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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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...
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...”
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...
There you have it. Hope one (or several) of these got your wheels turning! You got this.