So here’s the situation: you know you have an argumentative essay due this Friday, February 2. In fact, you’ve known it for well over a week. But you still haven’t started because you don’t know what to write about.

Never fear! Below is a list of over 30 argumentative topics* from which you can choose, and I’m sure at least one of them will spark your interest. But just in case, feel free to check out ProCon.Org, the go-to website for excellent research on both sides of several controversial issues. You’ll find information both for and against such topics as gun control, abortion, climate change, the death penalty, immigration, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

If you want to review the PowerPoints associated with argumentative writing, you can find them here.

Argumentative Topics

  1. The school calendar should be longer so that students could learn more.
  2. Modern technologies distract us from serious matters than help us.
  3. Current pop music won’t stand the test of time and will be soon forgotten.
  4. Women are better than men at finding compromises and collaborating with others.
  5. Some youth sports are too dangerous for players to play at schools.
  6. National security is more important than the privacy of an individual person.
  7. Children should be able to dress as they want.
  8. Schools should have healthier food for students.
  9. Schools should have more food choices for students.
  10. Couples should live at least half a year together before marriage.
  11. The government should give more funds for scientific research.
  12. You can become successful without having a good education.
  13. Little children shouldn’t be given mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  14. Particular video games can be considered as pieces of art.
  15. Sports should be coed.
  16. Should schools sell fast food?
  17. Should students wear school uniforms?
  18. Should there be harsher punishments for bullying?
  19. Is it fair to ban preteenagers and teenagers from the mall without adult supervision?
  20. Should there be less homework?
  21. When are you old enough to stay home alone?
  22. Should middle school students still have a bed time?
  23. Does summer school benefit the student?
  24. How would you change the school lunch menu?
  25. Should school sports be mandatory?
  26. Do kids watch too much television?
  27. Should kids have chores?
  28. Should you have to wear your seat belt on the bus?
  29. Should students who play sports still have to take Gym class?
  30. Should children be more concerned with what they eat now so they avoid health problems when they get older?
  31. Should you get a larger allowance?
  32. Should school be year round with more breaks to improve education?
  33. Do violent games and television shows make kids violent?
  34. Should your school have a school newspaper?

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