PERSUASIVE ESSAY Guidelines and PromptsChoose an Issue The first step for writing a persuasive essay is to decide what you are trying to persuade someone to believe. Is there a compelling social issue you'd like to correct, a situation within your school that you'd like to change, an issue from history that you'd like to address, or maybe even a political condition you'd like to explore-the possibilities are endless!Here's a list of possible topics:EducationSchool UniformsSchool ChoiceBilingual EducationLocker SearchesHomeworkYear Round SchoolingComputers in the Classroom/Technology in the ClassroomOnline schoolMandatory Community Service before graduationField TripsHistoryWomen's RightsCivil RightsVietnam WarSocial and Political IssuesThe Death PenaltyCruelty to AnimalsGun ControlCloningDrilling OilViolence in the MediaCensorshipLife in the country vs. life in the cityHuntingCensorship
Research Paper and Argument Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Should high-school history classes and social-studies curriculum be changed to reflect diversity and multicultural perspectives?
How do certain television programs perpetuate racial or ethnic stereotypes?
Should schools only purchase textbooks that offer revised or alternative histories of historical events?
What should be done about racial disparities in the sentencing of criminals?
Should the American government pay reparations and return land to Native Americans?
Should hate groups have the right to distribute literature on university campuses?
If research shows that certain racial or ethnic groups receive poorer medical care on average, how should this problem be corrected?
Should governmental organizations have staffs that accurately reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender balance in society?
What should be done to eliminate salary disparities between men and women?
What should be done to create equity in executive positions for women in particular corporations and industries?
Should women be allowed in military combat? To what extent?
Is healthcare for women underfunded? In what ways?
In what ways does gender play a difference in student success and teacher attention in the classroom?
Multiculturalism and Diversity
Should English be made the official language of the United States?
Should ESL students be taught content courses in their native language?
Should Columbus Day be discontinued in favor of a new post-colonial perspective?
Should Christmas, Easter, and other religious observances be considered national holidays?
Should the United States have a more stringent immigration policy?
Advertising and Marketing
How do certain kinds of advertising perpetuate racial stereotypes?
How does mass marketing and manufacturing affect originality and creativity in the arts and other fields?
Does the American consumerist society conflict with democratic values? In what ways?
How does advertising treat convenience as necessity?
What kind of advertising is unethical?