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.
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
- What admissions criteria should colleges consider in choosing
- 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
- Should colleges and employers consider race as an acceptance or hiring
- What if school was held year-round? How important is summer
- 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?
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.