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List Of 22 Interesting Argumentative Essay Topics For 9th Grade

So, you made it through middle school and onto the stomping grounds of your upperclassmen. New cafeteria, new locker combination, new friends, and yes, new writing challenges are in store. Yep, you've made it to high school, and you spent all of twelve minutes soaking it all in before your first-period teacher assigned your first argumentative essay of the school year.

Before you freak out, take a second to look over these 22 topic ideas for your paper. You've been asked to write about your position on something, so any old topic just won't cut it. This is the 9th grade- you've got to be intriguing! You need a topic that will grasp attention and one you can write persuasively about, therefore, it must first and foremost, be something you feel strongly about.

If you want to come in really strong, you could go for a highly controversial topic, like abortion. If it's something this general and popular among debates, however, consider narrowing it down or putting a twist on the topic. Don't go too crazy, but you do need to stand out! What about topics like...

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  1. Should the biological father of a woman's unborn child have any legal say at all in the decision of whether to abort the baby?
  2. Under what circumstances/criteria should gay couples be allowed to legally adopt children?
  3. Who should and should not be permitted to carry a weapon on school grounds?
  4. How should a mentally ill person be treated/punished for a capital crime?
  5. What is causing bullying in schools and how can we as students end it?
  6. Should animal abuse be a crime in this country, and if so, how would the punishment be dealt for offenders?

    If you think you absolutely have to go with a hugely popular, controversial topic (usually relating to religion or politics), think again. You could write about video games or sports, as long as you can come up with an argumentative topic that you can support. You might find one by asking yourself questions like...

  7. Are video games actually to blame for kids' desires to act out violence?
  8. Do extracurricular sports programs generally motivate kids to study harder, or does it take time and focus away from their education?
  9. Is advertising to blame for America's youth consuming so much junk food?
  10. Should high school students have the freedom to come and go from class and school as they please? Why or why not?
  11. Remember that you should choose something you are passionate about. If none of these strikes a nerve, try completing this sentence: “When I write this essay, I'm going argue that I think (blank)”. Fill in the blank! If you think you want to write and argue that the President of the United States should be a seventeen-year-old, write on, as long as you can make your case clearly in the upcoming paragraphs of your paper. “I want to argue that...”

  12. Our school colors/mascot should be changed
  13. The school cafeteria should serve more fruit
  14. Prisoners should be given more (or less) work opportunities while incarcerated
  15. The school should have a Fundraiser this year for a good cause
  16. From there, you could elaborate to brainstorm on what to fill your essay body with. For topic number 13, for instance, if prisoners should be given more work opportunities while serving time, what kind of jobs could they do and where? How could we guarantee the safety of them and the public too? If they should be given less freedom to work in the outside world, why? What might happen? When and where has a similar instance occurred before, and how could this possibly be prevented?

    A few more topics might be...

  17. We students should be campaigning more against drunk driving
  18. We all as a generation need to show more respect for others
  19. Listening to angry music is actually a healthy outlet
  20. Exercising every day should be mandatory at school
  21. The school day should be shortened (or lengthened)
  22. Our state should offer more scholarship opportunities to students
  23. Why everyone should participate in “going green” for the environment
  24. How art is necessary (or not needed) in schools
  25. There you have it. Hope one (or several) of these got your wheels turning! You got this.

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