schools? 191. Would You Want to Be Home-Schooled? 192. Should Home-Schoolers Be Allowed to Play Public School Sports? 193. Does the Way Your Classroom Is Decorated Affect Your Learning? 194. Should All Children Be Able to Go to Preschool? 195. Should All Students Get Equal Space in a Yearbook? 196. Should School Newspapers Be Subject to Prior Review?
School Rules, Discipline and Bullying
197. Are School Dress Codes a Good Idea? 198. How Does Your School Deal With Students Who Misbehave? 199. What Role Should the Police Have in Schools? 200. What Are the Best Teaching Methods for Getting Students to Behave Well in Class? 201. Should Schools Be Allowed to Use Corporal Punishment? 202. Is Cheating Getting Worse? 203. Should Schools Put Tracking Devices in Students’ ID Cards? 204. Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested? 205. Should Students Be Barred From Taking Cellphones to School? 206. How Big a Problem Is Bullying or Cyberbullying in Your School or Community? 207. How Should Schools Address Bullying? 208. How Should Schools Address Cyberbullying? 209. What Should the Punishment Be for Acts of Cyberbullying? 210. When Do Pranks Cross the Line to Become Bullying? 211. How Should Schools Respond to Hazing Incidents?
Grading and Testing
212. Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers? 213. How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities? 214. How Seriously Should We Take Standardized Tests? 215. Do You Spend Too Much Time Preparing for Standardized Tests? 216. Should Schools Offer Cash Bonuses for Good Test Scores? 217. How Important Are Parent-Teacher Conferences? 218. Should Students Be Present at Parent-Teacher Conferences? 219. How Should Parents Handle a Bad Report Card? 220. Does Your School Hand Out Too Many A’s? 221. Do Girls Get Better Grades Than Boys in Your School? 222. Does Separating Boys and Girls Help Students Perform Better in School? 223. Why Do Boys Lag Behind Girls in Reading? 224. Should Discomfort Excuse Students From Having to Complete an Assignment? 225. Should Schools Give Students ‘Body’ Report Cards?
Time in School
226. Should Schools Cancel Summer Vacation? 227. Do Kids Need Recess? 228. Should the School Day Start Later? 229. Is Your School Day Too Short? 230. Do You Think a Longer School Calendar Is a Good Idea? 231. Should the Dropout Age Be Raised? 232. Should We Rethink How Long Students Spend in High School? 233. Should Students Be Allowed to Skip Senior Year of High School? 234. Should Kids Head to College Early? 235. Class Time + Substitute = Waste? 236. A Short Fall Break, but What Should We Call It?
College and Career
237. Should a College Education be Free? 238. Is College Overrated? 239. How Necessary Is a College Education? 240. Should Colleges Find a Better Way to Admit Students? 241. Should Colleges Use Admissions Criteria Other Than SAT Scores and Grades? 242. Do You Support Affirmative Action in College Admissions? 243. Are Early-Decision Programs Unfair? Should Colleges Do Away With Them? 244. What Criteria Should Be Used in Awarding Scholarships for College? 245. Should Engineers Pay Less for College Than English Majors? 246. Does It Matter Where You Go to College? 247. Do College Rankings Really Matter? 248. What Is the Perfect Number of College Applications to Send? 249. Do Fraternities Promote Misogyny? 250. Should Colleges Ban Fraternities? 251. Is a Sorority a Good Place for a Feminist? 252. Should Colleges Offer Degrees in Sports? 253. What Do You Want More From a Career: Happiness or Wealth? 254. Would You Quit if Your Values Did Not Match Your Employer’s? 255. Should Employers Be Able to Review Job Applicants’ SAT Scores? 256. Do You Worry Colleges or Employers Might Read Your Social Media Posts Someday? 257. Would You Rather Work From Home or in an Office? 258. Is ‘Doing Nothing’ a Good Use of Your Time? 259. Should All High School Students Be Able to Get a Summer Job if They Want One?
Health and Nutrition
260. Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered? 261. Is Drinking and Driving Still a Problem for Teenagers? 262. Should the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Be Raised From 18 to 21? 263. Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned for Teenagers? 264. Is Smoking Still a Problem Among Teenagers? 265. Are Antismoking Ads Effective? 266. Should Marijuana Be Legal? 267. Should Students Be Required to Take Drug Tests? 268. Why Is Binge Drinking So Common Among Young People in the United States? 269. Should Universities Work to Curtail Student Drinking? 270. Should Distracted Driving Be Punished Like Drinking and Driving? 271. Should Texting While Driving Be Illegal in Every State? 272. How Should Schools Handle Unvaccinated Students? 273. Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal in Every State? 274. Should Terminally Ill Patients Be Allowed to Die on Their Own Terms? 275. Is School Lunch Really All That Bad? 276. Do You Think a Healthier School Lunch Program Is a Lost Cause? 277. Should French Fries and Pizza Sauce Count as Vegetables? 278. How Concerned Are You About Where Your Food Comes From? 279. Is It Ethical to Eat Meat? 280. Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? 281. Do You Prefer Your Tacos ‘Authentic’ or ‘Appropriated’? 282. Should Sugary Drinks Be Taxed? 283. Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks? 284. Should Teenagers Think Twice Before Downing Energy Drinks? 285. How Important Is It to Be Attractive in Our Society? 286. Are Models Too Skinny? 287. What Are Your Opinions on Cosmetic Surgery? 288. Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks? 289. Doctored Photos: O.K. or Not? 290. Should You Care About the Health and Safety of Those Making Your Clothing?
Animals and Science
291. Should Farm Animals Have More Legal Protections? 292. Is It Ethical to Genetically Engineer Animals? 293. When Is Animal Testing Justified? 294. Should Certain Animals Have Some of the Same Legal Rights As People? 295. Do Gorillas Belong in Zoos? 296. Is It Unethical for a Zoo to Kill a Healthy Giraffe? 297. Should Circuses Be Animal Free? 298. Should You Go to Jail for Kicking a Cat? 299. Should You Feel Guilty About Killing Spiders, Ants or Other Bugs? 300. Should Emotional Support Animals Be Allowed on College Campuses? 301. How Concerned Are You About Climate Change? 302. How Should Nations and Individuals Address Climate Change? 303. If You Were President, What Would You Do About Climate Change? 304. Should Developers Be Allowed to Build in and Near the Grand Canyon? 305. Should Scientists Try to Help People Beat Old Age So We Can Live Longer Lives? 306. Given Unlimited Resources, What Scientific or Medical Problem Would You Investigate? 307. When Is It O.K. to Replace Human Limbs With Technology? 308. Should Fertilized Eggs Be Given Legal ‘Personhood’? 309. How Do You Think Dinosaurs Went Extinct? 310. Do You Think Life Exists — or Has Ever Existed — Somewhere Besides Earth? 311. Do You Believe in Intelligent Alien Life? 312. Will Humans Live on Mars Someday? 313. Would You Want to Be a Space Tourist?
Personal Character and Morality
314. Does Achieving Success Always Include Being Happy? 315. Can Money Buy You Happiness? 316. Does Buying and Accumulating More and More Stuff Make Us Happier? 317. Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work? 318. How Important Is Keeping Your Cool? 319. When Should You Compromise? 320. Are We Losing the Art of Listening? 321. Do People Complain Too Much? 322. Is ‘Be Yourself’ Bad Advice? 323. How Important Is Keeping a Clean House? 324. Does Keeping a Messy Desk Make People More Creative? 325. Do You Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason? 326. How Much Control Do You Think You Have Over Your Fate? 327. Can You Be Good Without God? 328. How Important Do You Think It Is to Marry Someone With the Same Religion? 329. Does Suffering Make Us Stronger and Lead to Success? 330. Do Bystanders Have a Responsibility to Intervene When There is Trouble? 331. When Is Looting Morally O.K.? 332. Can Kindness Become Cool? 333. Are Manners Important? 334. Have Curse Words Become So Common They Have Lost Their Shock Value?
Government and Leadership
335. How Strong Is Your Faith in American Democracy? 336. Is America Headed in the Right Direction? 337. Is It Possible to Start Out Poor in This Country, Work Hard and Become Well-Off? 338. Should the United States Care That It’s Not No. 1? 339. How Should Opponents Receive the New President — With an Open Mind and Honor for the Office, or With Defiance and Rejection? 340. What Do You Think the Role of the First Lady — or First Spouse — Should Be Today? 341. Should Voting Be Mandatory? 342. Does Voting for a Third-Party Candidate Mean Throwing Away Your Vote? 343. If You Were Governor of Your State, How Would You Spend a Budget Surplus? 344. What Local Problems Do You Think Your Mayor Should Try to Solve? 345. Should Rich People Have to Pay More Taxes? 346. What Is More Important: Our Privacy or National Security? 347. When Is the Use of Military Force Justified? 348. When Should Countries Negotiate With Their Traditional Enemies? 349. Should the U.S. Be Spying on Its Friends? 350. What Responsibility Do We Have to Take In Refugees From Global Humanitarian Crises? 351. Should Countries Pay Ransoms to Free Hostages Held by Terrorists? 352. Should Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Be Allowed to Live in the U.S. Without Fear of Getting Deported? 353. Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education? 354. Do We Need a Higher Minimum Wage? 355. What Do We Owe Our Veterans? 356. Do Leaders Have Moral Obligations? 357. Do Great Leaders Have to Be Outgoing?
Guns, Prisons and the Justice System
358. What Are Some Answers to America’s Gun Violence? 359. How Should We Prevent Future Mass Shootings? 360. Would You Feel Safer With Armed Guards Patrolling Your School? 361. What Is Your Relationship With Guns? 362. Where Do You Stand on Unconcealed Handguns? 363. Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses? 364. Would Arming College Students Help Prevent Sexual Assaults on Campus? 365. What Should Be the Purpose of Prison? 366. Should Prisoners Be Given the Opportunity to Get an Education? 367. Should Felons Be Allowed to Vote After They Have Served Their Time? 368. Should the United States Stop Using the Death Penalty? 369. What Do You Think of the Police Tactic of Stop-and-Frisk? 370. When Should Juvenile Offenders Receive Life Sentences? 371. Do Rich People Get Off Easier When They Break the Law? 372. Should All Police Officers Wear Body Cameras? 373. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
374. Should the Private Lives of Famous People Be Off Limits? 375. Should We Be Privy to the Lives of Celebrities’ Children? 376. Do You Think Child Stars Have It Rough? 377. What Causes Should Philanthropic Groups Finance? 378. Should Charities Focus More on America? 379. Do Poor People ‘Have It Easy’? 380. Should We Think Twice Before Buying Online? 381. Is Amazon Becoming Too Powerful? 382. How Much Do You Trust Online Reviews? 383. Do You Shop at Locally Owned Businesses? 384. Would You Want a Bike Share Program for Your Community? 385. How Much Does Your Neighborhood Define Who You Are? 386. Should Companies Collect Information About You? 387. What Time Should Black Friday Sales Start? 388. How Long Is It O.K. to Linger in a Cafe or Restaurant? 389. Should Restaurants Do Away With Tipping? 390. Should Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags Be Banned? 391. Do We Crank Up the A.C. Too High? 392. Should Everyone Learn at Least One Other Language? 393. What Are the Five Greatest Inventions of All Time? 394. Dressing Up Like Creepy Clowns: Freedom of Expression or Public Nuisance? 395. Would Life Be Better Without Time Zones? 396. What Words or Phrases Do You Think Are Overused? 397. What Words or Phrases Should Be Retired? 398. Do Laws That Ban Offensive Words Make the World a Better Place? 399. Should Newspapers Reprint Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad That Some Deem Offensive? 400. Is It Wrong for a Newspaper to Publish a Front-Page Photo of a Man About to Die? 401. Are There Topics That Should Be Off Limits to Comedy?
93 Argumentative Essay Prompts
By: Author Paul Jenkins
Posted on Published: November 22, 2022 - Last updated: February 16, 2023
Categories Writing , Education , Inspiration
Do you enjoy a good argument? Well, then, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will provide 100 argumentative essay prompts. These prompts will help you generate ideas for your essay and allow you to practice your argumentative writing skills. Argumentative essays are a great way to improve your critical thinking skills and learn how to defend your opinions. So what are you waiting for? Start arguing!
- Is it ever morally acceptable to lie?
- Should people be allowed to own exotic animals?
- Is the death penalty morally justifiable?
- Is torture ever morally acceptable?
- Are there any moral absolutes?
- How do we determine what is right and wrong?
- Is there such a thing as objective morality?
- Does morality depend on religion?
- What is the difference between natural and artificial Selection?
- Should humans intervene in nature?
- Is it morally wrong to kill animals for food?
- Should zoos be banned?
- Are humans truly capable of being altruistic?
- Can selfishness ever be a good thing?
- Do we have a responsibility to take care of the environment?
- Is it ever justifiable to break the law?
- Do the ends justify the means?
- Do humans have the right to force their beliefs on others?
- Should gay marriage be legal?
- Should the government have control over what people watch on TV?
- Do politics and religion make good bedfellows?
- Are there any objective moral standards?
- Should there be a law against hate crimes?
- Does capitalism exploit the poor?
- Is public funding of the arts a good idea?
- Is affirmative action justified?
- Should euthanasia be legal?
- How can one determine what is right and wrong?
- What constitutes good parenting?
- What makes a person a hero?
- Should people be permitted to sell their organs?
- Can the government violate one right to protect another right?
- What makes someone a hero?
- Is interracial marriage acceptable?
- What is the purpose of marriage?
- Is divorce ever justified?
- Can humans be objectively moral?
- Can you be moral without being religious?
- Is the death penalty justified?
- Is religion necessary for morality?
- Is it okay to use animals for medical research?
- Is revenge ever justified?
- Does necessity justify hard work?
- What is your responsibility to society?
- What makes a work of art good?
- Do parents have more of a duty to their children than to society?
- Can you be religious without being a good person?
- What are your responsibilities as a citizen?
- Should there be a separation of church and state?
- Is censorship ever justified?
- Is it ever okay to steal?
- How does one define success?
- Who is personally most responsible for the well-being of a society?
- How do you define morality?
- Is killing ever justified?
- Should assisted suicide/euthanasia be legal?
- Can people ever be so rich as to have no moral obligation to others?
- Can ethics exist without religion?
- Do parents have a responsibility to their children?
- Do rich people have the right to use their wealth in any way they choose?
- What is art’s relation to reality?
- Is caring for the environment a moral necessity?
- What constitutes a good citizen?
- Do white people have a responsibility to support Native Americans?
- Is it morally right to use animals for medical research?
- Are politics and religion inevitably intertwined?
- Why are some people willing to kill or die for their cause?
- Should humans interfere in nature?
- Should marriage be considered a contract?
- Is the free market inherently good?
- Is there a difference between natural and artificial selection?
- Do the wealthy have a moral obligation to society?
- Is it ever okay to lie?
- What is the difference between concrete and abstract art?
- What makes a good parent?
- Is the death penalty ever justified?
- Is the government justified in censoring the media?
- How can you determine what is right and wrong?
Everything You Wanted to Know About Argumentative and Persuasive Essays (But Were Afraid to Ask)
If you’re a student, chances are good that you’ve written at least one of these essays for a class. But do you know the difference between argumentative and persuasive essays? Keep reading to find out!
The Differences between Argumentative and Persuasive Essays
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to write each type of essay, let’s go over some basic similarities first. Both argumentative and persuasive essays are typically assigned in English classes, using evidence and explanation to make a point. However, that’s really where the similarities end. Let’s take a closer look at each type of essay.
Argumentative Essays: The Basics
An argumentative essay is, quite simply, an essay in which the writer seeks to make a persuasive argument for a particular position. This means that the writer will take a stance on an issue—either for or against it—and then use evidence and explanations to convince the reader to see things from his or her perspective. Argumentative essays often consider debating another person or group’s point of view on an issue to disprove it or show that it is invalid. In other words, argumentative essays are all about winning arguments!
Here Are Some Basic Tips for Writing a Successful Argumentative Essay:
• Choose a debatable topic that you feel passionate about.
• Take a clear stance on your chosen topic and stick to it throughout your essay.
• Support your argument with concrete evidence from reliable sources.
• Be sure to refute any counterarguments your reader might pose.
• Convince your reader that your opinion is correct by providing sound reasoning and convincing arguments.
• Remember to restate your main argument in your conclusion.
Sounding like a broken record is always better than sounding like you don’t know what you’re talking about!
Persuasive Essays: The Basics
Now let’s move on to persuasive essays, which are very similar but also have some key differences.
Like argumentative essays, persuasive essays are also assigned in English classes and attempt to make a persuasive argument for or against something. However, what separates persuasive essays from argumentative ones is that they don’t necessarily have to be unbiased; in fact, most persuasive essays have quite the opposite goal.
Writers of persuasive essays often try to sway their readers by playing on their emotions instead of using logic and reason to convince them—hence the name “persuasive.” While this may seem underhanded at first glance, keep in mind that everyone uses emotional appeals from time to time; think about how nearly every commercial on television tries to evoke an emotional response in its viewers (i.e., “Buy our product, and you’ll be happy/sexy/successful/rich!”)
Persuasive writers take this concept one step further by trying to influence their readers’ opinions on certain topics directly.
So How Can You Write a Successful Persuasive Essay? Check Out These Tips
• Pick a topic that interests you and that you feel strongly about—you’ll be much more likely to write passionately about it if it matters to you!
• Take a clear stance on your chosen topic from the beginning—remember, there’s no room for neutrality in persuasive writing!
• Use concrete evidence from reliable sources throughout your body paragraphs—opinions unsupported by facts will only get you so far
• Try not just to disprove your readers’ counterarguments but also provide convincing refutations for why they should see things from your perspective
• Sum up your main points in your conclusion so that your readers will walk away remembering what they read
• Always remember who your audience is—you’re writing this essay to persuade THEM, not just yourself!
The Point of an Argumentative Essay
Everyone knows there are two sides to every story. And, usually, we’re only presented with one. It’s the nature of human communication to choose a single perspective and stick to it. This is fine when discussing our weekend plans with friends, but what about when the stakes are higher? When we’re trying to persuade someone of our point of view on a controversial issue? That’s where argumentative essays come in.
Argumentative essays aren’t about taking sides. They’re about taking a stand. They’re an opportunity to present your point of view on a hot-button issue and back it up with evidence and logic. In other words, they’re an opportunity to argue. And if you’re going to argue, you might as well do it right. So let’s take a look at what makes a solid argumentative essay.
The Three Components of a Good Argumentative Essay
A good topic, a clear thesis statement, evidence that supports your thesis.
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Argumentative Essay Topics
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Are you about to write an argumentative essay but still confused about the topic?
Argumentative essays help students learn more about the subject matter of a particular course. This kind of writing is a genuine key to learning argumentative skills. You must pay attention to your subject while choosing a strong topic for your essay.
But what if you don’t even know what to write about?
Don’t worry! Here is a list of topics and tips to help you decide on the perfect topic for your argumentative paper.
So read on and make choosing a topic easier!
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Argumentative Essay Topics for students
Argumentative essay writing is one common academic assignment that almost every student will get to draft. In order to help the students, we have prepared a list of argumentative topic ideas. Pick a topic that works the best for you.
Argumentative Essay Topics for Middle School
- What age is suitable for kids to start schooling?
- Should students be allowed to evaluate their teachers?
- Metal music should be banned due to its violent lyrics.
- What are the pros and cons of making friends virtually?
- Can we conserve energy as a society?
- Does playing violent video games contribute to making a person violent in real life too?
- How close is reality TV to real life?
- Do girls face more societal pressure than guys?
- What is the biggest challenge faced by students today?
- Should there be cash rewards for getting a good score on standardized tests?
- The rich should pay more taxes than the poor.
- Cartoons are better than movies.
- Teachers Vs. Parents: who plays a bigger role in shaping a child?
Argumentative Essay Topics for Grade 6
Here are some argumentative essay topics for 6th-grade students:
- Should schools start later in the morning?
- Is confining wild animals within zoos a cruel practice?
- Should there be stricter laws for texting and driving?
- Are social media sites like Facebook and Twitter bad for our society?
- Should the voting age be lowered to allow young people a voice in democracy?
- Should the school year be longer or shorter?
- Is it okay for children to play violent video games?
- Should cell phones be banned from schools?
- Should recycling become a mandatory practice in all households?
Argumentative Essay Topics for 7th Graders
- Should schools provide free meals to all students?
- Are uniforms necessary for student success?
- Does standardized testing accurately measure student progress?
- Are after-school activities important for student development?
- Is there too much emphasis on social media in education today?
- Should schools place a stronger emphasis on physical education?
- Are required classes in high school helpful or harmful to students?
- Should all students have access to laptops and tablets in the classroom?
- Is technology taking away from traditional learning methods in the classroom?
- Should gym classes be mandatory for students?
Argumentative Essay Topics for Grade 8
Looking for argumentative essay topics for teenagers? Check out the ideas below:
- Should the drinking age be lowered? Should the death penalty be abolished?
- Is it necessary for governments to fund childcare?
- Is there too much emphasis on standardized testing in schools?
- Are schools doing enough to prevent bullying from happening?
- Do adolescents need more sleep than adults?
- Should students be allowed to have cell phones in school?
- Is social media affecting the way we interact with each other?
- What should be done about the student loan crisis?
Argumentative Essay Topics for High School
- Is homeschooling better than the public school educational system?
- Smartphones help the learning process.
- Is co-education more advantageous than single-sex education?
- Are GMOs safe for human consumption?
- Is fast food healthy or a serious threat to physical health?
- Teenagers feel more comfortable talking on social media rather than face to face.
- Should it be legal to get a tattoo for kids younger than 18?
- Are standardized tests beneficial for school students?
- A negative high school experience you believe is important when it comes to personality.
- Does the education system prepare a student for the real world?
- Is there life after death?
- Our society works on gender equality.
- Subjects that should be removed from the high school program.
- Is hate crime growing in high school?
Argumentative Essay Topics for College Students
- Is the current taxation system effective or not?
- Are men paid more than women in our corporate sector?
- Should Shakespeare still be studied as part of the college curriculum?
- Is college tuition becoming way too expensive?
- Are test scores the only way to judge the competency of a student?
- Getting a College degree is worth the cost.
- Is the system of the electoral college still viable in the US?
- Youngsters on social networks don’t realize the significance of privacy on these online sites.
- Life is incomplete without faith.
- Students nowadays face greater social pressures compared to the past.
- Your past does not define you.
- What can be done about gun control in the United States?
- Is it ethical to genetically modify children to protect against diseases?
- Do we need more gender diversity in STEM programs?
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Argumentative Essay Topics for University Students
- Should mental health services be made available for free?
- Is income inequality a necessary part of capitalism?
- Should the minimum wage be raised in all countries?
- Does technology have a positive or negative impact on mental health?
- Should universities be allowed to charge students for taking classes?
- Is it necessary for governments to fund space exploration?
- Should religion be taught in public schools?
- Are animal experiments necessary for medical progress?
- Should young students join a political party to enhance the democratic process?
- Does free speech help promote extremism in society?
Argumentative Essay Topics for O Levels
- Should the government regulate the use of social media?
- Is the death penalty an effective way to prevent crime?
- Are online classes replacing traditional courses in schools?
- Do standardized tests accurately measure academic achievement?
- Should abortion be legalized in all countries?
- Do celebrity role models have a positive or negative influence on young people?
- Should school uniforms be mandatory in all schools?
- Should the Internet be censored by governments around the world?
- Should GMO foods be allowed in supermarkets?
- Does free trade help or harm developing economies?
Best Argumentative Essay Topics
Just as important as it is to create compelling content, choosing a great topic is equally important. If you want to score well in academics, you will have to impress your instructor with the best argumentative essay topics.
Below are some great topic ideas for you related to different fields. Choose the right topic for your essay and start the process.
Sports Argumentative Essay Topics
- Can video gamers be counted as true athletes?
- By participating in sports, can children be kept out of trouble?
- Should girls be allowed to participate in the same sports as boys?
- Should alternatives to steroids be legalized for professional athletes?
- Do you consider cheerleading a sport?
- Does your College spend a lot of money in the name of sports programs?
- Student-athletes should get money for playing.
- Betting on sports should be illegal.
- Sports events shouldn’t broadcast alcohol and tobacco ads.
- Are female athletes looked upon as sexual objects by the media?
- All athletes should be tested for drugs before their performance.
- Females should not be allowed to take part in extreme sports.
- Impact of bodybuilding on a woman’s body in old age.
Argumentative Essay Topics Education
- Parents should have an active role in their child's education.
- The grading system shouldn’t exist to judge a student’s abilities.
- Standardized tests should be abolished in schools.
- All students must wear a uniform in high school.
- Does technology benefit the educational system?
- Studying in a single-sex class is better than studying in a mixed one?
- All students must be made to learn a foreign language?
- Programming should be made compulsory for all students.
- Should students have sex education classes at school?
- Should schools have the right to test students for drugs?
- Girls should be equally encouraged to take part in sports in school.
- The world should have a uniform language.
- Hard work isn’t enough for being successful in a student’s life.
- Should teachers be allowed to physically discipline their students?
- How to bring change in the education system of the United States?
Social Media Argumentative Essay Topics
- Are social networks an effective platform for communication?
- Do people really get a job through LinkedIn?
- Is Facebook legally allowed to leak the private information of its users?
- Is it possible to earn a good amount of money from YouTube?
- Should Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter be banned permanently?
- Social media has successfully increased employment rates.
- Celebrity endorsements are unethical.
- Social media has destroyed real-life communication.
- Social media has made doing business easier.
- Blogging is an irrelevant profession.
- How is social media depicting beauty standards?
- How has social media become a major source of inferiority complex among teenagers?
- Is it possible to have a life without social media at this time?
- Should underaged children be allowed to own social media accounts?
- Pros and cons of social media.
Argumentative Essay Topics Technology
- Are cell phones harmful to the human race?
- Are spy applications invading the privacy of users?
- Are Millennials more dependent on computers than Baby Boomers?
- Is Typescript the future of front-end development?
- The impact of microwave tech on our biology.Technology has made us lazier.
- Should coding be taught from middle school?
- Cognitive Computers like Watson are unethical.
- Should a candidate’s social media profiles be considered in the hiring process?
- Children shouldn’t be given personal mobile phones.
- Self-driving cars and the future of transportation.
- Has technology made people less efficient?
- Technological advancements in the field of psychology.
- Is the future in the hands of Artificial Intelligence?
- Pros and cons of depending a lot on technology.
American History Argumentative Essay Topics
- What was the impact of European colonization on Native Americans?
- What was the role of women in the movement toward revolution?
- What were the key causes of the American Revolution?
- The key issues that caused conflict between North and South and led to the civil war?
- The effects of the Great Depression on the banking industry in America.
- Did the Civil Rights Movement reduce or lead to racial violence?
- Post World War II, how did America grow?
- 21st-century American foreign policy.
- Is Barack Obama the first American president who made history?
- Was slavery an inevitable part of the development of American society?
- Should the Indian Removal Act be considered an act of genocide?
Mental Health Argumentative Essay Topics
- Are antidepressants overprescribed in modern society?
- Should mental health services be made free for all?
- Is social media affecting mental health negatively?
- Is there a stigma attached to seeking out mental health help?
- What role do genetics and environment play in determining mental illness?
- Can art and music therapy be effective treatments for mental illness?
- How can we tackle the stigma associated with mental illness?
- What can be done to reduce the prevalence of anxiety in young people?
- Should there be mandatory mental health education in schools?
Social Issues Argumentative Topics
- Should male workers receive paternity leave too?
- Is age a major factor in relationship success or failure?
- Is torture acceptable under any circumstance?
- What are the primary causes of down syndrome?
- What should the punishments be for failed parenting?
- A candidate’s appearance shouldn’t be considered in a job hiring process.
- Some common stereotypes in your society.
- Cheating is increasing every day.
- We are way too dependent on computers and technology.
- Is boredom the cause of getting into trouble?
- Beauty magazines should stop photoshopping models.
- Capitalism vs. socialism. What would benefit society more?
- Is the women’s rights movement justified?
- The real objectives of Feminism.
- Impact of homosexuality on society.
Argumentative Essay Topics Animals
- Hunting for fun and sports is unethical and must get banned.
- Aggressive dog breeds such as pit bulls should not be allowed as pets.
- Testing beauty products on animals is justifiable.
- Using monkeys for research in labs is a necessary evil.
- Wearing fur and leather shouldn’t be unethical.
- Is genetic modification of livestock beneficial?
- Animal dissection in medical school is a good way to learn.
- Owning pets reduces the risk of getting diseases. Do you agree?
- Emotional support animals can truly help lonely people.
- Keeping exotic animals as pets is inhumane.
- Stronger laws must be enforced against animal cruelty.
- Pros and cons of animal testing.
- How can the emotional support of animals help in treating mental problems?
- Significance of microchipping the pets.
- Rights enjoyed by the ESA owners.
Argumentative Research Paper Topics
- Ways to decrease childcare costs in the United States.
- Are literate people better parents?
- Challenges faced by female politicians.
- Is rehab effective for sex offenders?
- Is music a form of real art?
- Spanish is a simple language to learn.
- Schools should ban vending machines on-campus.
- Are teachers to blame when a student performs poorly?
- Are gender stereotypes encouraged by parents?
- Illegal immigrants and terrorism: is it related?
- Can imposing a tax on sugar help fight obesity.
- Should age be a factor in relationships?
- Do dreams have a symbolic meaning?
- Should South and North Korea become one?
- Can depression be cured using natural ways?
Unique Argumentative Essay Topics
Looking for some general argumentative essay topic ideas? Here is an ultimate list of great topics that can make your essay writing fun for you and your readers.
Controversial Argumentative Essay Topics
- Should same-sex marriage be legal in all 50 states within the United States of America?
- Is the feminist movement ruining the minds of young girls?
- Corruption and its effects on increasing wages.
- Hunting should be banned globally. Do you agree?
- Which is more beneficial for society, Communism or Capitalism?
- Should human cloning be allowed or not?
- Abortion – A pro-life or a pro-choice?
- Do anti-discrimination laws reinforce discrimination?
- Should patients be entitled to request medically-assisted suicide in cases of terminal illness?
- Can beauty standards be more inclusive?
- Workplace dating should not be allowed, and here’s why.
- Displaced immigrants and refugees should be given shelter by every country.
- Is vegan or vegetarian life good for health?
- Online dating has ruined the essence of old-school romance.
- Chocolate can help improve our bad mood.
- Is it ethical to eat meat?
- Mothers make better parents naturally.
- Politics can never be clean and fair.
- Should the drinking age be lowered?
Easy Argumentative Essay Topics
- Are girls more intelligent than boys?
- Parents of middle schoolers should control their internet.
- Was Johnny Depp the best choice for Burton’s Ed Wood?
- Do religious movements cause the outbreak of war?
- Are human beings the major source of global climate change?
- Is it ethical to have kids perform chores?
- Is using LEDs making a difference?
- How does being a vegan help the environment?
- Should teenage marriages be allowed?
- Social media has brought families closer. Is there any truth to this statement?
- If the House of Lords had veto power over the House of Commons, Britain would’ve been better off.
- It’s okay to date multiple people at the same time.
- HIV is falsely associated with homosexuals. Why?
- Why are the laws neglecting tobacco and alcohol?
- Most of the modern-time artists are one-hit wonders.
Fun Argumentative Essay Topics
- Is panda hugging a viable career option?
- Does Justin Bieber owe his success to negative PR?
- Is it true that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?
- Is the Bermuda Triangle a real thing?
- Is it okay for parents to lie to their children about Santa Claus?
- Did the feminist movement ever help you?
- How did the feminist movement ever help you?
- There is no such thing as organic food.
- How to make your roommate believe that moving out is the best option.
- Why should I join a different family?
- Fans should not judge players after losses or failures.
- Is social promotion a helpful practice?
- Is racism a natural condition of human society?
- Dieting must not be practiced by schoolers.
- Should tattoos be perceived as a social deviation?
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Argumentative Essay Topics 2022
- Are US elections always fair?
- Is the death penalty an effective punishment for criminals?
- Is it wise to replace soldiers with machines and artificial intelligence on battlefields?
- Should animals be used for performing experiments?
- Effects of terrorism on the foreign policy of the United States of America's cosmetic surgery worth the risks?
- What is your point of view on a terminally ill person having the right to assisted suicide?
- Life 100 years ago was much easier than it is today.
- Is religion a factor that contributes to war?
- A woman who doesn’t have enough resources to raise a child to be allowed to abort?
- Physical activities are the most convenient way to relax.
- The best way to enhance education is to decrease the number of classes.
- Sports classes should become mandatory for everybody.
- The pros and cons of using gadgets for studying purposes.
- What is the most important socio-political movement of the modern era?
Argumentative Essay Topics 2023
The following are some amazing topics for argumentative essays. Have a look at them to get a better idea.
- Fast food is responsible for childhood obesity in the US.
- Is the United States ready for a female president?
- Parents need to be very friendly with their kids.
- Are smartphones harmful to our health?
- Education needs to be free for all.
- Is single-sex education still a good idea in 2020?
- Should all people pursue a university degree worldwide?
- Internet access must be unlimited and free.
- Modern education has to eliminate grading systems.
- Capitalism should acquire more socially significant policies.
- Tourist tax is mandatory to save cultural heritage.
- Kindergartens must introduce foreign language instruction.
- Is hunting good for environmental well-being?
- Using animals for research must be banned.
- Women perform better than men in official positions and occupations.
Choosing a Good Argumentative Essay Topic
So you know the importance of choosing the right topic when writing an argumentative essay.
But what are you going to write about?
You sure don’t want to pick an argumentative essay topic that everyone else is working on. And you don’t want to research an argumentative topic where information and data are impossible to find.
You hopefully want to write on a debatable topic that will interest both you and your reader. Here are the criteria we use to choose a topic for argumentative essays:
- It has to be interesting to the writer. You’ll be outlining, researching, and writing in-depth, so pick an engaging topic for your argument.
- Have some information to begin with. The more familiar you are with the subject area, the easier it will be for both you and the reader.
- The best argumentative essay topics are mostly controversial. If there’s no conflict and everyone agrees on everything, it won’t qualify as an argumentative essay.
- An arguable thesis statement can be created according to the topic.
What Makes a Good Argumentative Essay?
A good argumentative essay is one that presents a well-reasoned and logical argument. It should be supported by facts and evidence, not just speculation or opinion. To create an effective argumentative essay, the writer must provide a strong case for their position on any given topic.
Strong Introduction and Thesis
The first element of a good argumentative essay is an interesting and clear introduction. This should introduce the topic in a way that engages readers and makes them want to learn more.
It should also provide an overview of the writer's position on the issue, as well as any evidence they will be using to support their argument.
Good Research and Evidence
Good argumentation requires good evidence. So a good argumentative essay should be backed up by research and evidence.
If a writer is making an assertion, they must provide evidence to back it up. This could include physical evidence such as statistics or quotes from experts in the field, as well as logical arguments that support their position.
The structure of an argumentative essay is also important. It should be structured in a way that makes it easy to follow and understand.
This could include using headings, subheadings, and bullet points to break up the text into more manageable pieces. In addition, it should have a clear flow of ideas, with each paragraph logically leading to the next.
Finally, a good argumentative essay should have an effective conclusion. This should provide a summary of the writer's main points and reiterate their position on the issue. The conclusion should also leave readers with something to think about, leaving them informed and with new insight.
After reading our list, don’t be surprised if your mind starts coming up with additional topics for an argumentative essay. We recommend that you keep a notebook or journal handy to record these topic ideas for later.
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85 Unique Argumentative Essay Topics and How to Choose One
Argumentative essays are a means of proving an argument valid, hence turning theory into fact. It is often visible if the writer has spent time developing their argument. Experienced writers build their own set of principles to maximize clear delivery. The validity of any argument relies on its source material. Simple issues may need a more straightforward approach. When you're tackling controversial matters, it's best to use plenty of sources for backup.
What Is an Argumentative Essay?
An argumentative essay is a type of academic paper that introduces arguments (claims) about both sides of a particular topic. Both teams could be balanced, or one may be dominating. The tone of the paper depends on the writer’s position on the observed issue.
The primary function of an argumentative paper is to introduce a case to the readers in a convincing manner trying to change their opinions if they have a position different from the writer’s. The idea is to show the full picture.
Experts tend to highlight three models of argumentative writing:
- Toulmin model
This paper will need an intro with a thesis statement followed by background information supported by the evidence collected from sources. A writer will have to list the reasons to support the central argument & rebuttals.
- Rogerian model
Unlike the previous one, this model of argumentative paper requires weighing both alternatives, listing the pros & cons of each, and providing a piece of advice after in-depth evaluation.
- Classical model
The writer has to introduce the issue, offer a personal solution, and make an attempt to persuade the audience that this particular solution is the correct one. The idea is to make the readers care about the suggested topic.
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How to Pick Out the Good Argumentative Essay Topics
Finding good topics for an argumentative essay isn’t finding a needle in a haystack - as long as you take care to follow a few core principles.
Many controversial argumentative essay topics are prone to prejudice. They often have an unconscious aim to prove already assumed facts. When writing an essay, it is always crucial to understand both sides. Try picking a neutral topic to which you are mostly indifferent.
The basic tips to follow while selecting the ideas to discuss in your work are:
- Think about issues of your interest . Make sure that you possess in-depth knowledge of the chosen theme. Can you express the opinion about it?
- Follow the recent trends . Type some keywords in the search field of Google Trends to find out what issues related to your subject are actively discussed.
- Check access to primary & secondary sources . Surf the web to decide whether you can obtain enough credible sources to use in your piece.
- Avoid themes with a broad/general focus . The number of words or pages limits the research paper, so make the topic narrow & specific.
- Stay away from the emotionally-charged subjects . Argumentative writing is about staying calm and sober with judgments.
- Consider the target audience . Think about people that you plan to reach. Would they accept your point of view or would it result in a debate?
- Brainstorm the final list of ideas . Discuss the final list of the possible topics. Pick the idea the majority will vote for.
- Take a risk . Selecting a debatable issue has certain risks, but if a writer proves a personal position, it will result in the highest grade!
- Take your experience into account . How well do you know the topic? Did you have a relevant experience to share?
Tip from EssayPro Expert: “It is recommended that a writer should possess an interest in the subject they cover, but the argument should not be one that they accept as the truth.”
Be sure to read the article on argumentative essay structure .
Easy Argumentative Essay Topics
There are topics that are discussed and debated daily. It is not uncommon that most of them are banned from classrooms being cliche. If you believe you have some fresh insights on the matter, try to convince your teacher into letting you do it.
- Should students be given time off for mental health purposes?
- Should Vaccination be Mandatory for All Children?
- What are the best ways for parents to teach their kids about race and racism?
- Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?
- Should Boys and Girls Athletic Teams Play in the Same Tournament?
Teachers engage middle-schoolers in the debate to give them an insight into high-school level writing. These middle school argumentative essay topics often discuss the fairness of school rules and alternative curriculums.
- Should Schools Have Dress Codes?
- Should Teachers Assign Less Homework?
- Is Music Class Necessary?
- Real School vs. Homeschool.
- How Important Is Arts Education?
Argumentative essays are most rewarding in high school and are a lesson in seeing all sides of the spectrum. Here are some common argumentative essay topics for high school.
- Are High School Students Over-Supervised?
- Banning Classical Literature Containing Offensive Language in School.
- What Is The Greatest Invention of All Time?
- Should Clothes Define Who You Are?
- Should Teachers Observe Students While They Take Online Tests?
Argumentative Essay Topics for College
Did you know that Barack Obama only finished paying his student loans in the second year of his presidency? The value of college degrees is being questioned now more than ever. Argumentative essay topics for college require attention to details of contemporary life.
- When Do Halloween Costumes Become Over-The-Top?
- Should Companies Collect Personal Data of Users?
- When Does Comedy Become Over-The-Top or Offensive?
- What Does the College Admissions Scandal Reveal About Society?
- How Close Are We to the ‘Black Mirror’?
- Are Schools Doing a Good Job at Addressing Cyberbullying?
- Should School Newspapers Get Reviewed Before Publishing?
- Do Schools Help College Students Explore Their Creativity?
- Is Taking Adderall to Study Unfair?
- Has the Internet Made College Education Unnecessary?
- Is It Fair to Judge a Student's Potential by Their SAT Score?
- Are Certain Colleges Overrated Because of Their Historical Significance?
- Should the Cost of College Depend on the Degree?
- Should Admissions Officers Read College Applicants’ Social Media Pages?
Argumentative Essay Topics by Category
We have listed some topics from popular fields of study. Feel free to tackle any subject on the list - or even better - use this list as inspiration and find your topic of interest. If you need more guidance, we have hundreds of essay writers online and ready to help you out.
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While some may find social media a necessary component of daily life, others struggle with procrastination as a direct result. It has arguably influenced critical political decisions and has made social media a significant and relevant field of study.
- Does Instagram Make People More Narcissistic?
- Why Are Women's Nipples Banned in Social Media?
- Is Fake News Dangerous?
- Must Social Media Play a Role in Education?
- How Should Social Media Networks Tackle Online Bullying?
- Is Anonymous Social Media Dangerous?
- Is Proper Punctuation Important on Social Media?
- Should Social Media Pay Users in Exchange for Their Privacy?
- Should Companies Fire Clients Over Inappropriate Social Media Behavior?
- Should There Be a ‘Dislike’ Button on Facebook?
TV, Movies, Video Games
Hollywood produces heaps of content. It is no surprise that lots of it don’t undergo extensive evaluation before release. This results in students questioning the industry’s promotion of harmful stereotypes. Here you can find plenty of unique essay topics.
- Does American TV Capture the Country's Diversity?
- Should Cybersports Be Considered Sports?
- Is the Gaming World Sexist?
- What Makes a Good Children’s Cartoon?
- Do Hollywood FIlms Promote a Certain Set of Values?
- Can Good Commercials Be Considered Works of Art?
- Why Are There So Few Female Film-Makers?
Music, Literature, Art
Has digitization degraded music into a mere form of entertainment? Music argumentative essay topics have plenty of room for discussion. They touch on issues of authenticity which can also be relevant in the fields of literature and art.
- Modern Pop Music Is Recyclable — Does That Make It Good or Bad?
- In Music — When Does ‘Borrowing’ Become ‘Stealing’?
- Should Explicit Language in Classic Literature Be Filtered Like Explicit Language in Pop Song Lyrics?
- Should We Consider Banksy as an Artist?
- Are Libraries Still Necessary?
- Does Rap Count as Music?
- Is Graffiti An Art?
- Is It Right to Display Art in Public Places?
- Should Society Support Aspiring Artists?
- Is Modern Art Timeless?
- Are Mark Rothko Paintings Worth Their Cost?
Health Argumentative Essay Topics
Abstaining from eating sugar or drinking alcohol can feel like a significant accomplishment. Some people find great pride in living a healthy lifestyle. Online health blogs and web stores take advantage of this trend, so let's check out health care argumentative essay topics.
- Can too much sleep be harmful to the body?
- Is a treatment for diabetes on the horizon?
- Should the Government Review Nutritional Guidelines and Menu Compositions for School Feeding Programs?
- Are Models Abnormally Skinny?
- Should the Government Regulate Sugar in Sugary Products?
Science and Technology
Space exploration has historically led to significant developments in technology. Did you know that velcro and microwaves were invented during the Moon Landing programs? Here are some science and technology argumentative essay topics relevant to daily life.
- Is Human Chipping an Absurd Concept?
- How Concerned Should We Be About Climate Change?
- Should the Development of Nuclear Weapons Be Outlawed Internationally?
- Is It Ethical to Slow Aging with Science?
- Manipulating the Human Body With Technology — When Is It Okay?
Animal testing has led to many developments in fields such as medicine and cosmetics. However, this method is often questioned from a moral standpoint. Argumentative essays about animals and their rights touch on various ethical issues.
- Ethical Questions Concerning Genetically Engineered Animals.
- Should Animal Rights Issues Apply to Insects?
- Should Animal Zoos Be Upgraded or Outlawed?
- Argue for or Against Banning Animals in Circuses.
- Are Safari Parks Better Than Zoos?
- Ethical Questions Concerning Altering Animals or Bugs with Technology.
Sports are crucial to adult development. Young people need to be inspired to exercise and maintain their health. Here are some interesting sports argumentative essay topics for inspiration:
- Why are college players stereotyped as being illiterate?
- Should high school students earn rewards for engaging in sports?
- Are video games considered sports?
- Do you believe that only Americans can play authentic American football?
Argumentative writing and speech are crucial skills to develop if you’re determined to keep the balance in this tumultuous world. Issues of poverty, democracy, infrastructure, foreign policy are among the most discussed in the field. In our times, it would be especially relevant to delve into argumentative essay topics on immigration.
- What Do Countries Owe Their Veterans?
- What Are the Moral Obligations of Political Leaders?
- Does the American Voting System Need to Be Altered?
- Should Rich People Pay More Taxes?
- Should Prostitution Be Legal?
- What Are the Responsibilities of Global Leaders When It Comes To the Refugee Crisis?
Funny Argumentative Essay Topics
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- How The Simpsons Illustrate a Typical American Family.
- Does the World Need Superheroes?
- Why Are People Obsessed with Funny Cats Videos?
- Who Would Win In a Fight — Batman or Iron Man?
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162 Persuasive Writing Prompts & Topics: Examples & Tips
Writing a persuasive essay can be a challenging task. While it is excellent for improving a student’s critical thinking and rhetoric skills, coming up with a good topic might be difficult.
The easiest way to kickstart the writing process is to find persuasive writing prompts. Are you passionate about some controversial issue? Want to express your opinion? A prompt will help you to start thinking about it critically. It may contain a set of questions or a brief guideline for your discussion.
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There is plenty of persuasive writing prompts for high school and college that deserve attention. So, we’ve prepared a list of such. Once you choose one to your liking, remember to read a prompt thoroughly. The controversy of an issue is usually apparent. It is crucial to find a prompt that states the main aspects of the topic clearly.
Believe us—writing a persuasive essay is elementary with prompts at your disposal!
- 🤷 Writing with Prompts
- 💡 How to Write?
- ⭐ 12 Best Prompts
- 🧒 Elementary School
- 🎒 Middle School
- 🖊️ High School
- 🌊 Environment
- 🕹️ Video Games
- 🔌 Technology
🤷 Persuasive Writing with Prompts
Before we dive into the prompts, let’s answer a few vital questions.
What is a persuasive essay?
A persuasive essay is a type of academic writing where you try to persuade your reader using arguments and supporting evidence. You provide facts and examples that explain why your position is the correct one. Describe the issue in the introduction, and express your stance on it in your thesis statement.
Remember to include the other side of the argument in your essay. It is essential to consider different perspectives on the problem. You can find numerous examples of persuasive papers in a free essay database . Not only will it serve as a sample, but can act as a source of writing prompts, too.
What is a writing prompt?
A writing prompt is a short passage that describes an idea for an essay, report, article, or some other piece of writing. It can be as short as one sentence, although it is usually more elaborate.
Some prompts can be presented in the form of an image. The most crucial thing is that they give a clear understanding of the topic.
How does a persuasive writing prompt look like?
The main goal of persuasive writing is to convince the reader that your side of an argument is the most legitimate one. Unlike in expository or descriptive writing, persuasive essay prompts express the duality of a dispute.
Persuasive letter prompts should be pertinent to the audience’s concerns. A prompt should ultimately convey your stance on the subject. Use words like convince , persuade , and why . Avoid using how in a persuasive essay prompt as it distracts from the purpose of such writing.
💡 How to Write a Persuasive Essay Using a Prompt?
Persuasive writing prompts help produce a good quality essay. Here is a list of things you should do to write an essay using a prompt:
- Read it and learn what issue the prompt states. What should you elaborate on? Look out for words that you find especially important or problematic.
- Understand what the prompt wants you to do. See whether you should discuss causes and effects or your opinion. In the case of persuasive writing prompt, it asks you to convince your reader in something. In what? Should you discuss both sides of an argument or state your opinion immediately?
- Divide the prompt. Look deeper into what it’s saying. Write down your initial thoughts on the subject.
- Compose a thesis statement . Outline the question or the situation the prompt states and elaborate on it in one topic sentence.
- Write arguments and supporting evidence. Dedicate one body paragraph to describing the opposing argument. Remember to use transition words to ensure good writing flow.
- Revise if you have time for it. Check with the prompt not to miss anything. That’s why writing drafts is always a good idea. This way, you can change your text without making a mess out of your paper.
⭐ 12 Persuasive Writing Prompts for High School
- Cooking as art — a delicate craft.
- 4-Day work week.
- Facebook vs. Instagram: visual design.
- Winter holidays — a time for friends.
- Is living in a village stressful?
- Beef production.
- Is kindergarten education importnat?
- Hobby as a job is a bad idea.
- High school students and independence.
- Allowance for kids: how much?
- Reptiles as pets — a lifelong commitment.
- Outside classes and fresh air benefits.
✔ 50 Persuasive Essay Writing Prompts
If you have trouble coming up with ideas for writing a persuasive essay, here is our prompts list. Whether you’re in school or college, we’re sure here you’ll find a topic that interests you!
🧒 Persuasive Writing Prompts for Elementary Students
- Your parents should go to bed at 9 pm every day. They say that it’s your time to fall asleep, but why? This way, they get to have a good night’s rest to feel energized the next morning. And your parents need it as their jobs are tedious and stressful. While you would like to have more spare time before going to bed. Persuade your parents that going to bed at 9 pm is perfect for them, not for you.
- We should stop wearing a uniform to school. If not every day, at least once a week, students should be allowed to wear casual clothes to school. Discuss why it is a fun and useful initiative.
- You need to move to another country for a year. Explain why you think that studying abroad is essential for you. Which country would you pick and why? Discuss what made you choose this country.
- Every child needs a pet. Some parents don’t allow animals at home. Explain why it is vital to have a pet in a family. Convince that a pet of your choice is the perfect option for any kid.
- Pupils should select their seats in the class . Your teacher always tells you where to sit in class. Would it be better if you get to pick your place? What is your opinion on that?
- Playing music is an educating activity that is crucial for child development. What musical instrument is the most fun to play? Convince your reader that the music instrument of your choice is the best one.
- The summer break has to be longer. Do you believe the summer holidays are long or short? Is it enough for you to get rest and find the strength to start a new term? Convince your reader that your point of view is the right one.
- The ability to read people’s minds in both the worst and best superpower. Imagine that you get to have this superpower. What are its advantages and disadvantages? When can you use it? Is it ethical? Discuss your opinion in your essay.
- Pupils should select their tutors. In school, you don’t get to choose your teacher. Would it be better if you could? Can students change teachers based on their personal preferences? Discuss why or why not.
- We should manage our budget from an early age. Do your parents give you pocket money? Well, they’re better to start. Some parents think they should give their kids pocket money even if they misbehaved. Others wouldn’t give allowance to their children if they did something wrong. What position do you think is fairer, and why?
🎒 Persuasive Writing Prompts for Middle School Students
- Tutors should wear uniforms to schools, just like students do. Imagine there is an initiative that wants teachers to do so. Some people believe it is a sign of equality and professional attire. Others think that just a formal dress code is enough. What is your opinion on this?
- Every school has to initiate school trips. Some individuals think they are disruptive to the study process. Other people claim that such trips unite students and are an essential part of education. What do you think? Explain your point of view and why it is the right one.
- Students should learn from famous people from time to time. There is an opportunity for one famous person to come to your school with a motivational speech. Who would you want to come, and why? Discuss why your school can benefit if a celebrity of your choice gives a speech there.,
- Single-sex schools are better than mixed ones. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? Talk about your point of view using convincing argumentation.
- Some individuals should lack money. What’s better: enough money to get by or too much money and more problems? Some think that too much money makes you forget about more straightforward and essential things in life. Yes, cash gives more opportunities, but people tend to strive for more money than necessary. What’s the point of millionaires in the 21st century? What is your opinion on this?
- Fast food damages children’s health and should be excluded from the school meal plan. Do you agree or disagree? What are some benefits of having fast food as a meal option at school? Discuss which opinion is more legitimate.
- Educational institutions have to support the arts and sciences more. Imagine there is a new building opening up in your school. The school administration hasn’t decided what is going to be there. It could be an art studio, a new sports center, or a computer class. Explain why it should belong to the arts and sciences. Talk about how such disciplines motivate students to evolve.
- We should study for four days a week. There is a law that considers implementing a more extended weekend. Do you think three days would be too much? Why or why not? Support your point of view with thoughtful arguments.
- Teachers should be required to turn off their mobiles during the classes. You can’t use your phone during the course (or at school). It’s a law in various educational institutions and for obvious reasons. Should teachers be prohibited from using their phones as well? Is it fair?
- It is better to have PE lessons as the first classes of the day. Some people think it is an excellent way to kickstart the day. Others believe that students will be physically tired to carry on with other classes. Which opinion is the right one?
- Plagiarism and cheating should be punished more strictly. Copying others’ works or using crib notes in class is strictly prohibited, yet it happens. Should schools implement more measures to ensure there is no cheating? How can they work?
- Students should select their courses according to their performance. Some people are better at science, while others excel at arts. Would it be better if we were allowed only to study things we are naturally good at? Why or why not? Convince your reader that your opinion is valid.
- You shouldn’t eat in class. Teachers generally think that it interrupts the lesson and distracts other students. At the same time, eating a snack can help you concentrate better and stay energized. Discuss your opinion on this in your essay.
- There should be mixed sports teams at school. Girls often like to play the same sports as boys. Should schools let them play in the same groups? Why or why not? Support your opinion with argumentation.
- Teachers should treat every student equally. It seems like an obvious thing, but the reality is often different. What would you do to make sure everyone is respected? Why?
🖊 Persuasive Writing Prompts for High School Students
- In the US, the 18-year-olds should be allowed to drink alcohol. In the country, driving is permitted after age 16, while drinking becomes legal after 21. How fair are these age thresholds? Statistics show that countries with integrated drinking culture (like France or Italy) have lower alcoholism rates. Would it be better to bring the legal drinking age down to 18? Discuss why or why not, using supportive argumentation.
- The “book of your choice” is fantastic, and here is why. Write a persuasive essay explaining why your favorite book deserves attention. Convince your audience it is worth reading it.
- Time management skill is vital for a successful adult life. It’s what you acquire in school and use for a job. Why is being organized so important? And why should you learn this already in school? Talk about your opinion on this subject.
- What’s more important in school – discipline or an ability to self-express? Some think that you come to school to get knowledge and acquire social skills. However, some students thrive in a less harsh environment. Discuss your point of view and why it is valid.
- Educational institutions should implement anti-bullying policies. School authorities should intervene if a student is bullied by other students, even outside of school. Do you agree or disagree? Convince your reader that your opinion is the most legitimate.
- Parents shouldn’t raise their children the same way they’ve been raised. Some people think there are universal values and principles that parents should teach their kids. While this is true, times change tremendously as generations grow up. What do you think is more just? Discuss your point of view in your essay.
- Your neighborhood requires a renovation. Imagine city authorities are planning on improving your area. What would you change in particular, and why? Write an essay using the appropriate argumentation.
- The importance of community is overrated. Some people are naturally more outgoing and thrive in such environments. Others often feel pressured and may feel out of place. Talk about your opinion on that subject.
- Are fictional books useless? Some people believe fiction improves imagination and teaches empathy. Others consider it a waste of time since there is no actual value in it. Which stance is more valid?
- Life is fair because it is unfair to everyone. Do you think this statement is true? Discuss the issue of class privilege. Do you think modern society gives everyone equal opportunities? Why or why not?
- Community service should be mandatory for high school students. Do you agree or disagree? What kind of activities would be included? Discuss your point of view in your essay.
- Classic literature should be an integral part of the high school curriculum. Should students be required to read old texts like Homer’s Odyssey or Shakespeare’s tragedies? Why or why not?
- You can make a career out of a hobby. True or not? Pick your side of an argument and convince a reader it’s valid.
- It would be better if all countries in the world switched to one currency. There are many aspects to consider when talking about this argument. Which side of it would you support? Why?
- Safety on school property should be a primary concern. Some institutions offer inefficient security services, which can result in tragedies. They may lack funds to ensure their students are safe. Should the government prioritize these issues? Discuss your opinion on this.
🎓 Persuasive Writing Prompts for College Students
- Abortions should be legal in all US states. Some religious communities are vehemently opposed to abortions. People with more liberal beliefs claim that it should be a mother’s personal choice. Discuss your opinion in an essay.
- The military should be voluntary. Military service is a civic duty is some countries. Should it be obligatory everywhere? Why or why not? Persuade your reader that your opinion is the most legitimate.
- Veganism and vegetarianism should become a new norm. They start to gain popularity in Western society. Some people consider it beneficial for health and the environment. Others switch to these diets because good meat is often too pricey. What are the real advantages? Or are they a myth? Discuss your opinion.
- The education system in the Western world has become outdated. Do you agree or disagree? What should be changed to make it more suitable for modern times?
- Your parents shouldn’t be your buddies. What’s better: a parent who is your mentor or best friend? Choose your stance on the subject and defend it using appropriate reasoning.
- Soft skills are more important than hard skills. It is thought that employers often prioritize your personal skills over professional ones at first. Do you think this is the right position? Express your opinion and support it with facts.
- Social media is a major frustrating factor in the lives of many people. Have you ever gotten FOMO looking at other’s picture-perfect lives? Why is it so easy to succumb to this illusion of ideal life? Discuss your opinion on the subject and support your point of view with pertinent facts.
- Democracy has proven to be the most sustainable governmental form. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Express your opinion and use relevant argumentation in your essay.
- United Nations have become inefficient over time. There is an opinion that the UN does not function properly anymore. Would you agree with this statement?
- Are genderless pronouns a good idea? They have become a crucial tool for transgender and genderfluid people to express their identity. Or does society overthink about words instead of actions? Do you agree or disagree?
💯 Persuasive Essay Writing Topics
If you feel more confident and inspired after reading our prompts list, check out some persuasive writing topics!
🎤 Persuasive writing: Music
- Hip-hop music objectifies women .
- Jazz does not exist anymore.
- Music festivals involve too many drugs.
- Classical music is the most sophisticated genre.
- The music culture of other societies does not get enough attention because of Western dominance .
- Musical therapy is not efficient.
- Patriotic songs can have a stimulating effect on people.
- Listening to music can increase one’s productivity.
- Anyone can learn how to sing.
- Humanity cannot imagine itself without the art of music.
- Music is the most influential form of art.
- Rap should be considered a form of poetry .
- Jazz sounds the best at a live concert .
- A piano is the best musical instrument.
- All children should have musical training at school.
- Music can unite people from all over the world.
- Specific lyrics can trigger aggression in people.
- Queen is the most influential band in Western history.
- To some extent, all music reflects a creator’s personal experience.
- Is the bell ringer a musician?
🦙 Persuasive Writing: Animals
- Wild animals should not be kept in a zoo.
- Animal fights should be illegal.
- Hybrid animals are unnatural.
- Agricultural production puts endangered species at more significant risk .
- Slaughtering farm animals for food does not justify their killing .
- Animal hunts should be illegal everywhere.
- There is no better alternative than animal experimentation for some medicine.
- Exotic animals should not be kept as pets.
- Animals should not be treated as objects—they are meant to cohabitate with humans .
- Cow milk is terrible for human health.
- Dolphins are the most intelligent animals.
- Using animals for medical research is unethical.
- There are better alternatives than cosmetic testing on animals .
- Poaching has multiple adverse effects on the economy.
- Farming is a form of animal abuse .
- Zoos can help in preserving endangered animals.
- All makeup brands should switch to cruelty-free policies.
- The use of elephants in the entertainment industry can lead to their extinction .
- Children should be taught how to treat animals.
- A dog is the best animal companion for a human.
🌊 Persuasive Writing: Environment
- Governments should advocate for the use of renewable energy sources.
- Garbage recycling should be obligatory.
- Humanity should take rainforest conservation more seriously.
- Urban areas should implement environment-friendly design and policies .
- There is a connection between waste management and global warming.
- If proper measures are not taken, the loss of biodiversity in coral reefs will be devastating .
- Greta Thunberg is the voice of her generation . The girl’s letter to the UN was one of the most discussed events of 2019. Talk about why her call to enhance environmental protection is more than timely.
- Sustainable clothing is the best fashion trend in 2023.
- Poor farming technologies accelerate climate change .
- Water pollution will soon become a more significant issue than air pollution.
- Environmental conservation is an essential element of economic growth in developing countries .
- First-world countries should implement a carbon tax.
- It is impossible to decrease environmental pollution without severe damage to the world’s economy .
- Weather forecasts are too inaccurate.
- Climate change trends have made the risk of natural disasters worse.
🌽 Persuasive writing: Food
- Parents in America should take better care of their children’s diets . Childhood obesity is a growing concern in the US.
- Healthy eating is more important than exercise.
- Overeating junk food affects mental health.
- Restaurants should be transparent about the nutritional value of the food they serve.
- There is no harm in consuming GMOs .
- Addiction to sugar can be worse than drug addiction.
- The fast-food industry isn’t entirely responsible for consumers’ health . It is up to every individual to take care of their diet.
- Food is not just fuel; it’s a leisure experience .
- Schools must provide students with healthy food options.
- Intuitive eating is the best diet.
- The downsides of sugar substitutes aren’t thoroughly researched .
- Being underweight is more dangerous than being overweight.
- Social and psychological factors have a notable role in obesity development .
- Eating meat is bad for health.
- Food supplements are harmful.
🕹 Persuasive Writing: Video Games
- Violence in video games causes behavioral problems in kids .
- Board games will never go out of fashion.
- Playing computer games can develop one’s cognitive skills .
- Game addiction is a more prominent concern than most of us realize.
- Virtual reality can disrupt one’s social skills .
- Children should have limited access to certain video games.
- There is no place for gaming in education.
- Certain video games can be beneficial for human health and brains.
- Hunger Games should not have been turned into a franchise.
- Gaming will become the most popular leisure activity in 30 years.
- You can earn a fortune by playing online games.
- Video games have multiple adverse effects on children .
- Gaming is just a way to escape reality.
- First-person shooter games improve one’s reaction and reflexes.
- Playing video games too much affects one’s academic and life performance.
🔌 Persuasive Writing: Technology
- Siri is the best example of publicly available Artificial intelligence .
- Computer science classes at school should incorporate beginner-level software engineering.
- Internet is humanity’s greatest invention.
- E-learning in medicine is still too expensive .
- Nowadays, nobody’s personal data is protected.
- If World War III happens, it will be a war of modern technology and information, not nuclear power.
- Genetically modified organisms are science’s big mistake.
- Cloning should be illegal.
- Cell phone addiction will soon become humanity’s worst challenge.
- Cyberbullying leads to drug and alcohol abuse among the youth .
- Robots will never be able to replace humans .
- Technology can help individuals with learning disabilities .
- Drones are an invasion of privacy and should be illegal.
- Apple is the best technology brand on the market.
- Data mining is an essential part of every company’s marketing strategy .
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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
Updated, March 2, 2017 | We published an updated version of this list, “401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing,” as well as a companion piece, “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.” We also now have a PDF of these 200 prompts .
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What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?
Our annual Student Editorial Contest invites you to write an evidence-based persuasive piece on an issue that matters to you. To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.
Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence.
So skim the list below to think about the topic you’d most like to take on.
For more information, here are links to our spring 2014 editorial-writing contest , a list of winners from that contest and a related lesson plan on argumentative writing .
- Is Cheating Getting Worse?
- Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?
- Does Your School Hand Out Too Many A’s?
- Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested?
- Should Reading and Math Be Taught in Gym Class Too?
- How Seriously Should We Take Standardized Tests?
- How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?
- Do You Spend Too Much Time Preparing for Standardized Tests?
- Should Schools Offer Cash Bonuses for Good Test Scores?
- Should We Rethink How Long Students Spend in High School?
- Do Schools Provide Students With Enough Opportunities to Be Creative?
- What Are You Really Learning at School?
- How Important Is Arts Education?
- Does Gym Help Students Perform Better in All Their Classes?
- Who Should Be Able to See Students’ Records?
- Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education?
- What Is the Right Amount of Group Work in School?
- Is Your School Day Too Short?
- Do You Think a Longer School Calendar Is a Good Idea?
- Should the Dropout Age Be Raised?
- Should Students Be Allowed to Skip Senior Year of High School?
- How Does Your School Deal With Students Who Misbehave?
- Should Schools Be Allowed to Use Corporal Punishment?
- How Big a Problem Is Bullying or Cyberbullying in Your School or Community?
- How Should Schools Address Bullying?
- Should Schools Put Tracking Devices in Students’ ID Cards?
- What Do You Think of Grouping Students by Ability in Schools?
- Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?
- Does Class Size Matter?
- Should All Students Get Equal Space in a Yearbook?
- Is Prom Worth It?
- How Important Are Parent-Teacher Conferences?
- Should All Children Be Able to Go to Preschool?
- Should Colleges Use Admissions Criteria Other Than SAT Scores and Grades?
- What Criteria Should Be Used in Awarding Scholarships for College?
- Do You Support Affirmative Action?
- Do College Rankings Matter?
- How Necessary Is a College Education?
- Should Engineers Pay Less for College Than English Majors?
Technology and Social Media
- Are the Web Filters at Your School Too Restrictive?
- Does Technology Make Us More Alone?
- Are You Distracted by Technology?
- Do Apps Help You or Just Waste Your Time?
- Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smart Phones Playing ‘Stupid Games’?
- Has Facebook Lost Its Edge?
- Does Facebook Ever Make You Feel Bad?
- Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired?
- Should People Be Allowed to Obscure Their Identities Online?
- What Should the Punishment Be for Acts of Cyberbullying?
- Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face Learning?
- Do Your Teachers Use Technology Well?
- Should Tablet Computers Become the Primary Way Students Learn in Class?
- Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools?
- Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction?
- How Young Is Too Young for an iPhone?
- Should Companies Collect Information About You?
- Would You Trade Your Paper Books for Digital Versions?
- Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful to Be Meaningful?
- Do You Worry We Are Filming Too Much?
- Would You Want a Pair of Google’s Computer Glasses?
- How Would You Feel About a Computer Grading Your Essays?
- What Role Will Robots Play in Our Future?
- How Many Text Messages Are Too Many?
- How Much Do You Trust Online Reviews?
Arts and Media: TV, Music, Video Games and Literature
- Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies?
- Do TV Shows Like ‘16 and Pregnant’ Promote or Discourage Teenage Pregnancy?
- Does TV Capture the Diversity of America Yet?
- Is TV Too White?
- Is TV Stronger Than Ever, or Becoming Obsolete?
- Does Reality TV Promote Dangerous Stereotypes?
- What Current Musicians Do You Think Will Stand the Test of Time?
- What Artists or Bands of Today Are Destined for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
- What Musician, Actor or Author Should Be a Superstar, but Hasn’t Quite Made It Yet?
- Will Musical Training Make You More Successful?
- Should Video Games Be Considered a Sport?
- Should Stores Sell Violent Video Games to Minors?
- Can a Video Game Be a Work of Art?
- Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?
- When Should You Feel Guilty for Killing Zombies?
- What Game Would You Like to Redesign?
- What Were the Best Movies You Saw in the Past Year?
- To What Writer Would You Award a Prize?
- Do You Prefer Your Children’s Book Characters Obedient or Contrary?
- Where Is the Line Between Truth and Fiction?
- Can Graffiti Ever Be Considered Art?
- Do We Need Art in Our Lives?
- What Makes a Good Commercial?
- Why Did a Cheerios Ad Attract So Many Angry Comments Online?
- Does Pop Culture Deserve Serious Study?
- Do Parents Have Different Hopes and Standards for Their Sons Than for Their Daughters?
- Is School Designed More for Girls Than Boys?
- Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have ‘Perfect’ Bodies?
- How Much Pressure Do Boys Face to Have the Perfect Body?
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Is It O.K. for Men and Boys to Comment on Women and Girls on the Street?
- What Should We Do to Fight Sexual Violence Against Young Women?
- How Do You Feel About Rihanna and Chris Brown Getting Back Together?
- Do Fraternities Promote Misogyny?
- Why Aren’t There More Girls in Leadership Roles?
- Why Aren’t More Girls Choosing to Pursue Careers in Math and Science?
- Should Women Be Allowed to Fight on the Front Lines Alongside Men?
- Do You Believe in Equal Rights for Women and Men?
- Are Women Better at Compromising and Collaborating?
- Do Boys Have Less Intense Friendships Than Girls?
Sports and Athletics
- If Football Is So Dangerous to Players, Should We Be Watching It?
- Should Parents Let Their Children Play Football?
- Should College Football Players Get Paid?
- When Do Pranks Cross the Line to Become Bullying?
- Has Baseball Lost Its Cool?
- Are Some Youth Sports Too Intense?
- Is It Offensive for Sports Teams to Use Native American Names and Mascots?
- Where Should Colleges and Sports Teams Draw the Line in Selling Naming Rights?
- Should Colleges Fund Wellness Programs Instead of Sports?
- Is Cheerleading a Sport?
- How Big a Deal Is It That an N.B.A. Player Came Out as Gay?
- Should There Be Stricter Rules About How Coaches Treat Their Players?
- Should Athletes Who Dope Have to Forfeit Their Titles and Medals?
- Should Sports Betting Be Legal Everywhere?
- Should Home-Schoolers Be Allowed to Play Public School Sports?
- Would You Want a Bike Share Program for Your Community?
Politics and the Legal System
- What Local Problems Do You Think Your Mayor Should Try to Solve?
- If You Were Governor of Your State, How Would You Spend a Budget Surplus?
- When Is the Use of Military Force Justified?
- What Is More Important: Our Privacy or National Security?
- California Notice
- Should the U.S. Be Spying on Its Friends?
- Do You Trust Your Government?
- What Do You Think of the Police Tactic of Stop-and-Frisk?
- Do Rich People Get Off Easier When They Break the Law?
- Should Rich People Have to Pay More Taxes?
- Do Laws That Ban Offensive Words Make the World a Better Place?
- Is It Principled, or Irresponsible, for Politicians to Threaten a Shutdown?
- Do Leaders Have Moral Obligations?
- Do Great Leaders Have to Be Outgoing?
- How Should We Prevent Future Mass Shootings?
- Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?
- Would You Feel Safer With Armed Guards Patrolling Your School?
- What Is Your Relationship With Guns?
- Do You Support or Oppose the Death Penalty?
- When Should Juvenile Offenders Receive Life Sentences?
Parenting and Childhood
- Do We Give Children Too Many Trophies?
- When Do You Become an Adult?
When Should You Be Able to Buy Cigarettes, Drink Alcohol, Vote, Drive and Fight in Wars?
- Should the Morning-After Pill Be Sold Over the Counter to People Under 17?
- Should Birth Control Pills Be Available to Teenage Girls Without a Prescription?
- Is Modern Culture Ruining Childhood?
- Are Adults Hurting Young Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?
- How, and by Whom, Should Children Be Taught Appropriate Behavior?
- What Can Older People Learn From Your Generation?
- Do ‘Shame and Blame’ Work to Change Teenage Behavior?
- How Should Children Be Taught About Puberty and Sex?
- Is Dating a Thing of the Past?
- How Should Parents Handle a Bad Report Card?
- Should Children Be Allowed to Wear Whatever They Want?
- How Should Educators and Legislators Deal With Minors Who ‘Sext’?
- Do You Think Child Stars Have It Rough?
Health and Nutrition
- Is Smoking Still a Problem Among Teenagers?
- Are Antismoking Ads Effective?
- Is Drinking and Driving Still a Problem for Teenagers?
- Do You Think a Healthier School Lunch Program Is a Lost Cause?
- How Concerned Are You About Where Your Food Comes From?
- Is It Ethical to Eat Meat?
- Do You Prefer Your Tacos ‘Authentic’ or ‘Appropriated’?
- Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?
- Should Marijuana Be Legal?
- Should Students Be Required to Take Drug Tests?
Personal Character and Morality Questions
- Do Bystanders Have a Responsibility to Intervene When There is Trouble?
- Should You Care About the Health and Safety of Those Making Your Clothing?
- Can Money Buy You Happiness?
- Does Buying and Accumulating More and More Stuff Make Us Happier?
- Are We Losing the Art of Listening?
- Do People Complain Too Much?
- Can Kindness Become Cool?
- Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
- How Important Is Keeping Your Cool?
- When Should You Compromise?
- Is Your Generation More Self-Centered Than Earlier Generations?
- Can You Be Good Without God?
- Have Curse Words Become So Common They Have Lost Their Shock Value?
- What Words or Phrases Should Be Retired in 2014?
- What Words or Phrases Do You Think Are Overused?
- Should Couples Live Together Before Marriage?
- How Important Do You Think It Is to Marry Someone With the Same Religion?
- How Long Is It O.K. to Linger in a Cafe or Restaurant?
- Does Keeping a Messy Desk Make People More Creative?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- Should Scientists Try to Help People Beat Old Age So We Can Live Longer Lives?
- Given Unlimited Resources, What Scientific or Medical Problem Would You Investigate?
- When Is It O.K. to Replace Human Limbs With Technology?
- Do You Think Life Exists — or Has Ever Existed — Somewhere Besides Earth?
- Should Fertilized Eggs Be Given Legal ‘Personhood’?
- How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?
- Is It Wrong for a Newspaper to Publish a Front-Page Photo of a Man About to Die?
- What Causes Should Philanthropic Groups Finance?
- Should Charities Focus More on America?
- Should the Private Lives of Famous People Be Off Limits?
- Did a Newspaper Act Irresponsibly by Publishing the Addresses of Gun Owners?
- Would You Rather Work From Home or in an Office?
- What Time Should Black Friday Sales Start?
- Do You Shop at Locally Owned Businesses?
- How Much Does Your Neighborhood Define Who You Are?
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Argumentative prompts – 200
So i was thinking about doing a topic of Nuclear War for school and i am not able to take and find it on here does anyone know were i can find it?
Many of these questions aren’t at all appropriate for someone writing a persuasive speech. Take the question about life existing other than on earth. The only argument that should convince anyone that life exists other than on earth would use definitive scientific evidence. And if we had that, there wouldn’t be an argument in the first place.
Regarding the section on Gender Issues:
Where are the questions regarding transgender teens or adults? Where are the questions regarding sexuality? Where are the questions regarding whether or not gender roles have an impact on teens? Where are the questions regarding society’s view on the LGBT(etc.) community?
Hi Tasha, We have touched on all of these issues on the blog numerous times, but for this collection of questions, we only highlighted those asked in a way that most naturally led to argumentative writing. But, for example, we have a whole collection on teaching about LGBT issues here, and we ask questions and run lesson plans around aspects of teenage sexuality regularly. (For instance, just off the top of my head, here , here , here , here , here, here , here and here .) But we’re always open to suggestions, so let us know what else you’d like to see. –Katherine
I have another persuasive argument-should students have recess in junior high?
Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks? Have you ever seen an image of a model in a magazine and thought to yourself “wow, I wish I looked that remarkable”? You are not the only one. They are perfect, however, the images we view of these women and men are 99.9% not how they actually look. They use a tremendous amount of photoshop to create a look they could not even achieve themselves. Yes, looking at these images have an outcome of someone staring unhappily in the mirror, not seeing perfect skin and chiseled abs. Looking at perfect people in pictures for hours and then looking at yourself, you seem to come across every blemish and fault that the models in the pictures did not have. Having the idea that you could never look as flawless as the unreal people in magazines does have the power to lower your self-esteem. You do not really know how bad you feel about your looks until you see teeth as bright as the sun, the perfect coke bottle shape, and the flawless sun kissed skin in your favorite magazine. Photoshopped images make you look and feel better, but then again it portrays an unrealistic person that is hardly yourself. Everyone has flaws and with this photoshop madness, the flaws are erased. With no flaws in these images there is no limit to how far someone will go to get that level of perfection, even though that level is unachievable because a great deal of lightening, smoothing, and shrinking has been added to the image. The more photoshop is being used to clear up insecurities; the more it is just adding to ours. If you see before and after photos, you will realize that people in the photoshopped images are not as perfect as they claim to be. And we should not feel bad about ourselves because of this, but we do. Seeing how a size 10 model can be photoshopped down to a size 1 is ridiculous. How can wrinkles vanish inconspicuously, uneven skin tones be evened out, dark circles erased, and stretch marks blurred? In real life this is not possible to be completely without a blemish or flaw. So, when we see all of these photoshopped images we start putting our heads down in shame knowing we cannot look as impeccable as these fake images display. Altering images to try and fit the society’s way of how people should look is nonsense. We will never look like that and it is just making people self-esteem worse because we will go to the end of the world and back to figure out every secret to acquire glowing skin and youthful looking skin like the individuals in our magazine. But the secret is all in the image, it is a little thing called photoshop and it is ruining the way we look at ourselves.
Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks? Have you ever seen an image of Kim Kardashian in a magazine and thought to yourself “wow, I wish I looked that remarkable”? You are not the only one to think in this fantasizing way. Kim is perfect; however, the images we view of her are 99.9% retouched. Photographers use a tremendous amount of photoshop to create a look of pure perfection they could not achieve themselves. Yes, looking at these images has an outcome of staring unhappily in the mirror, not seeing perfect skin and chiseled abs. Looking at perfect people in pictures for hours and then looking at yourself, you seem to come across every blemish and fault that the models in the pictures did not have. Having the idea buried in your mind that you could never look as flawless as the unreal people in magazines does have the power to lower your self-esteem. You do not really know how bad you feel about your looks until you see teeth as bright as the sun, the perfect coke bottle shape, and the flawless sun kissed skin on your idle, in your favorite magazine. Photoshopped images make them look and feel better about themselves, but then again it portrays an unrealistic person that is hardly close to the real you. Everyone has flaws and with this photoshop madness, the flaws are erased. With no flaws in these images there is no limit to how far someone will go to get that level of perfection, even though that level is unachievable because a great deal of lightening, smoothing, and shrinking has been added to the image. The more images being photoshopped to clear up insecurities; the more insecurity there is being piled on the viewers. If you see before and after photos, you will realize that people in the photoshopped images are not as perfect as they claim to be. And we should not feel bad about ourselves because of this, but we do. Seeing how a size 10 model can be photoshopped down to a size 1 is ridiculous. How can wrinkles vanish inconspicuously, uneven skin tones be evened out, dark circles erased, and stretch marks blurred? In real life this is not possible to be completely without a blemish or flaw. So, when we see all of these photoshopped images we start putting our heads down in shame knowing we cannot look as impeccable as these fake images display. Altering images to try and fit into society’s way of how people should look is nonsense. We will never look like that and it is just making people self-esteem worse because we will go to the end of the world and back to figure out every secret to acquire glowing and youthful looking skin like the individuals in our magazine. But the secret is all in the image, it is a little thing called photoshop and it is ruining the way we look at ourselves.
Carly H & Maggie W Galvin Middle School Canton, MA 02021
Should student be able to wear whatever they want?
Many adults argue there is a line between skimpy and sweet. More than 75 % of schools in the United States have issued dress codes that limit what boy and girls are allowed to wear on school grounds. Unless schools are supplying uniforms or paying money for students’ wardrobes we believe schools should not have a say. Although many teachers would say middle school and high school students’ choice of clothing is rather inappropriate and distracting, almost all parents and students would beg to differ. As middle schoolers we strongly believe schools have taken away students right to express themselves. Middle school and high school age kids are just starting to come out of their shells. Some students feel more comfortable in their own clothes than they would feel in a uniform. Nowadays students have been bullied due to what they are wearing. Kids have been called “ugly” or “weird” and “gay”. Kids want to fit in and wear the newest styles. It seems though these styles have been getting skimpier and skimpier. Letting a child wear clothing of their choice it can boost their self confidence. We feel that as long as your parents let you out of the house the way that you are dressed then the schools should not have a say. About 63% percent of kids in middle school get bullied because of what they are wearing. Without a dress code students have that chance to fit in and develop a personal style. Many teachers and faculty believe schools without dress codes have lower test scores. People say that these low test scores can be because students are dressing inappropriately. Dressing inappropriately can distract other students and faculty. Some people have a hard time paying attention in school and then skimpy clothing can just make it worse. One theory suggests that students who wear uniforms and who don’t not have freedom to wear what they want get better grades in school. Even though wearing uniforms might seem like it can solve all problems no matter what people choose to do clothing will always be a debate in schools. All in all wearing whatever you want has its advantages but also disadvantages. When you have the freedom to wear what you want there is always going to be the kids that take that for granted. But then having that freedom can be a way for children to fit in and express themselves. We believe that students should be able to wear whatever they want.
Colleen B. Sofia C. Galvin Middle School Canton, MA 02021
Why women are not pursuing careers in the S.T.E.M. field.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Throughout history humans haven’t been treated equally, most of this injustice has to do with sex, race, or ethnicity. As humanity has developed we have created rights for the discrimination. Women have always been thought as the inferior gender, however as time has progressed women have earned more rights. Unfortunately many women still think of themselves as secondary.
One reason the majority of female has not been choosing careers in math and science has to do with encouragement. Repetition builds a muscle, a muscle builds a habit and habit builds a character that sticks. If children are not encourage from a young age, or don’t get exposed to S.T.E.M. careers, their mind has already been developed and is not focused on exploring the science and math fields. Most children of this generation are steered toward sports from a young age, which does not allow females in particular to see a variety of career options in their future. Its not that the majority of women don’t want to work in the S.T.E.M. field but their upbringing does not promote these callings.
Throughout history, women have always been stereotyped as the inferior gender. Women are usually thought as less intelligent and are relegated to lower paying jobs. Females in the past have had a very small work selection. From the 1950s to the 1970s, women commonly had two job options, becoming a teacher or a nurse. However, as time has progressed women have begun to expand their career choices but still make less than males. The Media can make a big impact on how women are seen through pop culture.
Even though statistics state that the percentage of females in the S.T.E.M. field has decreased, people still believe that our country has a stable science and math field. Many believe that in our future, the science fields will open up to women population more. This may be true but the fields are already open for females to enter. However, the majority of females still do not choose to pursue these careers.
Just as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Until more women explore the S.T.E.M. fields we can never quite tell how strong and intelligent women are.
Is Prom Worth it?
As teenagers we all want to have one perfect night, especially girls. For us prom is the only chance to have a complete Cinderella dream. You wait all these years until the day finally comes, dress hunting. That’s the moment when you doubt and say the unspeakable, “Is prom worth it?” Some might say yes while others may say no whatever the reason is the glitz or the thought of getting rejected. People come in and out of our lives, but many articles say this is our last chance to be with our peers. It isn’t really because there is still graduation but to have a lot of fun with our peers, proms the night. In that one night you become the person you were when you walked into to high school for the first time and now you get to leave as the person you have become. In high school you change, you make new types of choices and maybe become mature. Sometimes in growing up we forget the things that makes us, us and in this night you get a chance to remember and become that graduating class that you were always meant to be. To some people they still say no, however I think it is still worth it. Other articles say that prom is a big memorable moment. You all fall into places like in a story, there is a king and queen and moments to remember. Moments aren’t only captured in pictures but in places, in our minds, in people, in heartbeats. These moments are what brings a class together and helps us say, “Don’t you remember…” This will definitely be something you will remember. Many of us want to do everything, trying anything, and do them with the people they love. We have choices in our lives which sometimes get’s in the way of doing things but is prom a choice which helps us accomplish this? About twenty five percent of the teen population don’t attend prom. Some might not want to go after seeing the price on the dress tag or the ticket itself. Most families spend about a thousand one hundred thirty nine dollars. For most families this is a lot and people don’t plan to spend this much unless it’s their wedding. In this economy college tuition also seems a lot to families and this seems like an unnecessary expense. Despite the cost and the drama that prom brings on, it is a night to remember. From the moment you meet your date to the moment the limo picks you up there is a story to be told within.
• //learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/is-prom-worth-it/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 • //www.lifeway.com/Article/parenting-teens-family-Prom-in-Perspective
Grace K and John A Galvin Middle School Canton MA 02021
School Dress Codes . In middle schools and high schools all over the country, administrators are punishing children for their clothing choices. The reason for this being that girl specifically, dress too provocatively. Therefore, stricter dress codes are being enforced, but is it worth it? It isn’t appropriate for anyone besides a child’s parents to tell them what they can and can not wear. Period. Most people buy their kids shorter, smaller and lighter clothes for the warmer months, spending their own hard earned money. For a public school to then proceed to tell those parents that their child is not permitted to wear that clothing on school grounds, where they spend over 7 hours of their day, just isn’t right. If a child’s legal guardian is perfectly fine with their kids wearing a pair of “short-shorts” then why should a school policy be allowed to them they can’t? Especially when the school isn’t providing uniforms or money to buy clothing that fit into their particular dress codes. Another reason why schools shouldn’t enforce such strict dress codes is because of basic human rights. Freedom of expression, by definition, is the right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other communication. For centuries, clothing has been one of those forms of other communication. To deny people their rights is illegal, no matter what age, race, or sex and schools not allowing students to wear clothing of their choice is no exception. Besides it being against the law, schools are supposed to encourage kids to be themselves, stand up for what they believe in, and help them find their identities. One of the best ways for our country’s youth to accomplish these things is to allow them to be as unique and personal with their clothes as possible. If this means letting a child wear a tank top with straps that are less than 3 inches wide, so be it. Many people don’t want to give kids, girls in particular; the freedom to wear whatever they want to school because they think it will be too much of a distraction for boys. While I agree with that, I think it is more important for children to be able to express themselves freely. Besides that, who’s to say that girls aren’t distracted by the clothing that boys wear? There are almost no restrictions or limitations towards the clothing that boys are allowed to wear yet there are several for girls. It shouldn’t be a female student’s problem that some young boys get too “distracted” by what they wear when boys are hardly even affected by the dress code at schools anyways. In conclusion, school dress codes are harsh and unnecessary and should be lessened at the least. Plenty of people agree with this as well as disagree. Hopefully, schools will see the error of their ways and adjust their clothing policies, as they are currently unfair and too strict for many different reasons.
Colleen B. Sofia C. Galvin Middle School Canton, MA 02021 Why women are not pursuing careers in the S.T.E.M. field. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Throughout history humans haven’t been treated equally, most of this injustice has to do with sex, race, or ethnicity. As humanity has developed we have created rights for the discrimination. Women have always been thought as the inferior gender, however as time has progressed women have earned more rights. Unfortunately many women still think of themselves as secondary. One reason the majority of female has not been choosing careers in math and science has to do with encouragement. Repetition builds a muscle, a muscle builds a habit and habit builds a character that sticks. If children are not encourage from a young age, or don’t get exposed to S.T.E.M. careers, their mind has already been developed and is not focused on exploring the science and math fields. Most children of this generation are steered toward sports from a young age, which does not allow females in particular to see a variety of career options in their future. Its not that the majority of women don’t want to work in the S.T.E.M. field but their upbringing does not promote these callings. Throughout history, women have always been stereotyped as the inferior gender. Women are usually thought as less intelligent and are relegated to lower paying jobs. Females in the past have had a very small work selection. From the 1950s to the 1970s, women commonly had two job options, becoming a teacher or a nurse. However, as time has progressed women have begun to expand their career choices but still make less than males. The Media can make a big impact on how women are seen through pop culture. Even though statistics state that the percentage of females in the S.T.E.M. field has decreased, people still believe that our country has a stable science and math field. Many believe that in our future, the science fields will open up to women population more. This may be true but the fields are already open for females to enter. However, the majority of females still do not choose to pursue these careers. Just as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Until more women explore the S.T.E.M. fields we can never quite tell how strong and intelligent women are. -//learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/why-arent-more-girls-choosing-to-pursue-careers-in-math-and-science/ -//www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept09/vol67/num01/Encouraging-Girls-to-Pursue-Math-and-Science.aspx
Should cyber-bullying laws be passed?
Cyber-bullying is extremely serious, no one should suffer from cyber-bullying, those doing the bullying should not get away with it they need to be punished. More laws on cyberbullying and punishments need to be passed. If cyber bullying doesn’t get prevented it will drastically increase over the years due to the progress of new technology. Cyberbullying is cruel and hurtful, it can cause depression, thoughts of suicide and low self esteem. Anna Maria Chavez the chief executive officer of girl scouts once said “unless and until our society recognizes cyberbullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue.” Hurtful words take a toll on the individual, at times they may feel worthless and believe the world would be a better place without them. In the United States 49 states have bullying laws only 19 states include cyberbullying, meaning 31 states have yet passed a cyberbullying law. How much longer until more cyberbullying laws are passed? How many more lives will be lost? Each year over 13 million individuals are bullied, there are about 4,400 deaths in the United States by suicide those being bullied have a greater chance to be one of those individuals. No one should be cyber bullied, bullies need to be punished for their actions. Megan Meier from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri committed suicide on October 17, 2006 at the age of 13 due to cyberbullying. After Megan’s death, her mother Tina Meier urged that Megans bully must be punished, and was able to get “Megans Law” passed which protects individuals from harassment on social networking sites. The majority of parents plead for more cyberbullying laws, why aren’t they passing? Therefore each state should pass laws preventing cyberbullying and punishments for bullies. Bullying is a stab in the heart after the constant fighting,trying to get through the pain, the heart gives up as the individual cannot take it anymore. Katherine Jenkins, a classical crossover singer has said “children should be able to live free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand.” Cyber Bullying must end before it´s too late.
Sources The Associated Press. “Mother Wants Maximum Penalty in Cyberbullying Case.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2008. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. //www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/us/29internet.html?ref=meganmeier “About Tina Meier.” Megan Meier Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. //www.meganmeierfoundation.org/about-tina-meier.html “State Cyberbullying Laws.” N.p., Feb.-Mar. 2014. Web. Feb.-Mar. 2014. < //www.cyberbullying.us/Bullying_and_Cyberbullying_Laws.pdf>. “Bullying and Suicide.” Bullying Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. //www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html Jenkins, Katherine. “Beatbullying’s The Big March 2012.” Beatbullying’s The Big March 2012. Feb.-Mar. 2014. Address. Chavez, Anna Maria. “Confronting Cyber Violence in the Digital Age.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 25 Apr. 2013. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. //www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-maria-chavez/confronting-cyber-violenc_b_3157086.html
It can’t be worked out systematically. Young people need to leap beyond the assumption that at 18 they can do everything; buy cigarettes, drink alcohol, vote, drive and fight in wars—but it actuality, not until they’re 21.
Young people need to be protected by law since a majority is ignorant of the consequences that follow every decision. Anemona Hartocollis found that many young people thought they weren’t mature enough in making life-or-death decisions before 21. It not only applied to drinking and smoking, but combat as well. When both parties are in agreement that one is in need of guidance, justifies raising the age limit, making it equivalent, provides consistency.
Dealing with consumption, privileges and the civic engagement, privileges are the least controversial of the three. At 16, young people can receive their license. There should be regulations—which some states have already implemented. The ‘We Check to Protect-Vertical Identification Program’ requires those under 21 a vertical (portrait) style driver’s license (Johnson). This ensures health and safety of young people as reminder for teenagers, parents, businesses, law enforcement, retailers and merchants.
Buying cigarettes and drinking alcohol is next controversial. Enforcing an age limit is virtually impossible (by society’s standards, since keeping up with our standard of living in our culture of instant gratification, where underage this that and the other, are the best things these days) it wouldn’t make a difference. It would receive outcry.
“If [loved ones] condone it, then… it’s acceptable,” says Patrick Brown who sought the consultation of his mother before enlisting. Even though it may not be idealistic with underage consumption, ‘Older adults with the benefit of a lot of hindsight might tend to agree’ (Hartocollis).
Immaturity extends beyond a person’s legal entrance into adulthood. Cheryl G. Healton, dean of Global Health at N.Y.U. says, “The executive function [of the brain]…is really not fully developed until…over 21” (Hartocollis). If, through someone else’s experience, has better knowledge about these issues, then the government raising the age limit to 21, for a majority of them, is right when young people aren’t fully prepared to comprehend such actions psychologically.
Some will argue about the consistency. Keeping the age limit to drive at 16, treating them like minors until 21, and raising it to 21 for the other issues, will receive different levels of criticism. It’s simpler to have a bit of difference than to have no congruity.
Buying cigarettes, drinking alcohol, voting, driving and fighting in wars shouldn’t be given freedom until 21. Young people are supposed to make mistakes and everyone is a life lesson learned. We don’t want to be guilty by association of not trying to prevent such lessons learned at severe expenses and/or too early.
Hartocollis, Anemona. “Smoking? Combat? Wait Till 21, Young Recruits Say.” New York Times [New York] 23 Apr 2013, early ed. A19. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. < //www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/health/smoking-combat-wait-until-21-to-decide-young-recruits-say.html>.
Johnson, Ruth. Michigan. Department of State. Vertical Driver’s License Helps with Age Verification!. State of Michigan, 2003. Web. < //www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1627_8669-70561–,00.html>.
Are we Ever Without God?
People often wonder “Can we be good without God?” . It’s a common question; one may argue that there are good atheists all around us. This is true, even by Christian standards; there are atheists practice good deeds and some who practice evil deeds, just like there are Christians who practice good deeds and some who practice evil deeds. Some atheists give to the poor, help those in jail, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and do other things a good Christian should do. Being an atheist does not always equate to being an immoral or bad person. So yes you can be good and you can do this without believing in God. What is God, is there a single definition or are there multiple? According to Roman Catholic belief, what we refer to as God is an all powerful deity consisting of The Father, the son, and the Holy spirit. A common understanding of this God, to many non-Christians is the guy in the white garb standing on the clouds with the beard and sandals;this is not the sole image of God. God is all powerful, so why would ‘he’ maintain one form for all the 7 billion plus people on earth now, not to mention all the people who have come before us? In truth God is all things good, God is happiness, God is love, God is faith, God is truth and God is compassion. Truly whatever religion whatever race what ever culture, if you are just and honest and practice these things then God is with you. So The more prevalent question here instead of can you be good without god is: are people ever without God?
God is not bound to human form nor is God bound to any of the laws of physics or reality that are recognized by modern day science(Proverbs 15:3) This means that God can and does appear in a multitude of forms and situations. We must be careful not to put God into human restraints: God is not subject to the same terms that we judge our fellow men and women(Job 11:7-9). In this way God is all around us, even inside our hearts. God knows us like we know ourselves because we all have a little piece of God in ourselves, this furthers the fact that no one can be without God. Even people who are commonly considered immoral or evil have God in them or around them; just because one does not believe in God does not mean God is not present so even murderers and stone cold criminals have God in their life.
God is also all knowing, meaning that god knows the future, the present and the past by “heart”. The argument can be made that if God knows a certain person will go to hell after they die from the beginning why does he not just send them straight to hell? The answer is that life is a journey and if God were to send people straight to hell without giving them a chance to walk the path of life and understand what they are called to do, then it would be extremely unfair. Just because a person is an atheist does not mean they are doomed to hell; actions speak louder than words. It really is true. So if you worship god in your actions but don’t do it in your voice or mind then this still counts as being with God.
God loves all of us; every human to walk this earth have received love from God even if they don’t know it. God has a roundabout way of getting things done. Every Action is weaved into God’s design: running like a perfect machine every action affects somebody,then somebody else then somebody else and so on. God is in fact everywhere and we cannot and will not part unto death. until then there is never a step one person walks without God
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
― John Lennon
Due to the controversial and seemingly almost unique view included in this editorial, there are no New York Times sources that support the ideas expressed. I hope to receive a slight pardon for not having a NY times source. If this essay does not qualify, I understand. N. Skinner
Why does society (men and women) tell women that they have to appeal a certain way to the public eye? Women are the most beautiful creation God has made because without women, there wouldn’t be a population to grow to carry out the future. Since this is true who do we as a society tend to present to women that they need to change. keep in thought that we don’t have to make something perfect, if it was already perfect to begin with. In some cases women have always been told what to do or how to appeal a certain way to the public eye. I believe that society’s appeal to the preconceived image of the perfect woman is unjust because no two women are the same and no to women should have to conform to look like one another. Society, both men and women, have been putting pressure on women to have that ‘perfect’ body. From the New York Times, Katherine Schulten had said that “the ads show girls of different races and sizes, and others playing sports in a wheelchair. Each one with the campaign’s slogan: ‘I’m beautiful the way I am.’” This describes how women shouldn’t be discriminated on how their body appears in the public eye. The woman should see herself just as worthy as she sees all the other women. In some circumstances, women have always been told that they have to take the second seat to man. There’s a song that compares women and society, it shows how “we say to girls: ‘You can have ambition but not too much. You should am t be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man’ (Knowles). Throughout this song i can confer that some women are able to handle the pressure of the workplace, whereas other women like the role of being a domestic engineer. However, Maybelline expresses through their campaign that women should indeed wear makeup. Maybelline’s President, David Greenberg, claimed that “makeup helps women feel more comfortable with going out in public.” Mr. Greenberg says that they’re not trying to make women have a false identity, but instead trying to make them have a secure sense of security. Women shouldn’t be judged by their appeal to the public eye. Society needs to stop advertising a certain type of woman, and show all types of women. If a woman were to walk down the street, either she is insecure, obese, and/or depressed, and she were to look up to a beautiful woman on the billboard, shes going to feel more insecure and want to change how she appears. A life of a woman shouldn’t be based on their physical appearance, because every woman is beautiful in their own way and it shouldn’t be hidden due to what society says. – Schulten, Katherine. “Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have ‘Perfect’ Bodies?” The Learning Network Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have Perfect Bodies Comments. New Yorks Times, 03 Oct. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. < //learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/is-there-too-much-pressure-on-girls-to-have-perfect-bodies/>.
Does Technology make us more alone? As a greatness that has increased the way that we perceive the world, technology can be a burden. Unlike the many screen glossed eyes and over exerted thumbs, technology is doing something far worse than hand cramps: it is making the human mind more comfortable with being alone and devoid of human contact. Technology has created, based upon evidence stated by Sherry Turkle, the desire ‘to customize our lives’ through the vast creativity that technology provides. It forces people to only ‘pay attention to what interests them’. But who wouldn’t? People typically pay more attention to the subjects that interest them and would most likely try to find those subjects online where they are easiest to access. Yes, despite increasing our knowledge, it is decreasing our ability to converse with one another. The fear of being judged all gone with eye contact glued to a screen. It is as if no one wants to be bothered by others around them, but is willing to have millions follow them on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Even Sherry Turkle- a psychologist and professor employed at M.I.T- states in her article The Flight from Conversation that ‘people are comforted by being in touch with a lot of people- carefully kept at bay’. This need to be important and loved by a persona is a reassuring concept that provides those two wants without having to deal with actual human emotion. The need for interaction with living, breathing people seems to be cast aside for the more accurate version from a nonliving thing such as a robot. We live in an age where technology is a necessity in life, but it is becoming a way to destroy connecting and feeling emotions from other people, enforcing being alone in a world that is barely real.
“The Flight From Conversation”. New York Times. April 21, 2012. Web. March 2, 2014. //www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=all
Legalize Marijuana Drugs aren’t as harmful as people believe them to be. Marijuana is more helpful than harmful. Statistics state that 88,000 people die from alcohol and more than 480,000 people die from cigars. While less than a hundred people die from the marijuana usage. This drug benefits people with diseases such as cancer. It seems that many people would rather drink alcohol that can become addictive rather than smoke marijuana which is a drug that most people value for medical needs. Marijuana is being legalized in many places for different reasons. In Mexico City officials suggest “Legalization of marijuana, not other drugs.” People smoke the drug instead of having any other addictions such as shopping, sex, tv and video games. In Guatemala, the president has put forward a plan for the government to legalize and sell the drug. While these two places are allowing the drug, majority of the U.S is still against the use of marijuana. “The U.S has rejected legalization as a solution to drug use.” Citizens in the U.S have different emotions about this debate with many citizens not accepting the drug. Marijuana isn’t harmful because it is a natural substance. People should be able to smoke a substance that is natural rather than tobacco which is mixed with a highly addictive substance called nicotine. Allen St. Pierre a Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws agrees that the drug marijuana should be legalized. He stated that he hopes more Americans would legalize it. “Since 1996, 18 states approved marijuana for medical use.” And also “13 states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana, removing the possibility of jail time.” This suggest that many of the world’s population are able to persuade their government that marijuana isn’t as much as an addictive drug as society believes it to be. Marijuana isn’t a harmful substance unless it is laced with another drug. Marijuana has been proven to be a palliative drug and should be legalized in the U.S
Archibold, Randal C. “Americas Coalition Suggests Marijuana Laws Be Relaxed.” New York Times. 18 May. 2013: A.7. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
Gonchar,Michael. Should marijuana be legalized?.Ny times. 31, May 2013. Web. 10, March 2014
Sexual Violence against Young Women According to American Medical Association, Sexual violence and rape are considered the most under reported violent crime. In the Steubenville case 2 high school football players were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. After being found guilty of raping and sending nude images of the girl around, 1 boy got 1 year in juvenile jail and the other boy got 2 years. After the case one of the boys apologized to the victims family stating “No pictures should have been sent around, let alone ever taken.” The fact that the 2 high school boys raped and took pictures shows that we as a society are not teaching the effects and consequences of rape to young adults. According to an article in the New York Times, “the judge of the case noted that the boys could have had far worse punishments and said that this was a cautionary lesson.” The fact that the judge is giving them a cautionary lesson astounds me. Rape is rape and no matter what age the rapists are the consequences should be served based on the crime not their age.
In Ms. Nathman’s article “Raising children who will speak up tot prevent rape, not defend it,” she discusses the “Cult of Masculinity” and how male power and strength are being praised upon especially since these 2 boys were football stars. The teenage boys thought that because they were football stars that they were unstoppable and could get away with anything until they were caught and found guilty. Nathman states that there is often and impulse to “Blame the victim” and that is one thing I disagree with her. There in any case is never an impulse to blame the victim noted on what she was wearing. So the amount of insincerity people are showing to the victim of this case is unbearable. Social media also had a big role on the insincerity people showed the victim.
In my opinion, the work of these college activists is impressive, but we need to do more. I also agree with the college activists saying that colleges and high schools are falling short in educating students about sexual assaults since most young adults are defending the rapists of this case. Also many people are tweeting to the victim that she “ruined their life” when the rapist ruined their own life. “Rape is not a recreational activity. We, as a society, have an obligation to do more to educate our young people about rape. They need to know that it is a horrible crime of violence. And it is simply not ok.” Stated Ohio attorney of the Steubenville case Dr. DeWine.
Guarino, Mark “Steubenville’s Troubling Question: Is Rape Just a Part of ‘Hook-up Culture?’ Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2013 n.p
Oppel, Richard “Ohio Teenagers Guilty in Rape That Social Media Brought to Light”. New York Times, March 17, 2013
Books not Guns
In 2002 at a Arizona university, an irate student shot three professors to death. This event and many other school shootings lead to one of the biggest questions in Arizona’s and other states government and schools… “Should weapons be aloud on campus?” Guns and other weapons should not be permitted in schools and on campuses. They can cause danger to other students and professors. Students or teachers may use them without a cause or for the wrong reasons, and bringing weapons to campus can be the cause of more school shootings. If students bring weapons to school, it can put everyone in that building or on that campus in danger. Students or professors may feel unsafe and not comfortable there, even though a campus is supposed to be a comfortable, friendly environment. Having people on campus able to carry weapons on them can cause students and/or teachers to have violent outburst. For example, if the student thinks it’s unfair to have an assessment or finds the material they are learning too difficult, they might use their weapon upon the teacher. The number of students bringing weapons to school is sky rocketing and the number teachers being threatened by their students is increasing as well. As of now the risk of a student accidentally getting shot or obtaining a gun during a school year has increased by 40 percent in the past four decades. Because of one child carrying a gun on campus, others may feel they can too. “Campus shootouts are a relative rarity, but they do occur. The most notorious shooting at an Arizona university took place in 2002 when a disgruntled nursing student shot three professors to death.” Just from being angry and dissatisfied, she shot the people there to help her. Exactly as Carmen Themar stated, “…and bullets don’t always go where they are aimed.” Taking out your frustration on someone may impact another’s life. The shooting victims most likely have families that are devastated. The anger could cause those certain people to shoot others. A gun shooting is more than just injuring or killing that human; whole families are affected. Guns should stay out of any educational environment because schools are for learning and guns have no purpose to be there.
“Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?” The Learning Network Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
Szabo, Liz. “Guns in the Home Are Proving Deadly for Kids.” //sks.sirs.com . Newspaper USA Today, 29 May 2013. Web.
Is it really worth calling a sport? From experience, I can tell you cheerleading is a sport. Girls train endless, tiring hours each week perfecting a routine that includes a combination of gymnastics, dance, and stunting. Not only do you need a high level of strength and skill, cheerleading offers a high risk of injury. And what is that cheerleading doesn’t have that other sports do? “An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature” is the definition of a sport according to Dictionary.com. Cheerleading exceeds all these criteria. According to the Women’s Sport Foundation, a sport must include a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass, like a football, baseball, or in cheerleading, a person.Of course it takes strength and skill to throw a ball accurately, but to throw a person up into the air takes a tremendous amount of strength. All sports are governed by rules, and have some element of competitiveness. Cheerleading has rules that restrict skills in each level and performance time, and as far as I know, cheerleading is the most competitive sport I’ve ever participated in. Cheerleaders travel the U.S. all year round to compete in different states. There is even a competition called The World Championship that is broadcasted on ESPN. If its broadcasted on television, then its definitely a sport. 65.1% of all catastrophic sports injuries in high school females are from cheerleading, according to livescience.com. So, over half of all injuries in high schools in girls are from cheerleading, so what makes it not a sport? Injuries are sadly common in every sport, and I have experienced one before. As a backspot, my job is to catch and make sure my flyer stays up safely in the air. While putting their safety before mine, I have numerous girls fall on me, especially my head. After many visits to the doctors, I was diagnosed with a concussion. Missing many days of school, I had left my team stranded with one less team member. Injuries really take a toll on life, especially when you play a sport that has a high risk of it occurring. According to, George W. Bush was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Since, cheerleading has grown tremendously. Numerous cheer gyms are opening in every state, why would there be such a demand for them if cheerleading wasn’t a sport. Not only are their gyms continuously opening, but cheerleading is all over the media, television and online shows are dedicated to the sport. So, if you still don’t think cheerleading is a sport, ask cheerleader, and they will tell you countless reasons why it is.
Sources Thomas, Katie. “Cheering Clamors to Be Sport.” The New York Times 22 May 2011: 1-5.
IS Music The Key to Success?
Music. It’s Not Just For Entertainment
Collaboration. Creativity. Discipline. Three important qualities that are hard to come by in society today. As people, we need to find a way to acquire these traits. Many people look to music for entertainment. Unfortunately they are missing the big picture. Music can encourage these desired qualities within us. In fact, many successful people in business, acting and newscasting have been classically trained in music. Coincidence? I think not. Alan Greenspan, a man who served as the chairman of the federal reserve,and grew up playing the clarinet and piano, told the New York Times that he himself, knows that this is no coincidence. “The probability that this is just chance is extremely small.” Greenspan explains. In agreement, many pose the question, “Why does this connection exist?” Most would simply say “It just does.” Paul Allen says otherwise. The co founder of Microsoft has played both the violin and the guitar. He informed the New York Times that at the end of a long day of programming, he would pull his guitar out and play, learning to express himself in a brand new way. The sad part is that music isn’t being taught to many students. In a 2003 Gallup Poll, only 54% of American households said they have have at least one musician. Since 1978, this statistic has dropped by 15%. Sooner or later, there will be nobody playing musicians. Parents have argued that the arts do nothing for our students, but do gym classes really do anything for us? At a small middle school in Holliston Massachusetts, kids are required to take a form of music class. Students can play instruments, sing in the chorus or study general music. Holliston has ranked number 18 in the state. Interestingly, all of the schools ranked ahead of Holliston require music to graduate. In an article in Forbes Magazine, a writer says that if a scientist were to have musical training it would have no relevance on how great a scientist they are. Thus, countering the fact that musical training will lead to success. This may be true but most would agree that listening to music can help us concentrate on work. Music being a branch of performing arts also can give us confidence. SInging in front of a crowd could help with public speaking. Playing an instrument in front of thousands shares the language of melody, sharing our ideas in front of a crowd shares the language of our knowledge. Many instrumentalists refer to music as a “hidden language.” If we believe that languages of countries will help us to be successful, then we believe that the language of music will help too.
Works Cited: Lipman, Joanne. “Is Music the Key to Success?.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. < //www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0> .Ubel, Peter. “An Embarrassingly Unscientific New York Times Op-Ed On Music And Success.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. < //www.forbes.com/sites/peterubel/2014/01/10/an-embarrassingly-unscientific-new-york-times-op-edon-music-and-success/>.
Collaboration. Creativity. Discipline. Three important qualities that are hard to come by in society today. As people, we need to find a way to acquire these traits. Many people look to music for entertainment. Unfortunately they are missing the big picture. Music can encourage these desired qualities within us. In fact, many successful people in business, acting and newscasting have been classically trained in music. Coincidence? I think not. Alan Greenspan, a man who served as the chairman of the federal reserve,and grew up playing the clarinet and piano, told the New York Times that he himself, knows that this is no coincidence. “The probability that this is just chance is extremely small.” Greenspan explains. In agreement, many pose the question, “Why does this connection exist?” Most would simply say “It just does.” Paul Allen says otherwise. The co founder of Microsoft has played both the violin and the guitar. He informed the New York Times that at the end of a long day of programming, he would pull his guitar out and play, learning to express himself in a brand new way. The sad part is that music isn’t being taught to many students. In a 2003 Gallup Poll, only 54% of American households said they have have at least one musician. Since 1978, this statistic has dropped by 15%. Sooner or later, there will be no musicians left. Parents have argued that the arts do nothing for our students, but do gym classes really do anything for us? At a small middle school in Holliston Massachusetts, kids are required to take a form of music class. Students can play instruments, sing in the chorus or study general music. Holliston has ranked number 18 in the state. Interestingly, all of the schools ranked ahead of Holliston require music to graduate. In an article in Forbes Magazine, a writer says that if a scientist were to have musical training it would have no relevance on how great a scientist they are. Thus, countering the fact that musical training will lead to success. This may be true but most would agree that listening to music can help us concentrate on work. Music being a branch of performing arts also can give us confidence. SInging in front of a crowd could help with public speaking. Playing an instrument in front of thousands shares the language of melody. Sharing our ideas in front of a crowd shares the language of our knowledge. Many instrumentalists refer to music as a “hidden language.” If we believe that languages of countries will help us to be successful, then we believe that the language of music will help too.
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Argumentative technology essay topics: 30 + ideas for inspiration
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Argumentative technology essay topics: 50+ Ideas and writing hints
Technology evolution is no longer a theory because numerous developments wouldn’t have happened if technology wasn’t a thing. Advancement in technology has brought forth changes in our learning, how we access information, how we do business, and how we communicate and interact. You can explore many topics when writing an argumentative technology essay. It depends on your area of interest. Nowadays, argumentative topics about technology are the most fruitful for persuasive and argumentative essays. This is because we live in an age when technology has penetrated all spheres of human lives.
It has made people depend on it. Technology applications have both positive and negative impacts, which is interesting to consider. Due to the rapid advancement and boost of availability of technology, many issues are still not studied enough. This indicates that the debates over technology are far from being resolved. Hence you can take up any side. It also leaves a space for personal evaluation and speculation. Despite the numerous benefits of the development and application of technology, we should be considerate of the threats it may pose. After all, we are to face its beneficial or harmful, intended or unintended consequences.
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A list of inspiring argumentative essay topics about technology
To compose an excellent argumentative essay, select your topic idea properly. It should be relevant, exciting, and frequently discussed. Besides, it should be controversial enough. Read thoroughly about your topic of choice, develop your own position, and look for enough evidence to support your point of view. If this sounds complicated, that is where our online help comes in handy. You can contact us and tell us, ‘Do my homework for me.’ We will be glad to offer a helping hand. There are several topics for your argumentative technology essay. They will inspire your creativity and imagination. They will also demonstrate your argumentative writing skills in the best light. Some of the argumentative technology essays include the following:
- Parents should limit how long their children should be on the internet.
- Creating new families via social media: increasingly, young people can no longer build new relationships in real life.
- What new policies protecting privacy should be incorporated by social media developers?
- Modern technologies make us helpless if any major crises occur.
- Nanotechnology is a highly prospective trend in medical science.
- Cellphones, email, and chats will always be the same as face-to-face communication.
- Cell phones make people depend on each other.
- Relations between teachers and students on social networking sites: why is it inappropriate to make friends with teachers on the web?
- Texting helps young people do many tasks simultaneously and effectively.
- It should be forbidden to use cell phones while driving.
- Cell phones cause (or do not cause) brain cancer.
- Technology in education: why should online resources and modern technological innovations replace textbooks?
- Parents should be able to correct the undesirable genetics of their unborn children.
- Wearing microchips with personal data is the best way to protect identity.
- Violent video games teach children and teenagers to behave violently.
- Living longer with the help of technological innovation: isn’t it better to improve quality of life rather than quantity?
- Listening to audiobooks involves less imagination than reading books.
- Reading on a screen does more harm to our eyes than reading a conventional book.
- Texting is to blame for poor spelling high rate of grammar mistakes by schoolchildren.
- The next real breakthrough in technology is…
- Traditional books will disappear sooner or later.
- Video games are prospective methods of teaching children in schools.
- 3D printers are not used efficiently nowadays.
- The internet will become obsolete.
- Nanotechnology holds great potential for developing new methods of storing information.
Morality argumentative essay topics
There are multiple argumentative essay topics to help you write your essay. Our ideas are brilliant and will help anyone who needs to write an argumentative essay about their dream. You can also find samples related to different disciplines along with these topics. If you select an idea but find that you cannot write a paper on your own, it is wise to get help from our experts. Some of the morality argumentative essay topics include:
- Is it fair to control the time a teenager spends playing computer games or using the internet?
- Do cameras placed in public places infringe on people’s privacy?
- Should torture be accepted?
- Should people use animal-tested cosmetics and drugs to protect themselves from consequences?
- Do paparazzi violate the private lives of celebrities?
- Is it ethical to tell someone else’s secret to the person involved in that secret?
- Is it a good idea to start a diary?
- Is it fair that social media makes people with no special skills famous and rich?
- Can a person whose spouse is in a coma demand a divorce?
- Should people help the poor?
- Should women who don’t have enough money to live opt for an abortion?
- Do beauty pageants influence the moral values of society in the wrong way?
- Is killing a murderer immoral?
- Does a person with a physically or mentally disabled significant other have a moral right to cheat?
- Should religious groups and organizations have to pay taxes as businesses do?
- Should all clergy people be allowed to marry and have children?
- Should religion be a required course in school?
- Is it moral to refuse to save someone’s life if there is any risk for your own?
Education argumentative essay
ü Should children be taught housekeeping at school?
ü At what age should sex education be introduced at school?
ü Why should there be less or no more homework?
ü Should school teachers and staff members be allowed to socialize with students after school?
ü Does the amount of information we have to learn in school get bigger? Is this a good or bad idea?
ü Do prof-orientation tests help students to decide on a profession?
ü If college education is made accessible, will it be more or less qualitative?
ü Does home schooling undermine a child’s ability to learn how to socialize?
ü Should children be taught at school about gender nonconformity and various types of sexual orientation?
ü If compulsory homework is canceled, would children stop learning at all?
ü Should the grades or gym attendance impact a student’s GPA?
ü Should children be occasionally tested for drugs at school?
ü Are standardized tests a good way to evaluate someone’s knowledge?
ü Should all subjects be optional?
ü If a child doesn’t like the subject, can a school administration absolve them from studying the subject on the parents’ demand?
ü Should colleges and universities have to pay their student-athletes?
ü Should schools require students to say the pledge of alliance?
ü Should public schools allow student-led religious clubs and organizations?
ü Should physical education classes be graded?
ü Should schools require their students to wear school uniforms?
ü Should college students be prohibited from participating in Greek life?
ü Should college and university be free like elementary, middle, and high school?
ü Should music and other types of art be free online?
ü Should art classes be compulsory in school?
ü Is single-sex education better than co-education?
ü Should students who cheat on tests be punished?
ü Should schools abolish homework?
ü Should all students receive free breakfast and lunch at school?
ü Should teachers be held accountable for poor test scores?
ü Is private education too competitive?
ü Should high school students get to choose which classes they take?
ü Should students be required to learn a foreign language?
ü Are standardized tests effective?
ü Should teachers assign grades to students?
ü Should students be allowed to use computers for research when taking tests?
ü Do sports hurt academic performance in teenagers?
ü Is online learning effective?
ü Should high school graduates take a gap year before beginning their careers or going to college?
ü Should teachers earn more money?
ü Should middle, and high school students be required to work part-time?
ü Should college be compulsory for all kids?
ü Should parents be punished if their kids skip school?
ü Should schools allow corporal punishment?
ü Should students have the option of grading their teachers?
ü Should school libraries ban certain books from students?
ü Are schools safer with armed guards?
Family argumentative essay topics
If your child doesn’t like studying, is it acceptable to force them?
- Is it helpful or harmful to give treats to a child when they do well in school?
- Is it irresponsible to have many children?
- Should siblings of different gender be treated the same way by parents?
- At what age should parents allow teenagers to try alcohol?
- Do parents have the right to read their children’s diaries?
- If parents find out their teenage child takes drugs, do they need to apply to specific institutions or settle the problem on their own?
- At what age should gadgets be introduced to children?
- Do parents need to invade their teenage children’s relationships?
- Should parents allow teenagers to have plastic surgery if they don’t have obvious defects?
Art, movie, and literature argumentative essay topics
- Are movies of the 21st century much crueler than movies filmed in the 20th century?
- Should bookstores establish age limitations for certain books?
- Should schools use electronic textbooks to save paper?
- To what extent should movies that depict historical events be accurate?
- Is it acceptable to bring children to exhibitions of a photographer who performs in nude style?
Psychology argumentative essay topics
- What are the central stereotypes of the 21st century? How have they disrupted successful behavioral patterns?
- How do various music styles impact the psychological condition of the same person?
- How should parents teach their children about gender stereotypes?
- How does a person decide between buying things? What has a psychological impact on the buying process?
- What are the main factors of a happy partnership?
- What does it mean to be morally responsible in modern society?
- How can kids who have post-trauma syndrome be healed? Types of therapies for young patients.
- What situations from childhood can have dire consequences in adulthood?
- Which type of mental disorder is an obstacle to living a normal life?
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50 Argumentative Essay Prompts for Secondary ELA
Argument Essay Topics about Technology
- Is social media harmful?
- Is technology making people more dependent?
- Should the Internet be a public utility?
- Is technology more harmful or beneficial?
- Should students be allowed to use phones in class?
- Should schools provide students with laptops?
- Should there be a legal age limit for social media?
- Should the US invest more money in the space program?
- Are teens too reliant on technology?
- Are emojis beneficial or destructive to communication?
Argument Essay Topics about School
- Should the dress code be abolished?
- Is the school dress code sexist?
- Should students be required to wear school uniforms?
- Should school start later?
- Should the school year be year-round?
- Is homework necessary?
- Should students participate in standardized tests?
- Should there be a school voucher system?
- Should schools require physical education?
- Should teachers accept late work?
Argument Essay Topics about the Environment
- Should fracking be banned?
- Should single-use plastic be eliminated?
- Are humans responsible for global climate change?
- Are electric cars as environmentally friendly as they claim to be?
- Is vegetarian food good or bad for the environment?
- Who or what is responsible for deforestation?
- What is the biggest environmental threat?
- Should the US do more to prevent global climate change?
- Can nuclear waste be stored safely?
- Is the US doing enough to reduce CO2 emissions?
Argument Essay Topics about Animals
- Should factory farming be banned?
- Should recreational hunting and fishing be banned?
- Should wild animals be kept in captivity?
- Is animal testing for pharmaceuticals necessary?
- Is animal testing for beauty and skin products necessary?
- Should certain dog breeds be considered illegal?
- How should endangered animals be protected?
- Should people keep exotic animals as pets?
- Who or what is responsible for animal extinction?
- Should farm animals be treated with antibiotics?
Argument Essay Topics about Social and Political Issues
- What should the US do about the refugee crisis?
- Should the death penalty be banned?
- Should the US prison system include for-profit prisons?
- Should Confederate statues and memorials come down?
- Should the US switch to a single-payer health system?
- Should community college be free?
- Should the minimum wage remain the same?
- Should the government regulate big tech companies?
- Should the US participate in reparations?
- Should vaccines be mandatory?
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Persuasive writing topics to help your students become better writers
Persuasive writing is an essential skill that students in primary and elementary school must develop early on. It not only helps them become better writers but also teaches them to think critically and express their ideas.
For young students in particular, it can be challenging to find unique and inspiring persuasive writing topics that will capture the attention and imagination of our students. So today I’ve compiled a list of 10 ideas for persuasive writing topics that are easy, relevant, and sure to inspire your students' creativity and critical thinking skills.
The benefits of teaching persuasive writing in primary/elementary school.
Persuasive writing in primary and elementary school is not only important, but it's also super exciting! It's a fun way to help students develop critical thinking skills, boost their confidence, and encourage creativity.
Teaching students how to persuade others can be a game-changer for their academic and personal lives. By learning how to analyze information and make informed decisions, students will be able to navigate the world around them with greater ease. Furthermore, when students are empowered to express their opinions and back them up with evidence, it can be a transformative experience that boosts their confidence and inspires them to engage more fully in their academic and personal lives.
Similarly, persuasive writing can inspire students to take an active role in the world around them. By teaching them how to take a stance on important issues and participate in public discourse, we can help them become more informed and active citizens who are equipped to make a positive impact on their communities and beyond.
How cute is Miss Grosse’s literacy section in her classroom! When teaching kids about persuasive writing, resources like text types posters shown here are super valuable visual aids.
10 engaging and simple persuasive writing topics for kids.
1. Should students be allowed to bring their own toys to school?
Many students have a favorite toy or stuffed animal that brings them comfort and joy. A persuasive essay could argue that bringing personal items to school could make students feel more at home and improve their overall school experience.
2. Should students be required to do community service?
Community service can be a great way for students to learn about social responsibility and civic engagement. A persuasive essay could argue that requiring community service would help students develop a sense of empathy and responsibility towards their community.
3. Should students be allowed to use social media in school?
Social media has become a prominent part of daily life, especially for young people. A persuasive essay could argue that using social media in school could help students develop their communication skills and keep them connected with peers.
4. Should schools have a composting program?
Composting is an environmentally-friendly way to reduce waste and nourish the soil. A persuasive essay could argue that having a composting program in schools could teach students about sustainability and environmental responsibility.
5. Should schools have a mandatory physical education program?
Physical activity is essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing. A persuasive essay could argue that having a mandatory physical education program in schools could help students develop healthy habits and prevent health problems.
6. Should students be allowed to choose their own books to read for class?
Allowing students to choose their own reading materials can help them develop a love of reading and improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills. A persuasive essay could argue that allowing students to choose their own books could lead to greater engagement and enthusiasm for learning.
7. Should schools have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying?
Bullying can have serious and long-lasting effects on its victims. A persuasive essay could argue that having a zero-tolerance policy for bullying would help create a safer and more inclusive school environment for all students.
8. Should students be allowed to have a say in the school curriculum?
Giving students a say in the school curriculum can help them feel more engaged in their education and allow them to pursue their interests and passions. A persuasive essay could argue that involving students in the curriculum design process would lead to a more personalized and meaningful learning experience.
9. Should students be required to learn about financial literacy in school?
Financial literacy is an important life skill that can help students make informed decisions about money and finances. A persuasive essay could argue that including financial literacy education in the school curriculum would help students develop crucial financial skills and prevent future financial problems.
10. Should students be allowed to have a say in school rules and decision-making?
Giving students a voice in school policies and decision-making can help them feel empowered and engaged in their school community. A persuasive essay could argue that allowing students to participate in school decision-making would lead to a more inclusive and democratic school environment.
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Generative AI is having a moment. ChatGPT and art generators such as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney have proven their potential, and now millions are wracking their brains over how to get their outputs to look something like the vision in their head.
This is the goal of prompt engineering: the skill of crafting an input to deliver a desired result from generative AI.
Despite being trained on more data and computational resources than ever before, generative AI models have limitations . For instance, they’re not trained to produce content aligned with goals such as truth, insight, reliability and originality.
They also lack common sense and a fundamental understanding of the world, which means they can generate flawed (and even nonsensical) content.
As such, prompt engineering is essential for unlocking generative AI’s capabilities. And luckily it isn’t a technical skill. It’s mostly about trial and error, and keeping a few things in mind.
Read more: AI art is everywhere right now. Even experts don't know what it will mean
First, let’s use ChatGPT to illustrate how prompt engineering can be used for text outputs. If it’s used effectively, ChatGPT can generate essays , computer code , business plans , cover letters , poetry , jokes , and more.
Since it’s a chatbot, you may be inclined to engage with it conversationally. But this isn’t the best approach if you want tailored results. Instead, adopt the mindset that you’re programming the machine to perform a writing task for you.
Create a content brief similar to what you might give a hired professional writer. The key is to provide as much context as possible and use specific and detailed language. You can include information about:
- your desired focus, format, style, intended audience and text length
- a list of points you want addressed
- what perspective you want the text written from, if applicable
- and specific requirements, such as no jargon .
If you want a longer piece, you can generate it in steps. Start with the first few paragraphs and ask ChatGPT to continue in the next prompt. If you’re unsatisfied with a specific portion, you can ask for it to be rewritten according to new instructions.
But remember: no matter how much you tinker with your prompts, ChatGPT is subject to inaccuracies and making things up . So don’t take anything at face value. In the example below, the output mentions a “report” that doesn’t exist. It probably included this because my prompt asked it to use only reliable sources .
Midjourney is one of the most popular tools for art generation, and one of the easiest for beginners . So let’s use it for our next example.
Unlike for text generation, elaborate prompts aren’t necessarily better for image generation. The following example shows how a basic prompt combined with a style keyword is enough to create a variety of interesting images. Your style keyword may refer to a genre, art movement, technique, artist or specific work.
The following images were based on the prompt leopard on tree followed by different style keywords. These were (from the top left clockwise) synthwave , hyperrealist , expressionist and in the style of Zena Holloway . Holloway is a British photographer known for capturing her subjects in ethereal and somewhat surreal scenes, most often underwater.
You can also add keywords relating to:
- image qualities, such as “beautiful” or “high definition”
- objects you want pictured
- and lighting and colours.
With Midjourney, you can even use certain specific commands for different features, including ––ar or ––aspect to set the aspect ratio , ––no to omit certain objects, and ––c to produce more “unusual” results. This command accepts values between 0-100 after it, where the default is 0 and 100 leads to the most unusual result.
You can also use ––s or ––stylize to generate more artistic images (at the expense of following the prompt less closely).
The following example applies some of these ideas to create a fantasy image with a dreamlike and futuristic look. The prompt used here was dreamy futuristic cityscape, beautiful, clouds, interesting colors, cinematic lighting, 8k, 4k ––ar 7:4 ––c 25 ––no windows.
Midjourney accepts multiple prompts for one image if you use a double colon. This can lead to results such as the image below, where I provided separate prompts for the owl and plants. The full prompt was oil painting of an ethereal owl :: flowers, colors :: abstract :: wisdom ––ar 7:4 .
A more advanced type of prompting is to include an image as part of the prompt. Midjourney will then take the style of that image into account when generating a new one.
A good way to find inspiration and ideas is to explore the Midjourney gallery and style libraries .
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As generative AI models enter everyday life, prompting skills are likely to become more in-demand , especially from employers looking to get results using AI generators.
Some commentators are asking if becoming a “prompt engineer” may be a way for professionals such as designers, software engineers and content writers to save their jobs from automation, by integrating generative AI into their work. Others have suggested prompt engineering will itself be a career.
It’s hard to predict what role prompt engineering will play as AI models advance.
But it’s almost a given that more sophisticated generators will be able to handle more complex requests, inviting users to stretch their creativity. They will likely also have a better grasp of our preferences, reducing the need for tinkering.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Writing an Essay in 4 Easy Steps
Writing an essay can be daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. However, it doesn’t have to be so difficult! With this comprehensive guide, you will learn how to write an essay in just 4 easy steps. From creating an outline and choosing a format to research and writing your essay, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to write a successful academic essay. So let’s get started!
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Brainstorm your topic, what is an essay, and how can it help you achieve your goals.
An essay is a written composition that expresses a point of view on a particular subject. It is usually divided into several paragraphs and may include research, analysis, and argumentation. Writing an essay can help you achieve your goals by providing you with the tools to effectively communicate your ideas and opinions.
Step 1: Choosing a Topic and Researching the Subject
Writing an essay can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing a topic and researching the subject. To make the process easier, it is important to brainstorm ideas for your essay and then narrow them down. Once you have chosen a topic, you need to do research in order to gather enough information to support your argument.
Researching the subject is essential for writing an effective essay as it helps you understand the topic more thoroughly. You can also use this research to come up with new ideas and angles for your paper. By doing research, you can also ensure that your argument is well-supported by facts and evidence.
Step 2: Develop a Thesis Statement and Outlining Your Argument
A thesis statement is the main point of your essay and outlines what you will be arguing in the paper. It should be concise and clear so that readers understand what they are about to read. On the other hand, outlining your argument helps to organize your thoughts and ideas into an organized structure. This will help readers follow your argument more easily, making it easier for them to draw their own conclusions from the evidence presented in the essay.
By developing a thesis statement and outlining your argument, you can ensure that readers get a clear understanding of what you are trying to say in your essay. With this approach, you can also make sure that all of the points you make are well-supported by evidence from reliable sources.
Step 3: Writing the Introduction and Body Paragraphs
Step 4: editing and proofreading your work.
Editing and proofreading your work is an essential part of the writing process. It is important to ensure that your work is free of errors, typos, and other mistakes before it is published or shared with others.
By editing and proofreading your work effectively, you can ensure that it is error-free and ready for publication or presentation. This article will provide some tips on how to edit your work effectively and proofread it so that you can create a polished final product.
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Writing an essay can seem daunting at first, but following these four easy steps can simplify the process and produce a well-structured and compelling piece of writing. Even hands-on learners can be successful using these simple steps. Remember to start with a clear understanding of the assignment, develop a strong thesis statement, organize your ideas logically, and revise and edit your work for clarity and coherence. By mastering these steps, you can build your confidence as a writer and produce essays that effectively communicate your ideas and engage your readers. So go ahead and start writing – the more you practice, the better you will become!
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At some point, you’re going to be asked to write an argumentative essay. An argumentative essay is exactly what it sounds like—an essay in which you’ll be making an argument, using examples and research to back up your point.
But not all argumentative essay topics are created equal. Not only do you have to structure your essay right to have a good impact on the reader, but even your choice of subject can impact how readers feel about your work.
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of writing argumentative essays, including what argumentative essays are, how to write a good one, and how to pick a topic that works for you. Then check out a list of argumentative essay ideas to help you get started.
What Is an Argumentative Essay?
An argumentative essay is one that makes an argument through research. These essays take a position and support it through evidence, but, unlike many other kinds of essays, they are interested in expressing a specific argument supported by research and evidence.
A good argumentative essay will be based on established or new research rather than only on your thoughts and feelings. Imagine that you’re trying to get your parents to raise your allowance, and you can offer one of two arguments in your favor:
You should raise my allowance because I want you to.
You should raise my allowance because I’ve been taking on more chores without complaining.
The first argument is based entirely in feelings without any factual backup, whereas the second is based on evidence that can be proven. Your parents are more likely to respond positively to the second argument because it demonstrates that you have done something to earn the increased allowance. Similarly, a well-researched and reasoned argument will show readers that your point has a basis in fact, not just feelings.
The standard five-paragraph essay is common in writing argumentative essays, but it’s not the only way to write one. An argumentative essay is typically written in one of two formats, the Toulmin model or the Rogerian model.
The Toulmin model is the most common, comprised of an introduction with a claim (otherwise known as a thesis), with data to support it. This style of essay will also include rebuttals, helping to strengthen your argument by anticipating counterarguments.
The Rogerian model analyzes two sides of an argument and reaches a conclusion after weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Both essay styles rely on well-reasoned logic and supporting evidence to prove a point, just in two different ways.
The important thing to note about argumentative essays as opposed to other kinds of essays is that they aim to argue a specific point rather than to explain something or to tell a story. While they may have some things in common with analytical essays, the primary difference is in their objective—an argumentative essay aims to convince someone of something, whereas an analytical essay contextualizes a topic with research.
What Makes a Good Argumentative Essay?
To write an effective argumentative essay, you need to know what a good one looks like. In addition to a solid structure, you’ll need an argument, a strong thesis, and solid research.
Unlike other forms of essays, you are trying to convince your reader of something. You’re not just teaching them a concept or demonstrating an idea—you’re constructing an argument to change the readers’ thinking.
You’ll need to develop a good argument, which encompasses not just your main point, but also all the pieces that make it up.
Think beyond what you are saying and include how you’re saying it. How will you take an idea and turn it into a complex and well thought out argument that is capable of changing somebody’s mind?
A Strong Thesis
The thesis is the core of your argument. What specific message are you trying to get across? State that message in one sentence, and that will be your thesis.
This is the foundation on which your essay is built, so it needs to be strong and well-reasoned. You need to be able to expand on it with facts and sources, not just feelings.
A good argumentative essay isn’t just based on your individual thoughts, but research. That can be citing sources and other arguments or it can mean direct research in the field, depending on what your argument is and the context in which you are arguing it.
Be prepared to back your thesis up with reporting from scientific journals, newspapers, or other forms of research. Having well-researched sources will help support your argument better than hearsay or assumptions. If you can’t find enough research to back up your point, it’s worth reconsidering your thesis or conducting original research, if possible.
How to Come Up With an Argumentative Essay Topic
Sometimes you may find yourself arguing things you don’t necessarily believe. That’s totally fine—you don’t actually have to wholeheartedly believe in what you’re arguing in order to construct a compelling argument.
However, if you have free choice of topic, it’s a good idea to pick something you feel strongly about. There are two key components to a good argumentative essay: a strong stance, and an assortment of evidence. If you’re interested and feel passionate about the topic you choose, you'll have an easier time finding evidence to support it, but it's the evidence that's most important.
So, to choose a topic, think about things you feel strongly about, whether positively or negatively. You can make a list of ideas and narrow those down to a handful of things, then expand on those ideas with a few potential points you want to hit on.
For example, say you’re trying to decide whether you should write about how your neighborhood should ban weed killer, that your school’s lunch should be free for all students, or that the school day should be cut by one hour. To decide between these ideas, you can make a list of three to five points for each that cover the different evidence you could use to support each point.
For the weed killer ban, you could say that weed killer has been proven to have adverse impacts on bees, that there are simple, natural alternatives, and that weeds aren’t actually bad to have around. For the free lunch idea, you could suggest that some students have to go hungry because they can’t afford lunch, that funds could be diverted from other places to support free lunch, and that other items, like chips or pizza, could be sold to help make up lost revenue. And for the school day length example, you could argue that teenagers generally don’t get enough sleep, that you have too much homework and not enough time to do it, and that teenagers don’t spend enough time with their families.
You might find as you make these lists that some of them are stronger than others. The more evidence you have and the stronger you feel that that evidence is, the better the topic. Of course, if you feel that one topic may have more evidence but you’d rather not write about it, it’s okay to pick another topic instead. When you’re making arguments, it can be much easier to find strong points and evidence if you feel passionate about our topic than if you don't.
50 Argumentative Essay Topic Ideas
If you’re struggling to come up with topics on your own, read through this list of argumentative essay topics to help get you started!
- Should fracking be legal?
- Should parents be able to modify their unborn children?
- Do GMOs help or harm people?
- Should vaccinations be required for students to attend public school?
- Should world governments get involved in addressing climate change?
- Should Facebook be allowed to collect data from its users?
- Should self-driving cars be legal?
- Is it ethical to replace human workers with automation?
- Should there be laws against using cell phones while driving?
- Has the internet positively or negatively impacted human society?
- Should college athletes be paid for being on sports teams?
- Should coaches and players make the same amount of money?
- Should sports be segregated by gender?
- Should the concept of designated hitters in baseball be abolished?
- Should US sports take soccer more seriously?
- Should religious organizations have to pay taxes?
- Should religious clubs be allowed in schools?
- Should “one nation under God” be in the pledge of allegiance?
- Should religion be taught in schools?
- Should clergy be allowed to marry?
- Should minors be able to purchase birth control without parental consent?
- Should the US switch to single-payer healthcare?
- Should assisted suicide be legal?
- Should dietary supplements and weight loss items like teas be allowed to advertise through influencers?
- Should doctors be allowed to promote medicines?
- Is the electoral college an effective system for modern America?
- Should Puerto Rico become a state?
- Should voter registration be automatic?
- Should people in prison be allowed to vote?
- Should Supreme Court justices be elected?
- Should sex work be legalized?
- Should Columbus Day be replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
- Should the death penalty be legal?
- Should animal testing be allowed?
- Should drug possession be decriminalized?
- Should unpaid internships be legal?
- Should minimum wage be increased?
- Should monopolies be allowed?
- Is universal basic income a good idea?
- Should corporations have a higher or lower tax rate?
- Are school uniforms a good idea?
- Should PE affect a student’s grades?
- Should college be free?
- Should Greek life in colleges be abolished?
- Should students be taught comprehensive sex ed?
- Should graffiti be considered art or vandalism?
- Should books with objectionable words be banned?
- Should content on YouTube be better regulated?
- Is art education important?
- Should art and music sharing online be allowed?
How to Argue Effectively
A strong argument isn’t just about having a good point. If you can’t support that point well, your argument falls apart.
One of the most important things you can do in writing a strong argumentative essay is organizing well. Your essay should have a distinct beginning, middle, and end, better known as the introduction, body and opposition, and conclusion.
This example follows the Toulmin model—if your essay follows the Rogerian model, the same basic premise is true, but your thesis will instead propose two conflicting viewpoints that will be resolved through evidence in the body, with your conclusion choosing the stronger of the two arguments.
Your hook should draw the reader’s interest immediately. Questions are a common way of getting interest, as well as evocative language or a strong statistic
Don’t assume that your audience is already familiar with your topic. Give them some background information, such as a brief history of the issue or some additional context.
Your thesis is the crux of your argument. In an argumentative essay, your thesis should be clearly outlined so that readers know exactly what point you’ll be making. Don’t explain all your evidence in the opening, but do take a strong stance and make it clear what you’ll be discussing.
Your claims are the ideas you’ll use to support your thesis. For example, if you’re writing about how your neighborhood shouldn’t use weed killer, your claim might be that it’s bad for the environment. But you can’t just say that on its own—you need evidence to support it.
Evidence is the backbone of your argument. This can be things you glean from scientific studies, newspaper articles, or your own research. You might cite a study that says that weed killer has an adverse effect on bees, or a newspaper article that discusses how one town eliminated weed killer and saw an increase in water quality. These kinds of hard evidence support your point with demonstrable facts, strengthening your argument.
In your essay, you want to think about how the opposition would respond to your claims and respond to them. Don’t pick the weakest arguments, either— figure out what other people are saying and respond to those arguments with clearly reasoned arguments.
Demonstrating that you not only understand the opposition’s point, but that your argument is strong enough to withstand it, is one of the key pieces to a successful argumentative essay.
Conclusions are a place to clearly restate your original point, because doing so will remind readers exactly what you’re arguing and show them how well you’ve argued that point.
Summarize your main claims by restating them, though you don’t need to bring up the evidence again. This helps remind readers of everything you’ve said throughout the essay.
End by suggesting a picture of a world in which your argument and action are ignored. This increases the impact of your argument and leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
A strong argumentative essay is one with good structure and a strong argument , but there are a few other things you can keep in mind to further strengthen your point.
When you’re crafting an argument, it can be easy to get distracted by all the information and complications in your argument. It’s important to stay focused—be clear in your thesis and home in on claims that directly support that thesis.
It’s important that your claims and evidence be based in facts, not just opinion. That’s why it’s important to use reliable sources based in science and reporting—otherwise, it’s easy for people to debunk your arguments.
Don’t rely solely on your feelings about the topic. If you can’t back a claim up with real evidence, it leaves room for counterarguments you may not anticipate. Make sure that you can support everything you say with clear and concrete evidence, and your claims will be a lot stronger!
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40 Writing Topics for Argumentative and Persuasive Essays
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- English Grammar
- Ph.D., Rhetoric and English, University of Georgia
- M.A., Modern English and American Literature, University of Leicester
- B.A., English, State University of New York
Any of the 40 statements or positions below may be either defended or attacked in an argumentative essay or speech .
Selecting a Position
In choosing something to write about, keep in mind Kurt Vonnegut's advice: "Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about." But be sure to rely on your head as well as your heart: select a topic that you know something about, either from your own experience or from that of others. Your instructor should let you know whether formal research is encouraged or even required for this assignment.
Because many of these issues are complex and wide-ranging, you should be prepared to narrow your topic and focus your approach. Selecting a position is only the first step, and you must learn to prepare and develop your position persuasively . At the end of the following list, you'll find links to a number of argumentative paragraphs and essays .
40 Topic Suggestions: Argument and Persuasion
- Dieting makes people fat.
- Romantic love is a poor basis for marriage.
- The war on terror has contributed to the growing abuse of human rights.
- High school graduates should take a year off before entering college.
- All citizens should be required by law to vote.
- All forms of government-funded welfare should be abolished.
- Both parents should assume equal responsibility in raising a child.
- Americans should have more holidays and longer vacations.
- Participating in team sports helps to develop good character.
- The production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal.
- People have become overly dependent on technology.
- Censorship is sometimes justified.
- Privacy is not the most important right.
- Drunk drivers should be imprisoned for the first offense.
- The lost art of letter-writing deserves to be revived.
- Government and military personnel should have the right to strike.
- Most study-abroad programs should be renamed "party abroad": they are a waste of time and money
- The continuing decline of CD sales along with the rapid growth of music downloads signals a new era of innovation in popular music.
- College students should have complete freedom to choose their own courses.
- The solution to the impending crisis in Social Security is the immediate elimination of this government program.
- The primary mission of colleges and universities should be preparing students for the workforce.
- Financial incentives should be offered to high school students who perform well on standardized tests.
- All students in high school and college should be required to take at least two years of a foreign language.
- College students in the U.S. should be offered financial incentives to graduate in three years rather than four.
- College athletes should be exempted from regular class-attendance policies.
- To encourage healthy eating, higher taxes should be imposed on soft drinks and junk food.
- Students should not be required to take physical education courses.
- To conserve fuel and save lives, the 55 miles-per-hour national speed limit should be restored.
- All citizens under the age of 21 should be required to pass a driving education course before receiving a license to drive.
- Any student caught cheating on an examination should be automatically dismissed from college.
- Freshmen should not be required to purchase a meal plan from the college.
- Zoos are internment camps for animals and should be shut down.
- University students should not be penalized for illegally downloading music, movies, or other protected content.
- Government financial aid for students should be based solely on merit.
- Nontraditional students should be exempted from regular class-attendance policies.
- At the end of each term, student evaluations of faculty should be posted online.
- A student organization should be formed to rescue and care for the feral cats on campus.
- People who contribute to Social Security should have the right to choose how their money is invested.
- Professional baseball players convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs should not be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.
- Any citizen who does not have a criminal record should be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.
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Argumentative Essay Topics:
An argumentative essay is a kind of essay that should present arguments about both sides of a particular issue. When writing an argumentative essay, the students should do complete research about a topic and then evaluate the collected evidence. It is similar to a persuasive essay, but in an argumentative essay, you should present your side of the argument and the point of view. The main purpose of this essay is to inform your readers what your perspectives are.
Generally, in academic institutes, students will be asked to write argumentative essays. But more than writing an argumentative essay, choosing a topic is the tricky part. If you are asked to write an essay of an argumentative type, then you can go ahead and choose any controversial topics, funny topics or topics of any field. Usually, the comprehensive argument topics will leave people with a new perspective, a new opinion and a new appreciation for your writing skills. So, always prefer topics of that type. When choosing an argumentative essay topic, be careful and consider the following factors.
- The topic should be interesting to you and your readers.
- The topic should not be too wide.
- The topic should contain differing opinions.
- The topic should have supporting facts and data.
Check the list of Argumentative essay topics
Are you struggling to find the best argumentative essay topic? To help you, here we have listed the top argumentative essay topics. Check the suggested list of essay topics and pick the ideal topic of your choice.
Argumentative Essay Topics on Education
- Is art education important?
- Do male students get better educational opportunities than female students?
- Should education counseling be a part of school education?
- Is college education mandatory for everyone?
- Are education apps really helpful?
- Is education important for a better future?
- Is community service cultivating good values in the minds of the students?
- Should students be given sex education?
- Is foreign language education important in schools?
- Which is better – the public school education system or the homeschooling system?
Few Educational Argumentative Essay Topics
- How technology benefits education?
- Should the grading system be eliminated?
- Should special children be taught separately from normal children?
- Should education be free for everyone?
- Learning methodologies in the 19 th and 20 th
- Is education too commercialized nowadays?
- Should internet access be limited to students?
- Which secondary languages are worth studying today?
- Is co-education more advantageous than single-sex education?
- Does the current education system prepare students for the real world?
- Do you think online education can be as effective as traditional education?
- How far do you think school settings are responsible for homophobia?
- Can educators help students overcome trauma?
- How far does the mental health conditions of teachers affect learners?
- Should parents have an active role in the education of their children?
- Does the use of computers/technology benefit the educational process?
- Should students be sent to the next grade even if they have not passed the current one?
- Should students get more or less homework than they currently do?
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Argumentative Essay Topics on Politics
- Are all politicians, leaders and decision-makers equitable?
- Which political party has the right ideology?
- Which has the best economic system – capitalism or socialism?
- Does campaign fiancé reform work?
- Which recent political decision has created the most change?
- Should the North and South Korea unite?
- How has terrorism affected the foreign policies of the United States and Russia?
- Do you think a war is always a political decision?
- Should a politician be merciful or cruel?
- Is the taxation system effective or not?
- What do you think is most favorable for a developing country, capitalism or socialism?
- Is Marxism too ideal for today or can it still be applied for developing a society?
- Why do you think political parties use religion, and is it equally used by the political parties of the first world and third world countries?
- What recent political decision has created the most change?
- Should a politician be cruel or merciful?
- Is your country headed in the right direction?
- What do you regard as a more important thing: people’s privacy or national security?
Argumentative Essay Topics on Society and Culture
- What is the impact of homosexuality on society?
- Is society turning over-regulated?
- Should society fight anorexia?
- Is racism a natural condition of human society?
- How is the LGBTQ community influencing society?
- Are men and women treated equally in society?
- Has society made the necessary preparation for slavery?
- What are the mutual stereotypes in our society?
- Is teenage marriage permissible in society?
- Cross-cultural marriages add up to racial tolerance
- Is religion important for a society?
- How can same sex marriage change the society?
- Why do you think stereotypical concepts related to different religions, cultures and sexual orientations exist in the society?
- Is it really needed to abide by societal norms?
- How harmful is the wage gap?
- Discuss the role of dance in the formation of the cultural layer of society.
- Is mass media the creator of a new type of culture?
- The death of civilization speeds up the technological processes.
- Examine the current state of popular culture and consumerism.
- Discuss the changing cultural environment and gender equality.
- What role does culture play in the portrayal of terrorism?
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Argumentative Essay Topics on Health
- What should be done to assist teenagers in maintaining a healthy weight?
- Is non-vegetarian bad for health?
- Is fast food healthy?
- Are energy drinks really giving energy?
- Should tobacco be banned?
- Is a vegan diet more nutritious than the traditional one?
- What are the consequences of bad health care?
- Are all people entitled to free health care?
- The adverse impact of smartphones on health
- Is drug and alcohol addiction a disease?
- Do you think electronic cigarettes are a healthy alternative?
- Should suicide pods be normalized?
- Do you think marijuana is good for health and should nations decriminalize the drug?
- How far is ayurveda effective?
Argumentative Essay Topics on History
- The role of women in the French revolution
- History of Racism and discrimination in America
- Does our modern perspective change the truth of what happened during major historical events?
- Is Barack Obama the first American president to make history in America?
- America’s growth after WWII
- Is Gothic art the preferred and most magnificent in the history of humanity?
- Was colonialism beneficial to the Third World War?
- What are the causes and effects of the US-Mexican War?
- What are the primary causes of the Indo-Pak War?
- Why was Prussia successful in unifying Germany into a single nation?
- What scars have colonization left on aboriginals of Torres Strait Islanders?
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Argumentative Essay Topics on Social Media
- Is social media an effective platform for communication?
- Do social media increased employment rates?
- Should social media sites be banned?
- Are teenagers more comfortable talking on social media rather than face-to-face?
- Has social media destroyed real-life communication?
- Is social media the best platform to do business?
- Should under-aged children be allowed to own social media accounts?
- Is social media building complexes in people?
- Is social media bad for relationships?
- Is it possible to live life without social media?
- How far do you think Facebook’s restriction policy filters out adverse contents?
- Is Mark Zuckerberg really spying into our lives?
Argumentative Essay Topics on Psychology
- What are the technological advancements in the field of Psychology?
- How do emotions affect our actions and behavior?
- How can bad experiences lead to nightmares?
- Why do modern people need to prepare themselves for parenthood?
- How is cyberbullying harmful to personal development?
- How far does FOMO affect our actions?
- Why is it important to normalize talking about depression and other mental health issues?
- How is ill mental health affecting healthcare professionals?
- Explain the reasons why people get suicidal thoughts.
- Discuss the clinical and psychological aspects of the formation of dependent behavior in women.
Argumentative Essay Topics on Science and Technology
- Does technology make people alone?
- Are people becoming technological zombies?
- Is technology limiting creativity?
- Are cellphones harmful to the human race?
- Is typescript the future of front-end development?
- Are spy applications invading the privacy of users?
- Should coding be taught from middle school?
- Is cognitive computer unethical?
- Is the future in the hands of artificial intelligence?
- Can technology be used to treat human problems related to feelings?
- Should nuclear sciences be experimented further?
- Is science introducing a lot of novel diseases?
- Should the world stop making hydrocarbon-based vehicles?
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Popular Argumentative Essay Topics
- What is the most important socio-political movement of the modern era?
- Is the death penalty efficient?
- Is school uniform advantageous?
- Which is better-Children’s behavior today or children’s behavior in the past?
- Beauty pageants and exploitation
- Is recycling essential?
- Aggressive video games and behavioral issues
- Is physical education necessary in schools?
- Should abortion be banned?
- Does religion cause wars?
- What is the appropriate age to start school?
- Which is better – cartoons or movies?
- What is your viewpoint on teens idolizing celebrities?
- Betting and sports-is it illegal?
- Is a steroid alternative a necessity for athletes?
- Are celebrity promotions ethical?
- Is blogging an appropriate profession?
- America’s political condition after the 9/11 attack?
- Is music a real art form?
- Do dreams carry a symbolic meaning?
Trending Argumentative Essay Topics
- Do parents encourage gender stereotypes?
- How do terrorism and illegal migrants relate?
- Is it ethical to use fur and leather products?
- Does organic food even exist?
- Should the Electoral College be abolished?
- Is tourist tax a necessity to protect cultural heritage?
- Should there be commercials in children’s programs?
- Is it worth exploring space?
- Which is better –a printed book or an e-book?
- Should kids be given homework on weekends?
- Is the videogame a real sport?
- Is our election procedure fair and transparent?
- Are gym classes important?
- Is smoking in public places ethical?
- Is fashion important?
Argumentative Essay Topics on literature
- Do you think plays of Shakespeare are timeless and universal?
- Has Stephen King used sexism in his novels?
- How far does literature affect our religious vision?
- Does “The Slave’s Dream” and other poems alike induce empathy towards inequality?
- How has mythological literature influenced art?
- Do you think movies based on books do justice to the documented literature?
- How far do you think Khaled Hosseini’s writing affected people’s perception towards Afghanistan?
- Should federal agencies have the authority to enact rules with the same force as those enacted by legislative bodies?
- If the House of Lords had a veto over the House of Commons, would Great Britain be better off?
- Should judges base their decisions on how the law is written, or should they make decisions that are good for society as a whole?
- Do you think that states should be able to overturn federal legislation and Supreme Court decisions if they feel that doing so would violate their rights as independent republics within the Union?
- Is it true that only militias are granted the right to own weapons under the Second Amendment, or does it also apply to regular citizens?
- Is it morally acceptable for a physician to refuse care to a patient who cannot pay for an operation?
- Is it appropriate for a college to enforce racial quotas that favor minorities while excluding academically talented White and Asian students from admission?
- Should someone be permitted to protect his home with a pistol against a burglar?
- Should the First Amendment defend speech that some people might find offensive?
- Is it moral to mandate that sex offenders have their identities placed on publicly accessible registries?
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How to write argumentative essay topics effectively?
From the suggested list of essay topics, you can select any topic that is interesting to you. After selecting a topic, go ahead and follow the below-mentioned steps to prepare an effective argumentative essay.
Research your essay topic and gather main points Brainstorm and select the important ideas for discussion Sketch an outline Develop the content for the essay Proofread and edit
When you write an essay, remember to follow the argumentative essay format. Like other essay types, argumentative essays should also be written in a standard structure with the following elements.
Introduction: It is the opening part of the essay where you need to introduce your topic to the reader. Here, you should mention your thesis statement in one or two sentences summarizing your topic of discussion. The introduction should be logical and should demonstrate your attitude towards the topic.
Main Body : It is the soul part of your essay. Here, you should present the evidence supporting the thesis statement. When writing a body, you can provide a paraphrase or a direct quotation. Remember, your body paragraphs should be understandable to the readers.
Refutation: After presenting the arguments, then you must refute the opposing arguments. To contradict and disprove your opponent, you can use statistics and expert opinions as pieces of evidence.
Conclusion: After writing the body paragraphs with evidence and refuting the position of your opponents, then you can jump to the conclusion part. In the conclusion section, you need to restate your thesis statement and can include a call to action.
Final Words- Argumentative Essay Topics
We hope that this blog post on an argumentative topic is informative to you. If you are asked to write an essay , then you can choose from a wide range of hot argumentative topics mentioned in this article. Picking a topic that has high scope for discussion will help you to get good grades. So, always select any thought-provoking argumentative essay topic and then write it in an elaborative way with supporting evidence and refutation by following the argumentative essay structure and format.
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Persuasive Essay Prompts
Persuasive Essay Prompts + Writing Key Benefits, Steps & Instructions for High School Aged Students— When it comes to high school writing assignments, few forms pack as much punch as the persuasive essay!
This essay writing style has a number of key benefits:
- Students will become more adept at presenting logical, coherent arguments to support their beliefs.
- Students will have the opportunity to reflect deeply on important topical issues of the day.
- Students will improve their writing and communication skills as they prepare and execute their essays.
- Finally, students will learn to parse out effective arguments from irrelevant facts and logical fallacies. This equips them to become more critical consumers of other media.
Whether your students are still in the early high school years or preparing to head off to college, now is a great time to engage them in this beneficial activity. Share these five steps with your class to teach them how to write this style of essay—and then use the prompts below to help them get started!
Five Steps to Writing a Great Persuasive Essay
1. Choose a Clear Position Before you begin writing and researching, choose the position you want to take. This may seem obvious initially, but it’s actually very important to clearly consider what you’re arguing for upfront. The key to choosing a good position for a persuasive essay is to select one that you can present effectively. You don’t even necessarily have to agree with the position—as long as you can argue logically in its favor! Think carefully about some of the evidence you might use in your essay, as well as any nuances of the position that might be important to include. Then, write your argument down clearly in the form of a thesis statement. 2. Know Whom You’re Trying to Persuade Next, you need to figure out whom you’re trying to persuade. Is the reader a neutral, unbiased audience—or is it someone who might lean more toward one side or the other? If the reader is biased toward your side, you might want to choose more emotional arguments to engage their feelings. However, if the audience tends to disagree with you, you’ll probably need to rely more heavily on facts and statistics to try to present your case. Once you have a good idea of where your audience lies, you’ll be prepared to choose the best arguments to make your point in your essay. 3. Research Your Position Thoroughly Now that you’re ready to begin forming the argument of your essay, it’s time to start researching! Persuasive essays rely very heavily on facts, evidence, and statistics, so it’s essential to invest time into this step and to find information from as many sources as possible. Get creative with your research and try not to rely solely on the Internet. See if there are experts in the topic that you might be able to speak with or if any scientific studies on the topic validate your argument. When you write your essay, be sure to include evidence from multiple sources in your final draft—and don’t forget to cite where your research came from! 4. Use the Most Convincing Evidence to Make Your Point Before you begin writing, create an outline for your essay that includes the main points you want to make as well as the evidence you have to support each claim. If you’ve done enough research, you should ideally have multiple justifications for each point. Choose the evidence you use carefully and be sure to cite only the most compelling sources. In general, factually-based evidence like scientific studies, government data, and statistics will be more convincing than things like opinions from public figures. Of course, you should also be cognizant of where your data comes from. Spend a bit of time reviewing the sources of any studies or figures you find to see who is behind them. For example, a study proving that one vitamin is more effective than another may sound conclusive at first glance—but if the study was funded by the company that makes the vitamins, there may be some hidden biases at work. To determine whether or not you can trust a piece of evidence, you have to know where it originated. 5. Present Your Case Clearly and Logically When you begin writing your persuasive essay, you should also focus on presenting your argument in a clear, logical fashion. Use a strong thesis statement to define the basis of your paper and try to start out with an attention-grabbing introduction that will immediately capture the reader’s interest. In the body of the paper, give each supporting point its own paragraph (or paragraphs) and include the evidence to back up each one. Be sure to use examples to illustrate your claims. Finally, make sure to end the paper with a strong summary of your argument and the key points of evidence that support your claim. Your final sentence should be strong and thought-provoking—consider tactics like a call-to-action, a plea for concern, or posing a reflective question.
23 Persuasive Essay Prompts for High School Students
- Choose a position and write a persuasive essay on the current greatest environmental threat facing our world today.
- Write an essay arguing for a skill that everyone should have. Explain why it is so important for people to know that particular thing.
- Write an essay that argues for your position on immigration reform.
- What is the best show on television today? Write an essay arguing your point.
- Do you believe there should be a substantially increased minimum wage? Write an essay for or against this topic.
- Explains why your favorite food is superior to all others.
- Is it okay for people to buy pets from breeders? Or should people only adopt pets from shelters? Write and defend your position.
- Write an essay that argues for your position and thoughts on gun control laws.
- Do you believe our government should invest in space exploration? Why or why not? Write an essay arguing your point.
- Choose a position and write a persuasive essay for or against school uniforms.
- Should college athletes be paid or allowed to receive sponsorships? Write an essay for or against this topic.
- Does the world still need feminism? Choose a position and write an essay arguing your point.
- Should the death penalty be legal? Choose a position and write an essay on this topic.
- Write an essay that explains why animal testing should or should not be legal.
- What type of sex education should be taught in schools? Choose a position and write an essay on this topic.
- Do violent video games increase the likelihood that people will be violent in real life? Write an essay defending your position.
- Choose a position and write an essay explaining why marijuana should or should not be legalized across the country.
- Should religion ever have a place in politics? Write an essay arguing your point.
- What is the media’s responsibility to the public? Choose a position and write an essay on this topic.
- Write an essay about the impact of the body positivity movement.
- Should students be expected to take courses in all subjects? Write an essay defending your position.
- What is the greatest problem facing our world today? Choose a position and write an essay arguing your point.
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