The time comes in every high school student's career when he must write a persuasive essay for English class. Sometimes choosing a topic to write about can occur easily, but not all of the time. Several topics are available from which to choose, but it may be difficult for the student to pick the right topic for him and for the assignment.
Current News Issues
One way to locate a persuasive essay topic is to browse through websites that contain current news articles, such as CNN.com, MSNBC.com and FoxNews.com. Search a site for topics that are of interest to you, and choose a side of the topic that would make a solid point. Other places to find current news are newspapers, business newsletters and television. Websites not from credible sources may be biased. Always check the sources.
Social/Pop Culture Issues
Social issues deal with human nature. They focus on why we behave the way we do. Topics such as legalizing drugs, abortion, gay and lesbian rights, and illegal immigration are discussed in schools. Deciding your position can be difficult when it comes to these touchy subjects. As long as you can support your choice with research-based material, persuasive essays on these topics tend to be easier than others to write.
With the push to "go green," science and environmental issues show up frequently in research. Topics such as global climate change, cloning, stem cell research and hunting are examples. When choosing a science/environmental topic, browse websites first, and check that enough research exists on which to base your facts. Also ensure that the sources are credible.
Deciding on which educational topic to write may be simple, but picking sides and finding enough information can be tricky. State testing, bullying and graduation requirements are just a few of the topics from which to choose. Find a topic that you have a strong opinion about, locate several pieces of information to back up your position and ask schoolteachers their opinion on the subject.
Laura Gokey has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in parenting and education. Gokey has a passion for teaching ESL students. She has a Bachelor of Science in academic studies from Sam Houston State University and is currently receiving her Master of Library Science from the same university.