Essays are like argument essays

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Persuasion essays are like argument essays, but they can be little kinder and gentler. Argument essays require that you discuss and attack an alternate view, while persuasion essays can be less "in your face." Some are more like attempts to convince the reader that you have a believable argument.

This list of topics may give you an idea that you can get excited about. Remember that you may argue the statement as it is written, or take the opposite view.

  1. Droopy pants laws are unconstitutional.

  2. Snow days are great for family quality time.

  3. Too much money is a bad thing.

  4. Teens should be required to take parenting classes.

  5. High schools should offer specialized degrees in arts or sciences.

  6. People should go to jail when they abandon their pets.

  7. Kids should get paid for good grades.

  8. Free speech should have limitations.

  9. Kids should have less homework.

  10. Magazine advertisements send unhealthy signals to young women.

  11. We need more women in power.

  12. Penmanship is important.

  13. We should teach etiquette in schools.

  14. Spam mail should be outlawed.

  15. Puerto Rico should be a state.

  16. Short hair is better than long hair.

  17. Racial slurs should be illegal.

  18. I'm old enough to babysit.

  19. Recycling should be mandatory for everyone.

  20. Gun ownership should be tightly controlled.

  21. Children should be required to read more.

  22. We shouldn't have to pay for Internet access.

  23. All students should study abroad.

  24. Yearly driving tests should be mandatory over a certain age.

  25. Yearly driving tests should be mandatory for the first five years after getting a license.

  26. Cell phones should never be used while driving.

  27. All schools should implement bullying awareness programs.

  28. Bullies should be kicked out of school.

  29. Parents of bullies should have to pay a fine.

  30. The school year should be longer.

  31. School days should start later.

  32. All students should wear uniforms.

  33. Cigarettes should be more expensive.

  34. Smokers should pay a health tax.

  35. Child support dodgers should go to jail.

  36. Students should be allowed to pray in school.

  37. Teens should be able to choose their bedtime.

  38. There should be a mandatory entrance exam for high school.

  39. At least one parent should work from home.

  40. People should carpool more.

  41. We should allow pets in school.

  42. I'm old enough to stay at home alone.

  43. We should all grow our own vegetables.

  44. MP3 music should be free.

  45. Textbooks should be free.

  46. Pregnant couples should receive parenting lessons.

  47. We shouldn't use products made from animal skins.

  48. Celebrities should have more privacy rights.

  49. Boxing should have tighter rules.

  50. We need better sex education in schools.

  51. School tests are not effective.

  52. We should all give back to our communities.

  53. Every American should learn to speak Spanish.

  54. Every American should learn to speak English.

  55. Video games can be educational.

  56. We need more holidays.

  57. Aliens probably exist.

  58. Beauty contests are bad for body image.

  59. All students should study abroad.

  60. Athletes are paid too much.

  61. Kids should be able to vote.

  62. We need a military draft.

  63. Cheerleaders' costumes are too skimpy.

  64. Kids should get paid for grades.

  65. School should take place in the evenings.

  66. Country life is better than city life.

  67. City life is better than country life.

  68. Life is better than it was 50 years ago.

  69. Some health foods are really junk foods.

  70. Some junk foods are really health foods.

  71. We should return to horse and buggy transportation.

  72. The Electoral College is outdated.

  73. Medical testing on animals is immoral.

  74. Safety is more important than privacy.

  75. Single sex colleges provide a better education.

  76. Books should never be banned.

  77. Students should have an adult with them during the first year of driving.

  78. Year round school is a bad idea.

  79. Students should be allowed to leave school property for lunch.

  80. Music lyrics promote violence.

  81. We can change the world.

  82. Skateboard helmets should be mandatory.

  83. Cars should come with breathalyzers.

  84. Kids under 15 shouldn't have Facebook pages.

  85. SATs should be eliminated.

  86. Teachers should be paid more.

  87. Reincarnation is possible.

  88. There should be one world currency.

  89. We should provide food for the poor.

  90. The government should impose household trash limits.

  91. Spying is patriotic.

  92. Children should be paid for doing chores.

  93. We should populate the moon.

  94. Letter grades should be replaced with pass or fail.

  95. Every family should have a natural disaster survival plan.

  96. Parents should talk to kids about drugs at a young age.

  97. Dogs make better pets than cats.

  98. Freedom of religion has limitations.

  99. The moon is as important as the sun.

  100. Psychic abilities are real.

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