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An essay will go faster, read better, and pack more punch if you're invested in your topic. Follow these steps to find the hot-button issue that matters most to you.

Step One:

From this list, select the issue to which you react most powerfully. Or, think how these questions raise other questions that are compelling to you.

  • Do we need arts programs in schools?

  • Are professional athletes overpaid?

  • Is Holden Caulfield a sympathetic character?

  • Should all high school students take four years of math?

  • Should prisoners have the right to vote?

  • How should schools be funded?

  • What is a reasonable punishment for arriving late to class often?

  • What admissions criteria should colleges consider in choosing students?

  • Should family members have the right to take a loved one off life support?

  • Who should be the next president?

  • What after-school activity should be implemented next year?

  • Which is better, a 45-minute class or a 90-minute class?

  • Why is your city or town a great place to grow up?

  • What is one thing every high school student should do before graduating?

  • Should colleges and employers consider race as an acceptance or hiring criterion?

  • What if school was held year-round? How important is summer vacation?

  • Is graffiti art?

  • Should the US abolish the death penalty?

  • Should foreign languages be required in schools?

  • If the valedictorian were chosen based on character, not grades, who would be the valedictorian in your class?
Step Two:

Now that you have your question, answer it. Write down your main argument and at least four reasons why it's valid. Draw your evidence from many areas, so that the argument is airtight from every angle.



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