Persuasive EssayI need some good ideas for a persuasive essay.  Thanks!

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, that's a broad enough topic...  What are you interested in?  I'm interested in a lot of stuff.  For example:

You could go with "Teachers should never assign homework that can be copied."  That's pet peeve of mine.

You could go with the March Madness theme and say "The NCAA men's basketball tournament should not be expanded to include 96 teams.

You could go with a St. Patrick's Day theme and say "Many people think immigrants should do more to assimilate into American society and not identify with their country of origin.  Even so, St. Patrick's Day is okay to celebrate because..."

Today as I walked the kids home from school an adult was yelling at some Jr. High kids behind us for saying "shit."  So you could go with "Swearing is bad for kids because..."

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator


May I add,

-Can a third-party candidate be elected president in the United States in modern times?

-Should congressmen be allowed to receive full retirements when they have only served one term?

-Should congressman be limited to one four year term?

-Should federal judges be appointed for life? 

-Should people who are over Social Security age still be forced to pay taxes?

-Should public schools require a minimal tuition?

-Should marijuana be legalized?



mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the colonial period of the United States, two patriots, Thomas Paine and Patrick Henry gave famous, stellar persuasive speeches.  Since these speeches are excellent examples of serveral rhetorical devices, you may wish to read them.

Also, in the how-to topics, there are instructions on how to write a persuasive essay.  Try this site:

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are several current issues:

-Should high schools offer single gender classes?

-Does entertainment have a predominately negative influence on humans?

-Do public figures have a right to keep their private lives private?

-Should women in Europe be allowed to wear burqas? (This has recently caught international attention.)

-Should America's college football programs switch to a playoff system rather than the bowl games?

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about:

  • Requiring fuel efficient cars
  • Requiring students to learn a second language
  • Eliminating high school sports
  • Raising the minimum driving age
  • Banning texting while driving
  • Gun control
  • Our culture's obsession with body image
  • Teen Curfews
  • Technology's effects on teens
  • Tattoos
  • Availability of sugary soft-drinks in schools
accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you are able to select your own topic for a persuasive essay I agree with #2 and just want to reinforce that you will write a strong essay if you believe strongly in the issue that you are trying to promote. It is hard work trying to write a persuasive essay about a topic that you are at best indifferent too and at worst completely oblivious. So work out where your passions are!

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Should the justice dept. intervene and remove obese children from enabling homes?

Should dogs who attack people be put to sleep or should their owners be put in jail?

Should the legal age for drinking alcohol be lowered?

Should obese children's parents pay fines if the state has to pay for their children's problem with being overweight?

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I just suggested the death penalty as a topic for a student. Most people aren't too wishy-washy about it. Most people are fairly passionate about being for or against it. (I'm in favor of it.) So, "I favor the continuation of the death penalty because..."

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What about, "School uniforms ensure better equality of education," or "Parents should have more say in their child’s education," or "Standardized testing is a fair and accurate way of assessing student achievement?"

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would suggest  that you choose a topic that there are clear cut opinions for both sides of the argument. This way you will be able to find enough facts to support your argument.

shacoria | Student

What are some examples of persuasive essay? Thanks