In order for something to be a good persuasive essay topic, it has to be an arguable issue. If it can be proven or is a fact everyone agrees on, it is not a good topic. So look for issues that people can debate. Most argument essay ideas fall into one of five categories
Definition: What is the real meaning of something. (example: What is the true meaning of Beauty, Truth, or Success)
Fact: What really happened? Or what is the truth? (example: Computers change the way people think)
Cause/Effect: What caused this to happen? or What effect did that have? ( example: Texting and cell phone use have caused young people to be less able to concentrate. Or you could argue that it has caused them to be able to handle multitasking more effectively and efficiently).
Policy: What should we do? (example: Schools should replace textbooks with e-books and iPad apps).
Value: What is important? (example: Texting and email is not as good as talking face to face).
"I'm tired of writing essays. They're boring!"
Sound familiar? Some kids like to find excuses for not working, and the "This is boring!" is one of the top excuses they throw out there. If you're trying to teach your students how to write, one of the toughest tasks is to come up with interesting and stimulating writing prompts.
Find the right topic, and all of a sudden they'll be happy to write something! Persuasive writing prompts are great for this. They tap into issues and problems that kids genuinely care about and they create an authentic outlet for student writing.
In this hub, you'll find a list of ideas for persuasive writing essays, all revolving around school rules. While there are plenty of topics and prompts you could use, the advantage of school rules is that every student is going to have an opinion on things like a dress code and cell phone usage.
The writing prompts are organized into four shorter lists: rules about technology, rules about clothing, rules about sports, and other school rules.