Persuasive Essay Writing Ideas

Choose a persuasive essay topic carefully
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A persuasive essay is one of the most common writing assignments for students. When writing a persuasive essay, choose a topic about which you have an opinion and build a coherent argument so you can convince the reader to agree with your point of view. The more thought you put into your essay topic, the easier it will be to begin to create your argument.

1 Write about what interests you

A great strategy for choosing a persuasive essay topic is to write about what you’re interested in or feel strongly about. Make a list of activities or subjects you like or that impact your life. For example, do you play sports? Consider writing about whether student athletes on sports teams should be required to carry a certain grade point average, or if professional athletes who have taken performance-enhancing drugs should be admitted into the Hall of Fame. Are you interested in the environment? Topics could include whether animals should be used for cosmetic testing, if recycling should be mandatory or whether stricter laws should be enacted to stop global warming. Let your interests guide you toward your topic, and you'll automatically write with more conviction and energy than if you choose a topic at random.

2 Topic ideas related to technology

From cell phones to video games to social networks, technology can be a great source of persuasive essay topics. Topics related to technology could include whether video games are too violent, what should be done to address cyber bullying or if parents should limit the amount of time children and teens spend on the Internet. It may help to think of technology as it relates to education, such as whether students should be allowed to use mobile devices in class, or if teachers should be friends with their students on social networks.

3 Education topics

Issues related to schools and education can provide a wealth of persuasive essay subjects. Topics could include whether school lunches should be healthier, students should be required to wear school uniforms, school should take place year-round or classes should start later in the day. College-level education can also provide lots of ideas, such as whether college should be free, financial aid requirements should be changed or students should be required to complete an internship in order to graduate. Consider the rules and policies you’ve experienced in your schools and what you’d like to see changed -- that might help you zero-in on a great persuasive essay topic.

4 Topics related to current events

Inspiration for your persuasive writing topic may come from current events, especially an issue that is viewed as controversial, such as a new law or a hotly debated social issue. Topics could be related to immigration, such as whether the U.S. should make it easier for nonresidents to become citizens; or health care, such as whether the government should provide health care coverage to its citizens. Other controversial topics could be related to same-sex marriage, gun laws, censorship, religion, or the environment. Watching a local news segment or checking out a newspaper online may give you more current event ideas.

Amy Mahoney has been a writer for more than 15 years. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including “The Boston Globe,” “Reader’s Digest” and the “Miami Herald.” She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction.