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Do you need to write a persuasive essay but aren’t sure what topic to focus on? Were you thrilled when your teacher said you could write about whatever you wanted but are now overwhelmed by the possibilities? We’re here to help!

Read on for a list of 113 top-notch persuasive essay topics, organized into ten categories. To help get you started, we also discuss what a persuasive essay is, how to choose a great topic, and what tips to keep in mind as you write your persuasive essay.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

In a persuasive essay, you attempt to convince readers to agree with your point of view on an argument. For example, an essay analyzing changes in Italian art during the Renaissance wouldn’t be a persuasive essay, because there’s no argument, but an essay where you argue that Italian art reached its peak during the Renaissance would be a persuasive essay because you’re trying to get your audience to agree with your viewpoint.

Persuasive and argumentative essays both try to convince readers to agree with the author, but the two essay types have key differences. Argumentative essays show a more balanced view of the issue and discuss both sides. Persuasive essays focus more heavily on the side the author agrees with. They also often include more of the author’s opinion than argumentative essays, which tend to use only facts and data to support their argument.

All persuasive essays have the following:

  • Introduction: Introduces the topic, explains why it’s important, and ends with the thesis.
  • Thesis: A sentence that sums up what the essay be discussing and what your stance on the issue is.
  • Reasons you believe your side of the argument: Why do you support the side you do? Typically each main point will have its own body paragraph.
  • Evidence supporting your argument: Facts or examples to back up your main points. Even though your opinion is allowed in persuasive essays more than most other essays, having concrete examples will make a stronger argument than relying on your opinion alone.
  • Conclusion: Restatement of thesis, summary of main points, and a recap of why the issue is important.

What Makes a Good Persuasive Essay Topic?

Theoretically, you could write a persuasive essay about any subject under the sun, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Certain topics are easier to write a strong persuasive essay on, and below are tips to follow when deciding what you should write about.

It’s a Topic You Care About

Obviously, it’s possible to write an essay about a topic you find completely boring. You’ve probably done it! However, if possible, it’s always better to choose a topic that you care about and are interested in. When this is the case, you’ll find doing the research more enjoyable, writing the essay easier, and your writing will likely be better because you’ll be more passionate about and informed on the topic.

You Have Enough Evidence to Support Your Argument

Just being passionate about a subject isn’t enough to make it a good persuasive essay topic, though. You need to make sure your argument is complex enough to have at least two potential sides to root for, and you need to be able to back up your side with evidence and examples. Even though persuasive essays allow your opinion to feature more than many other essays, you still need concrete evidence to back up your claims, or you’ll end up with a weak essay.

For example, you may passionately believe that mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best ice cream flavor (I agree!), but could you really write an entire essay on this? What would be your reasons for believing mint chocolate chip is the best (besides the fact that it’s delicious)? How would you support your belief? Have enough studies been done on preferred ice cream flavors to support an entire essay? When choosing a persuasive essay idea, you want to find the right balance between something you care about (so you can write well on it) and something the rest of the world cares about (so you can reference evidence to strengthen your position).

It’s a Manageable Topic

Bigger isn’t always better, especially with essay topics. While it may seem like a great idea to choose a huge, complex topic to write about, you’ll likely struggle to sift through all the information and different sides of the issue and winnow them down to one streamlined essay. For example, choosing to write an essay about how WWII impacted American life more than WWI wouldn’t be a great idea because you’d need to analyze all the impacts of both the wars in numerous areas of American life. It’d be a huge undertaking. A better idea would be to choose one impact on American life the wars had (such as changes in female employment) and focus on that. Doing so will make researching and writing your persuasive essay much more feasible.

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List of 113 Good Persuasive Essay Topics

Below are over 100 persuasive essay ideas, organized into ten categories. When you find an idea that piques your interest, you’ll choose one side of it to argue for in your essay. For example, if you choose the topic, “should fracking be legal?” you’d decide whether you believe fracking should be legal or illegal, then you’d write an essay arguing all the reasons why your audience should agree with you.

Arts/Culture

  • Should students be required to learn an instrument in school?
  • Did the end of Game of Thrones fit with the rest of the series?
  • Can music be an effective way to treat mental illness?
  • With e-readers so popular, have libraries become obsolete?
  • Are the Harry Potter books more popular than they deserve to be?
  • Should music with offensive language come with a warning label?
  • What’s the best way for museums to get more people to visit?
  • Should students be able to substitute an art or music class for a PE class in school?
  • Are the Kardashians good or bad role models for young people?
  • Should people in higher income brackets pay more taxes?
  • Should all high school students be required to take a class on financial literacy?
  • Is it possible to achieve the American dream, or is it only a myth?
  • Is it better to spend a summer as an unpaid intern at a prestigious company or as a paid worker at a local store/restaurant?
  • Should the United States impose more or fewer tariffs?
  • Should college graduates have their student loans forgiven?
  • Should restaurants eliminate tipping and raise staff wages instead?
  • Should students learn cursive writing in school?
  • Which is more important: PE class or music class?
  • Is it better to have year-round school with shorter breaks throughout the year?
  • Should class rank be abolished in schools?
  • Should students be taught sex education in school?
  • Should students be able to attend public universities for free?
  • What’s the most effective way to change the behavior of school bullies?
  • Are the SAT and ACT accurate ways to measure intelligence?
  • Should students be able to learn sign language instead of a foreign language?
  • Do the benefits of Greek life at colleges outweigh the negatives?
  • Does doing homework actually help students learn more?
  • Why do students in many other countries score higher than American students on math exams?
  • Should parents/teachers be able to ban certain books from schools?
  • What’s the best way to reduce cheating in school?
  • Should colleges take a student’s race into account when making admissions decisions?
  • Should there be limits to free speech?
  • Should students be required to perform community service to graduate high school?
  • Should convicted felons who have completed their sentence be allowed to vote?
  • Should gun ownership be more tightly regulated?
  • Should recycling be made mandatory?
  • Should employers be required to offer paid leave to new parents?
  • Are there any circumstances where torture should be allowed?
  • Should children under the age of 18 be able to get plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons?
  • Should white supremacy groups be allowed to hold rallies in public places?
  • Does making abortion illegal make women more or less safe?
  • Does foreign aid actually help developing countries?
  • Are there times a person’s freedom of speech should be curtailed?
  • Should people over a certain age not be allowed to adopt children?

Government/Politics

  • Should the minimum voting age be raised/lowered/kept the same?
  • Should Puerto Rico be granted statehood?
  • Should the United States build a border wall with Mexico?
  • Who should be the next person printed on American banknotes?
  • Should the United States’ military budget be reduced?
  • Did China’s one child policy have overall positive or negative impacts on the country?
  • Should DREAMers be granted US citizenship?
  • Is national security more important than individual privacy?
  • What responsibility does the government have to help homeless people?
  • Should the electoral college be abolished?
  • Should the US increase or decrease the number of refugees it allows in each year?
  • Should privately-run prisons be abolished?
  • Who was the most/least effective US president?
  • Will Brexit end up helping or harming the UK?

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  • What’s the best way to reduce the spread of Ebola?
  • Is the Keto diet a safe and effective way to lose weight?
  • Should the FDA regulate vitamins and supplements more strictly?
  • Should public schools require all students who attend to be vaccinated?
  • Is eating genetically modified food safe?
  • What’s the best way to make health insurance more affordable?
  • What’s the best way to lower the teen pregnancy rate?
  • Should recreational marijuana be legalized nationwide?
  • Should birth control pills be available without a prescription?
  • Should pregnant women be forbidden from buying cigarettes and alcohol?
  • Why has anxiety increased in adolescents?
  • Are low-carb or low-fat diets more effective for weight loss?
  • What caused the destruction of the USS Maine?
  • Was King Arthur a mythical legend or actual Dark Ages king?
  • Was the US justified in dropping atomic bombs during WWII?
  • What was the primary cause of the Rwandan genocide?
  • What happened to the settlers of the Roanoke colony?
  • Was disagreement over slavery the primary cause of the US Civil War?
  • What has caused the numerous disappearances in the Bermuda triangle?
  • Should nuclear power be banned?
  • Is scientific testing on animals necessary?
  • Do zoos help or harm animals?
  • Should scientists be allowed to clone humans?
  • Should animals in circuses be banned?
  • Should fracking be legal?
  • Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals as pets?
  • What’s the best way to reduce illegal poaching in Africa?
  • What is the best way to reduce the impact of global warming?
  • Should euthanasia be legalized?
  • Is there legitimate evidence of extraterrestrial life?
  • Should people be banned from owning aggressive dog breeds?
  • Should the United States devote more money towards space exploration?
  • Should the government subsidize renewable forms of energy?
  • Is solar energy worth the cost?
  • Should stem cells be used in medicine?
  • Is it right for the US to leave the Paris Climate Agreement?
  • Should athletes who fail a drug test receive a lifetime ban from the sport?
  • Should college athletes receive a salary?
  • Should the NFL do more to prevent concussions in players?
  • Do PE classes help students stay in shape?
  • Should horse racing be banned?
  • Should cheerleading be considered a sport?
  • Should children younger than 18 be allowed to play tackle football?
  • Are the costs of hosting an Olympic Games worth it?
  • Can online schools be as effective as traditional schools?
  • Do violent video games encourage players to be violent in real life?
  • Should facial recognition technology be banned?
  • Does excessive social media use lead to depression/anxiety?
  • Has the rise of translation technology made knowing multiple languages obsolete?
  • Was Steve Jobs a visionary or just a great marketer?
  • Should social media be banned for children younger than a certain age?
  • Which 21st-century invention has had the largest impact on society?
  • Are ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft good or bad for society?
  • Should Facebook have done more to protect the privacy of its users?
  • Will technology end up increasing or decreasing inequality worldwide?

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Tips for Writing a Strong Persuasive Essay

After you’ve chosen the perfect topic for your persuasive essay, your work isn’t over. Follow the three tips below to create a top-notch essay.

Do Your Research

Your argument will fall apart if you don’t fully understand the issue you’re discussing or you overlook an important piece of it. Readers won’t be convinced by someone who doesn’t know the subject, and you likely won’t persuade any of them to begin supporting your viewpoint. Before you begin writing a single word of your essay, research your topic thoroughly. Study different sources, learn about the different sides of the argument, ask anyone who’s an expert on the topic what their opinion is, etc. You might be tempted to start writing right away, but by doing your research, you’ll make the writing process much easier when the time comes.

Make Your Thesis Perfect

Your thesis is the most important sentence in your persuasive essay. Just by reading that single sentence, your audience should know exactly what topic you’ll be discussing and where you stand on the issue. You want your thesis to be crystal clear and to accurately set up the rest of your essay. Asking classmates or your teacher to look it over before you begin writing the rest of your essay can be a big help if you’re not entirely confident in your thesis.

Consider the Other Side

You’ll spend most of your essay focusing on your side of the argument since that’s what you want readers to come away believing. However, don’t think that means you can ignore other sides of the issue. In your essay, be sure to discuss the other side’s argument, as well as why you believe this view is weak or untrue. Researching all the different viewpoints and including them in your essay will increase the quality of your writing by making your essay more complete and nuanced.

Summary: Persuasive Essay Ideas

Good persuasive essay topics can be difficult to come up with, but in this guide we’ve created a list of 113 excellent essay topics for you to browse. The best persuasive essay ideas will be those that you are interested in, have enough evidence to support your argument, and aren’t too complicated to be summarized in an essay.

After you’ve chosen your essay topic, keep these three tips in mind when you begin writing:

  • Do your research
  • Make your thesis perfect
  • Consider the other side

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Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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6 Successful Persuasive Writing Strategies

Matt Ellis

Persuasive writing is any written work that tries to convince the reader of the writer’s opinion. Aside from standard writing skills, a persuasive essay author can also draw on personal experience, logical arguments, an appeal to emotion, and compelling speech to influence readers. 

Persuasive writing relies on different techniques and strategies than other written works: In a persuasive essay, it’s not enough to simply inform; you also have to convince the reader that your way of thinking is best. So to help you get started, this guide explains all the basics and provides persuasive writing examples. 

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What is persuasive writing? 

Unlike other forms of writing meant to share information or entertain, persuasive writing is specifically written to persuade , which is to say it convinces the reader to agree with a certain point of view. 

Persuasive essays are most closely related to argumentative essays , in that both discuss a serious issue with logical arguments and offer conclusive resolutions. The main difference between a persuasive essay and an argumentative essay is that persuasive essays focus more on personal experience and appeal to emotions, whereas argumentative essays mostly stick to the facts. 

Moreover, argumentative essays discuss both sides of an issue, whereas persuasive essays focus only on the author’s point of view. The language and tone in persuasive essays tend to be more conversational as well—a tactic of persuasive speech intended to build a more personal and intimate relationship between the author and reader. 

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Why is persuasive writing important?

For starters, there’s always a demand for persuasive writing in the world of business. Advertising, website copywriting, and general branding all rely heavily on persuasive messaging to convince the reader to become a customer of their company. 

But persuasive writing doesn’t always have to be self-serving. Historically speaking, persuasive essays have helped turn the tide in many political and social movements since the invention of the printing press. 

As you can see from the persuasive writing examples below, the techniques of persuasive speech can help change or challenge majority beliefs in society. In fact, if you look into any major cultural movement of the last few centuries, you’ll find persuasive writing that helped rally the people behind a cause. 

Ethos, logos, and pathos in persuasive writing

There are lots of ways to persuade people, but some methods are more effective than others. As we mention in our guide on how to write a persuasive essay , good persuasive writing utilizes what’s known as the modes of persuasion : ethos, logos, and pathos. 

First put forth by Aristotle in his treatise Rhetoric from 367–322 BCE, ethos, logos, and pathos have since become the core of modern persuasive speech and should be incorporated into any persuasive essay. Let’s break them down individually.

The ancient Greek word for “character” or “spirit,” ethos in persuasive writing refers to how the author presents themself. Authorities on an issue are most likely to convince the reader, so authors of persuasive writing should establish their credibility as soon as possible. 

Aristotle suggests that the author demonstrates their useful skills, virtue, and goodwill toward the reader to present themselves in the best light. 

The ancient Greek word for “logic” or “rationale,” logos refers to using logical arguments and evidential data. A good writer doesn’t rely only on persuasive speech—they also back up their perspective with statistics and facts. 

Logos isn’t just about backing up arguments with plenty of research (although that is essential). In persuasive writing, logos also refers to structuring your argument in the best way possible. That includes knowing how to start an essay , progressing your points in the right order, and ending with a powerful conclusion . 

The ancient Greek word for “suffering” or “experience,” pathos involves an author’s appeal to emotion. As much as we’d like to think of ourselves as logical creatures, study after study has shown that humans tend to make decisions more from emotions than from reason—and a good persuasive writer is well aware of this. 

Persuasive speech often “tugs at the heartstrings.” The author might share a personal experience, such as describing a painful event to either win the reader’s sympathy or urge them to consider someone else’s feelings. 

Aristotle emphasizes the importance of understanding your reader before employing pathos, as different individuals can have different emotional reactions to the same writing. 

Persuasive writing tips and strategies

1 choose wording carefully.

Word choice —the words and phrases you decide to use—is crucial in persuasive writing as a way to build a personal relationship with the reader. You want to always pick the best possible words and phrases in each instance to convince the reader that your opinion is right. 

Persuasive writing often uses strong language, so state things definitively and avoid “ hedging .” Persuasive writing also takes advantage of emotive language—words and phrases that describe feelings—to encourage the reader to form sentimental connections to the topic. 

Wordplay like puns, rhymes, and jokes also works as a good memory tool to help the reader remember key points and your central argument. 

2 Ask questions

Questions are great for transitioning from one topic or paragraph to another , but in persuasive writing, they serve an additional role. Any question you write, your reader will instinctively answer in their head if they can, or at least they’ll wonder about it for a moment. 

Persuasive writers can use questions to engage the reader’s critical thinking. First, questions can be used to plant ideas and lead the reader straight to the author’s answers. Second, if you’ve presented your evidence clearly and structured your argument well, simply asking the right question can lead the reader to the author’s conclusion on their own—the ultimate goal of persuasive writing. 

3 Write a clear thesis statement

A thesis statement openly communicates the central idea or theme of a piece of writing. In a persuasive essay, your thesis statement is essentially the point of view that you’re trying to convince the reader of. 

It’s best to include a clear, transparent thesis statement in the introduction or opening of your essay to avoid confusion. You’ll have a hard time trying to convince the reader if they don’t know what you’re talking about. 

4 Draw a persuasion map

A persuasion map is like an outline of your argument, designed as a writing tool to help writers organize their thoughts. While there are different formats to choose from, they all typically involve listing out your main points and then the evidence and examples to back up each of those points. 

Persuasion maps work great for people who often lose track of their ideas when writing or for people who have trouble staying organized. It’s a great tool to use before you write your outline, so you know everything you want to include before deciding on the order. 

5 Speak directly to the reader

As we’ve mentioned above, the relationship between the author and reader is quite significant in persuasive writing. One strategy to develop that bond is to speak directly to the reader, sometimes even addressing them directly as “you.” 

Speaking to the reader is an effective strategy in writing. It makes the writing feel more like a conversation, even if it is one-sided, and can encourage the reader to lower their defenses a little and consider your points with an open mind. 

6 Repeat your main arguments

Repetition is a classic technique in persuasive writing as a way to get ideas into your readers’ heads. For one thing, repetition is an excellent memory aid, as any teacher will tell you. The more someone hears something, the more likely they are to remember it. In persuasive writing, however, repetition can also influence readers’ way of thinking. 

Repeating the same idea over and over essentially normalizes it. When combined with substantial evidence and rationality, repetition can make even radical ideas seem more grounded. 

Examples of persuasive writing

As mentioned above, persuasive essays have assisted in many major historical events and movements, often when society was undergoing a significant shift in beliefs. Below are three such persuasive writing examples from different periods of American history: 

  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776): Not all colonial Americans thought a revolution against England was a good idea. Thomas Paine released this forty-seven-page pamphlet to the general public to convince them the American Revolution was not only a good idea but also an ethical one. 
  • Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by Susan B. Anthony, et al. (1876): Written in the style of the Declaration of Independence, this document outlined the requests of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Mentioning the hardships of women and calling out the inequality between genders, this printed pamphlet was distributed illegally at the centennial Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia. 
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963): Imprisoned for a nonviolent protest, King wrote this persuasive essay in response to published criticism of the Civil Rights Movement by Southern religious leaders. Although the essay addressed the critics directly, it was simultaneously approachable to anyone interested in King’s point of view. 

Persuasive writing FAQs

What is persuasive writing?

Persuasive writing is a text in which the author tries to convince the reader of their point of view. Unlike academic papers and other formal writing, persuasive writing tries to appeal to emotion alongside factual evidence and data to support its claims. 

What is an example of persuasive writing?

Some famous examples of persuasive writing throughout history include Common Sense by Thomas Paine, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by Susan B. Anthony, et al., and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

What are different types of persuasive writing?

While persuasive essays are the most famous example of persuasive writing, the same style also applies to writing in advertising, journalistic op-ed pieces, public speeches, public service announcements, and critical reviews.

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How to Write a Persuasive Essay: Step-by-Step Guide + Examples

Have you ever tried to get somebody round to your way of thinking? Then you should know how daunting the task is. Still, if your persuasion is successful, the result is emotionally rewarding.

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A persuasive essay is a type of writing that uses facts and logic to argument and substantiate such or another point of view. The purpose is to assure the reader that the author’s position is viable. In this article by Custom-writing experts, you can find a guide on persuasive writing, compelling examples, and outline structure. Continue reading and learn how to write a persuasive essay!

⚖️ Argumentative vs. Persuasive Essay

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An argumentative essay intends to attack the opposing point of view, discussing its drawbacks and inconsistencies. A persuasive essay describes only the writer’s opinion, explaining why it is a believable one. In other words, you are not an opponent; you are an advocate.

Argumentative vs. Persuasive Essays: in what Points Are They Similar and Different?

A persuasive essay primarily resorts to emotions and personal ideas on a deeper level of meaning, while an argumentative one invokes logic reasoning. Despite the superficial similarity of these two genres, argumentative speech presupposes intense research of the subject, while persuasive speech requires a good knowledge of the audience.

🐾 How to Write a Persuasive Essay Step by Step

These nine steps are the closest thing you will find to a shortcut for writing to persuade. With practice, you may get through these steps quickly—or even figure out new techniques in persuasive writing.

📑 Persuasive Essay Outline

Below you’ll find an example of a persuasive essay outline . Remember: papers in this genre are more flexible than argumentative essays are. You don’t need to build a perfectly logical structure here. Your goal is to persuade your reader.

Note that the next section contains a sample written in accordance with this outline.

Persuasive Essay Introduction

  • Hook: start with an intriguing sentence.
  • Background: describe the context of the discussed issue and familiarize the reader with the argument.
  • Definitions: if your essay dwells upon a theoretical subject matter, be sure to explain the complicated terms.
  • Thesis statement: state the purpose of your piece of writing clearly and concisely. This is the most substantial sentence of the entire essay, so take your time formulating it.

Persuasive Essay Body

Use the following template for each paragraph.

  • Topic sentence: linking each new idea to the thesis, it introduces a paragraph. Use only one separate argument for each section, stating it in the topic sentence.
  • Evidence: substantiate the previous sentence with reliable information. If it is your personal opinion, give the reasons why you think so.
  • Analysis: build the argument, explaining how the evidence supports your thesis.

Persuasive Essay Conclusion

  • Summary: briefly list the main points of the essay in a couple of sentences.
  • Significance: connect your essay to a broader idea.
  • Future: how can your argument be developed?

⭐ Persuasive Essay Examples

In this section, there are three great persuasive essay examples. The first one is written in accordance with the outline above, will the components indicated. Two others are downloadable.

Example #1: Being a Millionaire is a Bad Thing

Introduction, paragraph #1, paragraph #2, paragraph #3, example #2: teachers or doctors.

The importance of doctors in the period of the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult to overstate. The well-being of the nation depends on how well doctors can fulfill their duties before society. The US society acknowledges the importance of doctors and healthcare, as it is ready to pay large sums of money to cure the diseases. However, during the lockdown, students and parents all around the world began to understand the importance of teachers.

Before lockdown, everyone took the presence of teachers for granted, as they were always available free of charge. In this country, it has always been the case that while doctors received praises and monetary benefits, teachers remained humble, even though they play the most important role for humanity: passing the knowledge through generations. How fair is that? The present paper claims that even in the period of the pandemic, teachers contribute more to modern society than doctors do.

Example #3: Is Online or Homeschool More Effective?

The learning process can be divided into traditional education in an educational institution and distance learning. The latter form has recently become widely popular due to the development of technology. Besides, the COVID-19 pandemic is driving the increased interest in distance learning. However, there is controversy about whether this form of training is sufficient enough. This essay aims to examine online and homeschooling in a historical and contemporary context and to confirm the thesis that such activity is at least equivalent to a standard type of education.

Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Why do managers hate the performance evaluation?  
  • Why human cloning should be prohibited.  
  • Social media have negative physical and psychological effect on teenagers.  
  • Using cell phones while driving should be completely forbidden.  
  • Why is business ethics important? 
  • Media should change its negative representation of ageing and older people.  
  • What is going on with the world?  
  • Good communication skills are critical for successful business.  
  • Why capitalism is the best economic system.  
  • Sleep is extremely important for human health and wellbeing.  
  • Face-to-face education is more effective than online education.  
  • Why video games can be beneficial for teenagers.  
  • Bullies should be expelled from school as they encroach on the school safety.  
  • Why accountancy is a great occupation and more people should consider it as a future career.  
  • The reasons art and music therapy should be included in basic health insurance.  
  • Impact of climate change on the indoor environment.  
  • Parents should vaccinate their children to prevent the spread of deadly diseases.  
  • Why celebrities should pay more attention to the values they promote.  
  • What is wrong with realism?  
  • Why water recycling should be every government’s priority.  
  • Media spreads fear and panic among people.  
  • Why e-business is very important for modern organizations.  
  • People should own guns for self-protection.  
  • The neccessity of container deposit legislation. 
  • We must save crocodiles to protect ecological balance.  
  • Why we should pay more attention to renewable energy projects.  
  • Anthropology is a critically relevant science.  
  • Why it’s important to create a new global financial order .  
  • Why biodiversity is crucial for the environment?  
  • Why process safety management is crucial for every organization.  
  • Speed limits must not be increased.  
  • What’s wrong with grades at school ?  
  • Why tattoos should be considered as a form of fine art.  
  • Using all-natural bath and body products is the best choice for human health and safety.  
  • What is cancel culture?  
  • Why the Internet has become a problem of modern society.  
  • Illegal immigrants should be provided with basic social services.  
  • Smoking in public places must be banned for people’s safety and comfort.  
  • Why it is essential to control our nutrition .  
  • How to stimulate economic growth?  
  • Why exercise is beneficial for people.  
  • Studying history is decisive for the modern world.  
  • We must decrease fuel consumption to stop global warming.  
  • Why fighting social inequality is necessary.  
  • Why should businesses welcome remote work?  
  • Social media harms communication within families.   
  • College athletes should be paid for their achievements.  
  • Electronic books should replace print books.  
  • People should stop cutting down rainforest .  
  • Why every company should have a web page .  
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  • 31 Powerful Persuasive Writing Techniques: Writtent
  • Persuasive Essay Outline: Houston Community College System
  • Essays that Worked: Hamilton College
  • Argumentative Essays // Purdue Writing Lab
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How to Write Perfect Persuasive Essays in 5 Simple Steps

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WHAT IS A PERSUASIVE ESSAY?

What is a persuasive essay?

A persuasive text presents a point of view around a topic or theme that is backed by evidence to support it.

The purpose of a persuasive text can be varied.  Maybe you intend to influence someone’s opinion on a specific topic, or you might aim to sell a product or service through an advertisement.

The challenge in writing a good persuasive text is to use a mix of emotive language and, in some cases, images that are supported by hard evidence or other people’s opinions.

In a persuasive essay or argument essay, the student strives to convince the reader of the merits of their opinion or stance on a particular issue. The student must utilise several persuasive techniques to form a coherent and logical argument to convince the reader of a point of view or to take a specific action.

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PERSUADING PEOPLE REQUIRES A CONSISTENT APPROACH…

Persuasive texts are simple in structure.  You must clearly state your opinion around a specific topic and then repeatedly reinforce your opinions with external facts or evidence.  A robust concluding summary should leave little doubt in the reader’s mind.  ( Please view our planning tool below for a detailed explanation. )

TYPES OF PERSUASIVE TEXT

We cover the broad topic of writing a general persuasive essay in this guide, there are several sub-genres of persuasive texts students will encounter as they progress through school. We have complete guides on these text types, so be sure to click the links and read these in detail if required.

  • Argumentative Essays – These are your structured “Dogs are better pets than Cats” opinion-type essays where your role is to upsell the positive elements of your opinions to your audience whilst also highlighting the negative aspects of any opposing views using a range of persuasive language and techniques.
  • Advertising – Uses persuasive techniques to sell a good or service to potential customers with a call to action.
  • Debating Speeches – A debate is a structured discussion between two teams on a specific topic that a moderator judges and scores. Your role is to state your case, sell your opinions to the audience, and counteract your opposition’s opinions.
  • Opinion Articles, Newspaper Editorials. – Editorials often use more subtle persuasive techniques that blur the lines of factual news reporting and opinions that tell a story with bias. Sometimes they may even have a call to action at the end.
  • Reviews – Reviews exist to inform others about almost any service or product, such as a film, restaurant, or product. Depending on your experiences, you may have firm opinions or not even care that much about recommending it to others. Either way, you will employ various persuasive techniques to communicate your recommendations to your audience.
  • Please note a DISCUSSION essay is not a traditional persuasive text, as even though you are comparing and contrasting elements, the role of the author is to present an unbiased account of both sides so that the reader can make a decision that works best for them. Discussions are often confused as a form of persuasive writing.

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THE STRUCTURE OF A PERSUASIVE ESSAY

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1. Introduction

In the introduction, the student will naturally introduce the topic. Controversial issues make for great topics in this writing genre. It’s a cliche in polite society to discourage discussions involving politics, sex, or religion because they can often be very divisive. While these subjects may not be the best topics of conversation for the dinner table at Thanksgiving, they can be perfect when deciding on a topic for persuasive writing. Obviously, the student’s age and abilities should be considered, as well as cultural taboos, when selecting a topic for the essay. But the point holds, the more controversial, the better.

Let’s take a look at some of the critical elements of the introduction when writing a persuasive essay:

Title: Tell your audience what they are reading.

This will often be posed as a question; for example, if the essay is on the merits of a vegetarian lifestyle, it may be called something like: To Eat Meat or Not?

Hook : Provide your audience with a reason to continue reading.

As with any genre of writing, capturing the reader’s interest from the outset is crucial. There are several methods of doing this, known as hooks. Students may open their essays with anecdotes, jokes, quotations, or relevant statistics related to the topic under discussion.

Background: Provide some context to your audience.

In this introductory section, students will provide the reader with some background on the topic. This will place the issue in context and briefly weigh some opinions on the subject.

Thesis statement: Let the audience know your stance.

After surveying the topic in the first part of the introduction, it is now time for the student writer to express their opinion and briefly preview the points they will make later in the essay.

2. Body Paragraphs

The number of paragraphs forming this essay section will depend on the number of points the writer chooses to make to support their opinion. Usually three main points will be sufficient for beginning writers to coordinate. More advanced students can increase the number of paragraphs based on the complexity of their arguments, but the overall structure will largely remain intact.

Be sure to check out our complete guide to writing perfect paragraphs here .

The TEEL acronym is valuable for students to remember how to structure their paragraphs.  Read below for a deeper understanding.

Topic Sentence:

The topic sentence states the central point of the paragraph. This will be one of the reasons supporting the thesis statement made in the introduction.

These sentences will build on the topic sentence by illustrating the point further, often by making it more specific.

These sentences’ purpose is to support the paragraph’s central point by providing supporting evidence and examples. This evidence may be statistics, quotations, or anecdotal evidence.

The final part of the paragraph links back to the initial statement of the topic sentence while also forming a bridge to the next point to be made. This part of the paragraph provides some personal analysis and interpretation of how the student arrived at their conclusions and connects the essay as a cohesive whole.

3. Conclusion

The conclusion weaves together the main points of the persuasive essay. It does not usually introduce new arguments or evidence but instead reviews the arguments made already and restates them by summing them up uniquely. It is important at this stage to tie everything back to the initial thesis statement. This is the writer’s last opportunity to drive home their point, to achieve the essay’s goal, to begin with – persuade the reader of their point of view.

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Ending an essay well can be challenging, but it is essential to end strongly, especially for persuasive essays. As with the hooks of the essay’s opening, there are many tried and tested methods of leaving the reader with a strong impression. Encourage students to experiment with different endings, for example, concluding the essay with a quotation that amplifies the thesis statement.

Another method is to have the student rework their ending in simple monosyllabic words, as simple language often has the effect of being more decisive in impact. The effect they are striving for in the final sentence is the closing of the circle.

Several persuasive writing techniques can be used in the conclusion and throughout the essay to amp up the persuasive power of the writing. Let’s take a look at a few.

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PERSUASIVE TECHNIQUES

In this article, we have outlined a basic structure that will be helpful to students in approaching the organization of their persuasive writing. It will also be helpful for the students to be introduced to a few literary techniques that will help your students to present their ideas convincingly. Here are a few of the more common ones:

Repetition: There is a reason why advertisements and commercials are so repetitive – repetition works! Students can use this knowledge to their advantage in their persuasive writing. It is challenging to get the reader to fully agree with the writer’s opinion if they don’t fully understand it. Saying the same thing in various ways ensures the reader gets many bites at the ‘understanding’ cherry.

Repetition Example: “The use of plastic bags is not only bad for the environment, but it is also bad for our economy. Plastic bags are not biodegradable, meaning they will not decompose and will continue to take up space in landfills. Plastic bags are also not recyclable, meaning they will not be reused and will instead end up in landfills. Plastic bags are not only bad for the environment, but they are also bad for our economy as they are costly to dispose of and take up valuable space in landfills.”

In this example, the phrase “not only bad for the environment but also bad for our economy” is repeated multiple times to reinforce the idea that plastic bags are not just a problem for the environment but also the economy. The repetition of the phrase emphasizes the point and makes it more persuasive.

It is also important to note that repetition could be used differently, such as repeating a word or phrase to create rhythm or emphasis.

Storytelling: Humans tend to understand things better through stories. Think of how we teach kids important values through time-tested fables like Peter and the Wolf . Whether through personal anecdotes or references to third-person experiences, stories help climb down the ladder of abstraction and reach the reader on a human level.

Storytelling Example: “Imagine you are walking down the street, and you come across a stray dog clearly in need of food and water. The dog looks up at you with big, sad eyes, and you cannot help but feel a twinge of compassion. Now, imagine that same scenario, but instead of a stray dog, it’s a homeless person sitting on the sidewalk. The person is clearly in need of food and shelter, and their eyes also look up at her with a sense of hopelessness.

The point of this story is to show that just as we feel compelled to help a stray animal in need, we should also feel compelled to help a homeless person. We should not turn a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow human beings, and we should take action to address homelessness in our community. It is important to remember that everyone deserves a roof over their head and a warm meal to eat. The story is designed to elicit an emotional response in the reader and make the argument more relatable and impactful.

By using storytelling, this passage creates an image in the reader’s mind and creates an emotional connection that can be more persuasive than just stating facts and figures.

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Dissent: We live in a cynical age, so leaving out the opposing opinion will smack of avoidance to the reader. Encourage your students to turn to that opposing viewpoint and deal with those arguments in their essays .

Dissent Example: “Many people argue that students should not have to wear uniforms in school. They argue that uniforms stifle creativity and individuality and that students should be able to express themselves through their clothing choices. While these are valid concerns, I strongly disagree.

In fact, uniforms can actually promote individuality by levelling the playing field and removing the pressure to dress in a certain way. Furthermore, uniforms can promote a sense of community and belonging within a school. They can also provide a sense of discipline and structure, which can help to create a more focused and productive learning environment. Additionally, uniforms can save families money and eliminate the stress of deciding what to wear daily .

While some may argue that uniforms stifle creativity and individuality, the benefits of uniforms far outweigh the potential drawbacks. It is important to consider the impact of uniforms on the school as a whole, rather than focusing solely on individual expression.”

In this example, the writer presents the opposing viewpoint (uniforms stifle creativity and individuality) and then provides counterarguments to refute it. By doing so, the writer can strengthen their own argument and present a more convincing case for why uniforms should be worn in school.

A Call to Action: A staple of advertising, a call to action can also be used in persuasive writing. When employed, it usually forms part of the conclusion section of the essay and asks the reader to do something, such as recycle, donate to charity, sign a petition etc.

A quick look around reveals to us the power of persuasion, whether in product advertisements, newspaper editorials, or political electioneering; persuasion is an ever-present element in our daily lives. Logic and reason are essential in persuasion, but they are not the only techniques. The dark arts of persuasion can prey on emotion, greed, and bias. Learning to write persuasively can help our students recognize well-made arguments and help to inoculate them against the more sinister manifestations of persuasion.

Call to Action Example: “Climate change is a pressing issue that affects us all, and it’s important that we take action now to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the planet for future generations. As a society, we have the power to make a difference and it starts with small changes that we can make in our own lives.

I urge you to take the following steps to reduce your carbon footprint:

  • Reduce your use of single-use plastics
  • Use public transportation, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving alone.
  • Support clean energy sources such as solar and wind power
  • Plant trees and support conservation efforts

It’s easy to feel like one person can’t make a difference, but the truth is that every little bit helps. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and for the planet.

So, let’s take action today and make a difference for a better future, it starts with minor changes, but it all adds up and can make a significant impact. We need to take responsibility for our actions and do our part to protect the planet.”

In this example, the writer gives a clear and specific call to action and encourages the reader to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the planet. By doing this, the writer empowers the reader to take action and enables them to change.

Now, go persuade your students of the importance of perfecting the art of persuasive writing!

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20 POPULAR PERSUASIVE ESSAY TOPICS FOR STUDENTS

Writing an effective persuasive essay demonstrates a range of skills that will be of great use in nearly all aspects of life after school.

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In essence, if you can influence a person to change their ideas or thoughts on a given topic through how you structure your words and thoughts, you possess a very powerful skill.

Be careful not to rant wildly.  Use facts and other people’s ideas who think similarly to you in your essay to strengthen your concepts.

Your biggest challenge in getting started may be choosing a suitable persuasive essay topic.  These 20 topics for a persuasive essay should make this process a little easier.

  • WHY ARE WE FASCINATED WITH CELEBRITIES AND WEALTHY PEOPLE ON TELEVISION AND SOCIAL MEDIA?
  • IS IT RIGHT FOR SCHOOLS TO RAISE MONEY BY SELLING CANDY AND UNHEALTHY FOODS TO STUDENTS?
  • SHOULD GIRLS BE ALLOWED TO PLAY ON BOYS SPORTING TEAMS?
  • IS TEACHING HANDWRITING A WASTE OF TIME IN THIS DAY AND AGE?
  • SHOULD THERE BE FAR GREATER RESTRICTIONS AROUND WHAT CAN BE POSTED ON THE INTERNET?
  • SHOULD PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES HAVE TO TAKE DRUG TESTS?
  • ARE TEENAGE PREGNANCY SHOWS A NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON VIEWERS?
  • SHOULD GAMBLING BE PROMOTED IN ANY WAY IN SPORTS EVEN THOUGH IT BRINGS IN LARGE AMOUNTS OF REVENUE?
  • SHOULD SPORTING TEAMS THAT LOSE BE REWARDED BY RECEIVING INCENTIVES SUCH AS HIGH DRAFT PICKS AND / OR FINANCIAL BENEFITS?
  • SHOULD SHARKS THAT ATTACK PEOPLE BE DESTROYED? SHOULD WE GET INVOLVED IN FOREIGN CONFLICTS AND ISSUES THAT DON’T DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR COUNTRY?
  • SHOULD WE GET INVOLVED IN FOREIGN CONFLICTS AND ISSUES THAT DON’T DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR COUNTRY?
  • COULD VIDEO GAMES BE CONSIDERED AS A PROFESSIONAL SPORT?
  • IF YOU WERE THE LEADER OF YOUR COUNTRY AND HAD A LARGE SURPLUS TO SPEND, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
  • WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE CONSIDERED AND TREATED AS AN ADULT?
  • SHOULD SMOKING BECOME AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY?
  • SHOULD THE VOTING AGE BE LOWERED?
  • DOES PROTECTIVE PADDING IN SPORTS MAKE IT MORE DANGEROUS?
  • SHOULD CELL PHONES BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM?
  • IS TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A WASTE OF TIME?
  • SHOULD WE TEACH ETIQUETTE IN SCHOOLS?

PERSUASIVE PROMPTS FOR RELUCTANT WRITERS

If your students need a little more direction and guidance, here are some journal prompts that include aspects to consider.

  • Convince us that students would be better off having a three-day weekend .  There are many angles you could take with this, such as letting children maximize their childhood or trying to convince your audience that a four-day school week might actually be more productive.
  • Which is the best season?  And why?   You will really need to draw on the benefits of your preferred season and sell them to your audience.  Where possible, highlight the negatives of the competing seasons.  Use lots of figurative language and sensory and emotional connections for this topic.
  • Aliens do / or don’t exist?  We can see millions of stars surrounding us just by gazing into the night sky, suggesting alien life should exist, right? Many would argue that if there were aliens we would have seen tangible evidence of them by now.  The only fact is that we just don’t know the answer to this question.  It is your task to try and convince your audience through some research and logic what your point of view is and why.
  • Should school uniforms be mandatory? Do your research on this popular and divisive topic and make your position clear on where you stand and why.  Use plenty of real-world examples to support your thoughts and points of view.  
  • Should Smartphones be banned in schools?   Whilst this would be a complete nightmare for most students’ social lives, maybe it might make schools more productive places for students to focus and learn.  Pick a position, have at least three solid arguments to support your point of view, and sell them to your audience.

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Persuasive Essay Examples (Student Writing Samples)

Below are a collection of persuasive essay samples.  Click on the image to enlarge and explore them in greater detail.  Please take a moment to read the persuasive texts in detail and the teacher and student guides highlight some of the critical elements of writing a persuasion.

Please understand these student writing samples are not intended to be perfect examples for each age or grade level but a piece of writing for students and teachers to explore together to critically analyze to improve student writing skills and deepen their understanding of persuasive text writing.

We recommend reading the example either a year above or below, as well as the grade you are currently working with, to gain a broader appreciation of this text type.

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50 Persuasive Essay Topics to Help You Ace Your Next Assignment

50 Persuasive Essay Topics to Help You Ace Your Next Assignment

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Welcome to your ultimate guide to persuasive essay topics! 

In this post, we’ll provide a list of 50 persuasive essay topics to help you get started on your next assignment. 

We’ll also include some tips for writing a persuasive essay to help you craft a strong and effective argument. Whether you’re a student or a professional writer, these persuasive essay topics are sure to inspire and challenge you.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

Persuasive essays are a type of argumentative essay that encourage the reader to accept a particular point of view or take a specific action.

They typically open with a question, followed by a series of arguments intended to persuade the reader to take the same side as the author.

In a persuasive essay, the author will usually appeal to the readers’ emotions in order to prove that their opinion is the correct one. But this doesn’t mean that persuasive essays ignore evidence , facts, and figures; an effective persuasive essay makes use of a combination of logical argument and emotive language to sway the audience.

A persuasive essay can cover just about anything from pop culture to politics. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of 50 persuasive essay topics to inspire your next assignment!

Top 50 Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Should the government censor the internet?
  • Should the government regulate the sale of violent video games?
  • Should self-driving cars be banned?
  • Is facial recognition software unethical?
  • Should mental health apps collect users’ personal data?
  • Should children under 13 have cell phones?
  • Should internet access be treated as a human right?
  • Should all paperwork be digitized?

Science and the Environment

  • Should the use of plastic bags be banned?
  • Should genetically modified organisms be labeled?
  • Should we clone human beings?
  • Should animal testing be allowed?
  • Should the government fund space exploration?
  • Should the government regulate the use of pesticides in farming?
  • Should the government regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock?
  • Should the government fine people who drive gas-powered vehicles?
  • Should climate change be declared a national emergency?

Crime and Politics

  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Should all American citizens have to serve a year of community service?
  • Should the US voting age be lowered to 16?
  • Should the government adopt a tougher immigration policy?
  • Should the government cut its military spending?
  • Should the government introduce a national living wage?
  • Should politicians be banned from social media?
  • Should the electoral college be abolished?

Health and Fitness

  • Should the government provide universal healthcare?
  • Should the government ban the use of certain chemicals in cosmetics?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their unborn child?
  • Should physical exercise be mandatory at work?
  • Should employees have to disclose health conditions to their employers?
  • Should fast food commercials be banned?
  • Should herbal medicines be better regulated?
  • Should regular mental health checkups be mandatory?
  • Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell?
  • Should students be required to wear uniforms?
  • Should the government provide free college education?
  • Should schools offer comprehensive sex education?
  • Are high school students given too much homework?
  • Should humanities and arts subjects receive more funding?
  • Should military recruiters be allowed on school grounds?
  • Is the school day too long?
  • Should every US citizen be required to learn another language?

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  • Should the drinking age be lowered or raised?
  • Should the use of tobacco be banned?
  • Should marijuana be legalized?
  • Should all museums and art galleries be free?
  • Should kids be encouraged to read more?
  • Should public spaces provide unisex bathrooms?
  • Is pet ownership a human right?
  • Should extreme sports be banned?

Tips for Writing a Persuasive Essay

Once you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to start writing your persuasive essay. Here are our tips:

Choose a Side

When you’ve picked the question you’re going to address in your essay, you also need to choose one side – or answer – that you’re going to write in favor of.

It helps if you’re passionate about the topic, as this will enable you to write from an emotional perspective.

Do Your Research

In order to write persuasively , you need to understand the topic you’re writing about. 

Make sure you know the details of your subject matter, and can provide facts and figures to back up your appeal to your readers’ emotions.

You should also read up about different points of view on the topic, so that you can bring them up in the form of counterarguments and rebuttals .

Keep Your Audience in Mind

When you’re writing your essay, think about who it is you’re trying to persuade. The way you speak to a student, for example, will be different to how you address a parent.

Consider what your potential audience will value, and how you can reach them on an emotional level. 

Outline Your Essay

Now you’ve got all the information you need, it’s time to plan and write your essay.

You should break it down into the follow sections:

  • An introduction, which sets up the question you’re going to answer and what side of the argument you are aiming to persuade the reader of.
  • The body of the essay, with a paragraph for each of the points you want to make.
  • A conclusion, where you summarize your points and main arguments.

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Imagine being able to sway opinions, influence decisions, and convince others with the power of words.

That’s what good persuasive writing can help you achieve! Persuasive essays provide you an opportunity to express your opinions, convince your readers, inspire action, and make a lasting impact. 

So how can you write a great persuasive essay? 

If you're eager to learn the art of persuasive writing, you're in the right place. In this guide, we’ll dive into the step-by-step writing process that can help you. You’ll also get example essays and tips that will make your persuasive writing stand out. 

Let’s dive in!

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What is a Persuasive Essay?

A persuasive essay is a form of writing that aims to convince its audience to adopt a particular viewpoint or take a specific course of action. 

The writer takes a clear position on an issue and attempts to convince the readers through different persuasive techniques, such as evidence and anecdotes. The point is to resonate with the readers emotionally AND logically on a specific issue. 

It's like being a lawyer in a courtroom, making a compelling argument to sway the jury (your readers) to your side. The goal of a persuasive essay can vary, from changing the readers’ opinion on a controversial topic to inspiring them to support a cause or take action on an issue.

What’s the Difference Between Persuasive & Argumentative Essays?

Persuasive and argumentative essays are often confused with each other, but they have distinct differences in terms of their purpose and approach. 

Here are the main differences between persuasive vs. argumentative essays:

The 3 Elements of Persuasion

Before we get into the writing steps, we must understand the basic elements of persuasion. These elements, known as "ethos," "pathos," and "logos," are fundamental to crafting a persuasive essay that resonates with your audience and effectively conveys your message.

  • Ethos: Building Credibility and Trust

Ethos, derived from the Greek word for "character," focuses on establishing your credibility as a writer and gaining the trust of your readers. It involves establishing one's authority, expertise, and reliability in the eyes of the audience. In a persuasive essay, ethos is often established through:

  • Demonstrating expertise on the subject matter.
  • Citing credible sources and references.
  • Maintaining a respectful and professional tone.
  • Acknowledging and addressing opposing viewpoints.

These steps can help you gain the trust of your readers. Ethos provides them a reason to trust you and listen to your arguments.

  • Pathos: Stirring Emotions and Empathy

Pathos is the emotional appeal aimed at evoking specific emotions or empathy from the audience. It seeks to connect with readers on a personal and emotional level. In a persuasive essay, pathos can be incorporated by:

  • Using vivid and emotionally charged language.
  • Sharing compelling anecdotes or stories.
  • Appealing to the values and beliefs of the audience.
  • Highlighting the human or emotional impact of the topic.

The emotional aspect is essential to good persuasive writing. Still, it should be used in moderation to be effective. 

  • Logos: Employing Logic and Reasoning

Logos appeals to the reader's sense of logic and reason. It involves presenting a well-structured, logical argument supported by evidence. In a persuasive essay, logos is evident through:

  • Presenting clear and well-structured arguments.
  • Providing factual evidence, statistics, and research findings.
  • Using logical reasoning and deductive or inductive arguments.
  • Addressing and refuting counterarguments effectively.

When used together, these three elements can be effective tools for persuasion. By utilizing all three elements, the speaker increases the chances of influencing their audience. You can read more about ethos, pathos, and logos to understand them better and ensure their correct usage in your writing. 

Here is a video you can watch about the three persuasive techniques:

How to Write a Persuasive Essay

Persuasive essays are very common, especially for students. However, they are challenging to write if you don’t know where to start. Here are the steps that can help make your writing process easier.

Step 1: Select an Interesting Topic & Define Your Position

Choosing a topic is the most crucial part. Your topic should be engaging and debatable, in which you can clearly define your position. Here are some tips for selecting a topic:

  • Identify Your Interests: You should consider something that is interesting to you too, as this will make it easier and enjoyable for you to write about it. 
  • Consider Your Audience: Think about who your target audience is. Your topic should resonate with them and be relevant to their interests, concerns, or beliefs.
  • Define Your Position: Clearly define your stance or position on your potential topics. Ask yourself: What do I want to persuade my audience to believe or do regarding this topic? What are the key points or arguments I will use to support my position? 
  • Avoid Overly Broad or Narrow Topics: Ensure that your topic is neither too broad nor too narrow. An overly broad topic may lack focus, while an overly narrow one may not provide enough material for a persuasive argument.

Step 2: Research & Gather Evidence

Gather credible sources, statistics, facts, and evidence to support your argument. Conducting thorough research uncovers the themes, arguments, and discussions about your topic, helping you find the best arguments you need.

While collecting information, take detailed notes so you can cite sources later. You also have to evaluate the evidence and priotize those points that can better support your position.

Step 3: Make an Outline

Now that you’ve gathered your main points, you need to organize them in a logical structure. Outline the structure of your essay with a clear introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Here are the main points you should include in your first outline: 

  • Thesis Statement: State the main thesis of your essay. presents your main argument. It should clearly mention your position on the topic and how you are going to argue for it.
  • Body Paragraphs: The body paragraph outline should contain the topic sentence and supporting points. Mention clear and concise topic sentences that introduce the main point of each paragraph.
  • Supporting Evidence: Also add supporting evidence, examples, statistics, or quotes for each paragraph that bolster your argument. Ensure each piece of evidence is relevant and directly supports your point.
  • Conclusion: If your persuasive essay aims to prompt a specific action or response from the reader, include a call to action in your outline. Clearly state what you want your audience to think or do after reading your essay.

See this outline format below to understand better:

Persuasive Essay Outline Format

Want to learn more about making an outline? Check out our complete guide to crafting a persuasive essay outline . 

Step 4: Write Your First Draft

With a solid outline in place, it's time to start crafting your persuasive essay's first draft. Follow these guidelines to write your initial draft effectively:

  • Follow the Outline: Refer to your outline as your roadmap. Begin by writing the introduction, followed by the body paragraphs, addressing each point in the order outlined. Finish with the conclusion.
  • Write Freely: In the first draft, focus on getting your ideas down on paper without worrying too much about perfection. Don't be overly concerned about grammar, spelling, or word choice at this stage; you can edit and refine later.
  • Maintain a Consistent Tone: Maintain a tone that aligns with your persuasive goals, whether it's authoritative, passionate, or empathetic. Consistency in tone will help your argument come across convincingly.
  • Support with Evidence: As you develop your arguments in the body paragraphs, ensure that each point is supported with strong evidence, examples, statistics, or quotes from credible sources.
  • Address Counterarguments: Incorporate responses to potential counterarguments where relevant, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the issue and reinforcing your position.
  • Be Concise and Clear: Write concisely, expressing your ideas clearly and avoiding unnecessary jargon or complexity. The clarity of your arguments is crucial for persuading your audience.

Step 5: Proofread & Revise

Once you've completed the first draft, take a break to gain some distance from your work. When you return, begin the revision process. Focus on refining your arguments, improving clarity, and ensuring that your essay flows logically.

  • Proofread: Carefully proofread your first draft for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Improve the essay format and clarity wherever possible. 
  • Seek Feedback: Share your first draft with peers, teachers, or writing tutors to obtain feedback on the persuasiveness, clarity, and overall effectiveness of your essay. Use this feedback to make necessary improvements.
  • Polish Your Draft: After incorporating feedback and revising accordingly, refine your essay to its final form. Ensure that it aligns with your outline and effectively conveys your persuasive message.
  • Cite Sources: Remember to include proper citations for all sources used within your essay. Follow the citation style specified by your instructor or guidelines.

Persuasive Essay Structure

A well-structured persuasive essay is essential to effectively convey your argument and persuade your audience. The structure typically consists of three main parts: the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. 

A persuasive essay should be at least five paragraphs long. With one introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. However, the number of body paragraphs can extend based on your topic.

Introduction

The essay introduction serves as the gateway to your persuasive essay. Its primary purpose is to grab the reader's attention, provide context for your argument, and present your thesis statement—the core of your persuasive message. Here's how to craft an engaging introduction:

  • Hook: Start with a compelling hook—a catchy phrase, a thought-provoking question, a surprising statistic, or a relevant anecdote that draws the reader in and piques their interest.
  • Background Information: Offer a brief overview of the topic to provide context and ensure that your readers understand the issue at hand. Keep this section concise and relevant.
  • Thesis Statement: Conclude your introduction with a clear and concise thesis statement . This statement should clearly state your position on the topic and preview the main points you'll be discussing in the body of your essay.

Body Paragraphs

The body paragraphs form the core of your persuasive essay, where you present your point of view and build your case. Here's how to structure and write effective body paragraphs:

  • Topic Sentence: Start each body paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the main point or argument of that paragraph.
  • Supporting Evidence: Follow the topic sentence with relevant evidence, examples, statistics, quotes, or facts that support your argument. Ensure that your evidence is credible and directly relates to your point.
  • Analysis: After presenting your evidence, analyze it thoroughly. Explain how the evidence supports your thesis and persuades the reader. Discuss the implications and significance of the evidence.
  • Transition: Use transition sentences at the end of each body paragraph to link it to the next one. These transitions ensure that your essay flows smoothly, maintaining coherence.

The conclusion is where you bring your persuasive essay to a close, summarizing your main points, restating your thesis, and leaving a lasting impression. Follow these guidelines for an effective conclusion:

  • Summarize Main Points: Begin by summarizing the key points you've made in the body of your essay. Concisely restate the main arguments you presented.
  • Restate Thesis: Reiterate your thesis statement in slightly different words. Emphasize the central message of your essay.
  • Closing Statement: End your conclusion with a thought-provoking or memorable closing statement. This statement should leave a lasting impact on the reader, encouraging them to reflect on your argument.
  • Avoid New Information: Do not introduce new information or arguments in the conclusion. It should provide a sense of closure rather than introducing new ideas.

Persuasive Essay Format

After writing the complete essay according to the structure above, you need to ensure correct formatting. Formatting ensures that your essay is readable and presentable.

There are several standardized formatting styles used in writing, such as APA and MLA . If you are writing a persuasive essay as an assignment, always ask your instructor about their preferred format. 

Meanwhile, you should format your essay according to these common guidelines:

  • Font Style:       Times New Roman.
  • Font Size:        12pt 
  • Line Spacing:   Double-spaced.
  • Alignment:       Left Alignment
  • Indent:              First-Line indent

Persuasive Essay Examples

Studying persuasive essay examples can be immensely helpful in understanding how to craft a compelling and effective persuasive essay.

Check out these sample essays below:

Persuasive Essay on Social Media (PDF)

Persuasive Essay Samples (PDF)

Persuasive Essay on Abortions (PDF)

Persuasive Essay Sample - Death Penalty

Persuasive Essay on the Preservation of Nature

Want more examples? We’ve got you covered! Head to our persuasive essay examples blog to find persuasive papers on various topics.

Persuasive Essay Topics

Selecting an engaging and relevant topic is the first step in crafting a persuasive essay. Here are a few persuasive essay prompts and ideas to spark your inspiration:

  • Advocate for the reduction of single-use plastics to combat plastic pollution.
  • Argue for the inclusion of financial literacy education in high school curricula.
  • Argue for responsible usage and regulations to combat negative influence of social media.
  • Persuade readers of the benefits of universal healthcare.
  • Take a stance on the importance of online privacy and stronger data protection laws.
  • Argue for electoral reform, such as ranked-choice voting, to improve the fairness and effectiveness of elections.
  • Convince your audience of the benefits of supporting local businesses and shopping locally.
  • Make a case for stricter penalties against human trafficking.
  • Argue for increased public funding for the arts to support creativity and cultural enrichment.
  • Argue for or against the use of artificial intelligence and automation in the workplace.

Need more ideas? Check out our compilation of 200+ persuasive essay topics and find the best topic.

Tips for Writing Stand-Out Persuasive Essays

Now that you know the writing steps and have read some examples, you are able to write a good persuasive essay. However, you can make it even better with the following tips and techniques:

  • Clarity and Conciseness: Write in a clear and concise way. Avoid jargon or overly complex language to make your message easily understandable.
  • Use Persuasive Techniques: Employ persuasive language and rhetoric techniques, such as ethos, pathos, and logos, to appeal to your audience's emotions, ethics, and logic. Use powerful verbs, descriptive adjectives, and vivid metaphors to make your writing engaging.
  • Tell a Compelling Story: Use storytelling techniques to illustrate your points. Engaging narratives can make your arguments more relatable and memorable.
  • Provide Real-Life Examples: Support your arguments with concrete, real-life examples and case studies. Personal anecdotes or case stories can be particularly persuasive.
  • Address the Reader Directly: Use the second-person point of view (you) to address the reader directly, making your essay more engaging and relatable.
  • Maintain a Confident Tone: Maintain a confident and assertive tone throughout your essay. Confidence in your message can persuade readers to adopt your viewpoint.
  • Provide Solutions: Suggest practical solutions or actions that can be taken to address the issue you're discussing. Offering a path forward can be persuasive.

To conclude,

From understanding the fundamentals of persuasion to learning the writing steps, you now know how to craft an essay that engages and compels your audience to accept your position. Additionally, with the help of our examples and tips, you can make your arguments even stronger.

With this knowledge and techniques, you're now ready to embark on your persuasive writing endeavors. So start writing persuasive papers without hesitation and inspire others to see the world through your lens.  

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One of the most common questions we receive at the Writing Center is “what am I supposed to do in my conclusion?” This is a difficult question to answer because there’s no one right answer to what belongs in a conclusion. How you conclude your paper will depend on where you started—and where you traveled. It will also depend on the conventions and expectations of the discipline in which you are writing. For example, while the conclusion to a STEM paper could focus on questions for further study, the conclusion of a literature paper could include a quotation from your central text that can now be understood differently in light of what has been discussed in the paper. You should consult your instructor about expectations for conclusions in a particular discipline.

With that in mind, here are some general guidelines you might find helpful to use as you think about your conclusion.  

Begin with the “what”  

In a short paper—even a research paper—you don’t need to provide an exhaustive summary as part of your conclusion. But you do need to make some kind of transition between your final body paragraph and your concluding paragraph. This may come in the form of a few sentences of summary. Or it may come in the form of a sentence that brings your readers back to your thesis or main idea and reminds your readers where you began and how far you have traveled.

So, for example, in a paper about the relationship between ADHD and rejection sensitivity, Vanessa Roser begins by introducing readers to the fact that researchers have studied the relationship between the two conditions and then provides her explanation of that relationship. Here’s her thesis: “While socialization may indeed be an important factor in RS, I argue that individuals with ADHD may also possess a neurological predisposition to RS that is exacerbated by the differing executive and emotional regulation characteristic of ADHD.”

In her final paragraph, Roser reminds us of where she started by echoing her thesis: “This literature demonstrates that, as with many other conditions, ADHD and RS share a delicately intertwined pattern of neurological similarities that is rooted in the innate biology of an individual’s mind, a connection that cannot be explained in full by the behavioral mediation hypothesis.”  

Highlight the “so what”  

At the beginning of your paper, you explain to your readers what’s at stake—why they should care about the argument you’re making. In your conclusion, you can bring readers back to those stakes by reminding them why your argument is important in the first place. You can also draft a few sentences that put those stakes into a new or broader context.

In the conclusion to her paper about ADHD and RS, Roser echoes the stakes she established in her introduction—that research into connections between ADHD and RS has led to contradictory results, raising questions about the “behavioral mediation hypothesis.”

She writes, “as with many other conditions, ADHD and RS share a delicately intertwined pattern of neurological similarities that is rooted in the innate biology of an individual’s mind, a connection that cannot be explained in full by the behavioral mediation hypothesis.”  

Leave your readers with the “now what”  

After the “what” and the “so what,” you should leave your reader with some final thoughts. If you have written a strong introduction, your readers will know why you have been arguing what you have been arguing—and why they should care. And if you’ve made a good case for your thesis, then your readers should be in a position to see things in a new way, understand new questions, or be ready for something that they weren’t ready for before they read your paper.

In her conclusion, Roser offers two “now what” statements. First, she explains that it is important to recognize that the flawed behavioral mediation hypothesis “seems to place a degree of fault on the individual. It implies that individuals with ADHD must have elicited such frequent or intense rejection by virtue of their inadequate social skills, erasing the possibility that they may simply possess a natural sensitivity to emotion.” She then highlights the broader implications for treatment of people with ADHD, noting that recognizing the actual connection between rejection sensitivity and ADHD “has profound implications for understanding how individuals with ADHD might best be treated in educational settings, by counselors, family, peers, or even society as a whole.”

To find your own “now what” for your essay’s conclusion, try asking yourself these questions:

  • What can my readers now understand, see in a new light, or grapple with that they would not have understood in the same way before reading my paper? Are we a step closer to understanding a larger phenomenon or to understanding why what was at stake is so important?  
  • What questions can I now raise that would not have made sense at the beginning of my paper? Questions for further research? Other ways that this topic could be approached?  
  • Are there other applications for my research? Could my questions be asked about different data in a different context? Could I use my methods to answer a different question?  
  • What action should be taken in light of this argument? What action do I predict will be taken or could lead to a solution?  
  • What larger context might my argument be a part of?  

What to avoid in your conclusion  

  • a complete restatement of all that you have said in your paper.  
  • a substantial counterargument that you do not have space to refute; you should introduce counterarguments before your conclusion.  
  • an apology for what you have not said. If you need to explain the scope of your paper, you should do this sooner—but don’t apologize for what you have not discussed in your paper.  
  • fake transitions like “in conclusion” that are followed by sentences that aren’t actually conclusions. (“In conclusion, I have now demonstrated that my thesis is correct.”)
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Persuasive essays are a bit like argument essays and persuasive speeches , but they tend to be a little kinder and gentler. Argument essays require you to discuss and to attack an alternate view, while persuasive essays are attempts to convince the reader that you have a believable argument. In other words, you are an advocate, not an adversary.

A Persuasive Essay Has 3 Components

  • Introduction : This is the opening paragraph of your essay. It contains the hook, which is used to grab the reader's attention, and the thesis, or argument, which you'll explain in the next section.
  • Body : This is the heart of your essay, usually three to five paragraphs in length. Each paragraph examines one theme or issue used to support your thesis.
  • Conclusion : This is the final paragraph of your essay. In it, you'll sum up the main points of the body and connect them to your thesis. Persuasive essays often use the conclusion as a last appeal to the audience.

Learning how to write a persuasive essay is an essential skill that people use every day in fields from business to law to media and entertainment. English students can begin writing a persuasive essay at any skill level. You're sure to find a sample topic or two from the list of 100 persuasive essays below, sorted by degree of difficulty.

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  • Kids should get paid for good grades.
  • Students should have less homework.
  • Snow days are great for family time.
  • Penmanship is important.
  • Short hair is better than long hair.
  • We should all grow our own vegetables.
  • We need more holidays.
  • Aliens probably exist.
  • Gym class is more important than music class.
  • Kids should be able to vote.
  • Kids should get paid for extra activities like sports.
  • School should take place in the evenings.
  • Country life is better than city life.
  • City life is better than country life.
  • We can change the world.
  • Skateboard helmets should be mandatory.
  • We should provide food for the poor.
  • Children should be paid for doing chores.
  • We should populate the moon .
  • Dogs make better pets than cats.

Intermediate

  • The government should impose household trash limits.
  • Nuclear weapons are an effective deterrent against foreign attack.
  • Teens should be required to take parenting classes.
  • We should teach etiquette in schools.
  • School uniform laws are unconstitutional.
  • All students should wear uniforms.
  • Too much money is a bad thing.
  • High schools should offer specialized degrees in arts or sciences.
  • Magazine advertisements send unhealthy signals to young women.
  • Robocalling should be outlawed.
  • Age 12 is too young to babysit.
  • Children should be required to read more.
  • All students should be given the opportunity to study abroad.
  • Yearly driving tests should be mandatory past age 65.
  • Cell phones should never be used while driving.
  • All schools should implement bullying awareness programs.
  • Bullies should be kicked out of school.
  • Parents of bullies should have to pay a fine.
  • The school year should be longer.
  • School days should start later.
  • Teens should be able to choose their bedtime.
  • There should be a mandatory entrance exam for high school.
  • Public transit should be privatized.
  • We should allow pets in school.
  • The voting age should be lowered to 16.
  • Beauty contests are bad for body image.
  • Every American should learn to speak Spanish.
  • Every immigrant should learn to speak English.
  • Video games can be educational.
  • College athletes should be paid for their services.
  • We need a military draft .
  • Professional sports should eliminate cheerleaders.
  • Teens should be able to start driving at 14 instead of 16.
  • Year-round school is a bad idea.
  • High school campuses should be guarded by police officers.
  • The legal drinking age should be lowered to 19.
  • Kids under 15 shouldn't have Facebook pages.
  • Standardized testing should be eliminated.
  • Teachers should be paid more.
  • There should be one world currency.
  • Domestic surveillance without a warrant should be legal.
  • Letter grades should be replaced with a pass or fail.
  • Every family should have a natural disaster survival plan.
  • Parents should talk to kids about drugs at a young age.
  • Racial slurs should be illegal.
  • Gun ownership should be tightly regulated.
  • Puerto Rico should be granted statehood.
  • People should go to jail when they abandon their pets.
  • Free speech should have limitations.
  • Members of Congress should be subject to term limits.
  • Recycling should be mandatory for everyone.
  • High-speed internet access should be regulated like a public utility.
  • Yearly driving tests should be mandatory for the first five years after getting a license.
  • Recreational marijuana should be made legal nationwide.
  • Legal marijuana should be taxed and regulated like tobacco or alcohol.
  • Child support dodgers should go to jail.
  • Students should be allowed to pray in school.
  • All Americans have a constitutional right to health care.
  • Internet access should be free for everyone.
  • Social Security should be privatized.
  • Pregnant couples should receive parenting lessons.
  • We shouldn't use products made from animals.
  • Celebrities should have more privacy rights.
  • Professional football is too violent and should be banned.
  • We need better sex education in schools.
  • School testing is not effective.
  • The United States should build a border wall with Mexico and with Canada.
  • Life is better than it was 50 years ago.
  • Eating meat is unethical.
  • A vegan diet is the only diet people should follow.
  • Medical testing on animals should be illegal.
  • The Electoral College is outdated.
  • Medical testing on animals is necessary.
  • Public safety is more important than an individual's right to privacy.
  • Single-sex colleges provide a better education.
  • Books should never be banned.
  • Violent video games can cause people to act violently in real life.
  • Freedom of religion has limitations.
  • Nuclear power should be illegal.
  • Climate change should be the president's primary political concern.
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How to Write a Persuasive Essay

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In this article, you will find some working tips, written by essay service writers, on how to make your persuasive essay a convincing and well-structured piece.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

What is a persuasive essay? First and foremost, you need to figure out the premise of the task you are assigned to prepare. The aim of persuasive essays is to convince the reader of the stance that you are taking on a particular subject. 

While presenting an argument, the writer must use sources, research, present well-formulated ideas. If you want to know how to write a good persuasive essay, better get to know all there is on an argumentative essay because you should persuade the reader using strong arguments. 

Seek to employ logic and sound reasoning while writing a persuasive essay, as this is going to help you win over the audience. 

The Elements of Persuasive Essay

Persuasive essay format bases itself on establishing a position and defending it. The opposing argumentation should also be taken into consideration. This type of writing can take many forms and perform many functions ranging from plain informative pieces to more complicated forms. 

Evidence is of crucial importance for making a competent claim. The collection, analysis, and generation of pertinent evidence are fundamental. All types of informative essays require a well-structured thesis statement and knowledge on how to write a persuasive argument. 

The thesis statement is usually only one sentence long. It propels the whole composition forward and sets it into a clear direction for the readers.

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Persuasive Essay Format

When you have picked a topic among the given suggestions (or formulated your own), it is time to get to writing. A persuasive essay format presupposes three sections: introduction, body, and conclusion. 

The body should include an additional section with the paragraph presenting an opposing view. Below you will find a brief description of the format. To outline persuasive essay briefly, here is the summing up:

  • Introduction
  • Conclusion 

If you want to get a better understanding of how to start a persuasive essay and finish such a piece, keep reading.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay Outline

The persuasive essay outline does not differ much from any other essay task you might be getting. The purpose of an outline for an argumentative essay is to figure out what you are going to cover in the text itself. 

There are three parts in it: an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Also, one of the most important sections is a list of references that is to be presented at the end of the work. 

The width of the topic will influence the number of body paragraphs, so our paper writing service professionals recommend you keep that in mind when choosing a topic. In the conclusion of your persuasive essay, remind the reader of the main issue in question and your thesis statement in particular.

Instead of providing a thesis statement in the shape of the sharp argument, the author should stress the importance of the issue.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay Introduction

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The persuasive essay introduction should grab the reader's attention and provide background information about the subject. At this point, the author should introduce an overview of the argument. It should close with a clear thesis statement clearly presenting the author's stance.

What About Body Paragraphs?

The body of your piece of writing is a vital part of the essay. It should contain paragraphs that directly support the thesis. Each such paragraph should begin with a clear and concise topic sentence that focuses on one key point and provides a strong argument. 

The body part of the essay should be composed of quotes, facts, and examples that base themselves on research to clarify the author's position. Every paragraph should end with a transitional sentence that wraps up the previous thought and introduces the next section.

The basic concept of a persuasive paragraph lies in its intention. It reveals bias and attempts to sway the reader in a certain favor. Explaining relevancy is also important, as well as leaving the reader with a clearly formulated conclusion. 

At least one part of the essay should acknowledge the opposing viewpoint. To write a good persuasive essay, the author needs to choose a strong conflicting claim and present counter-arguments. Similarly, it can cover inconsistencies in logic and give contradictory evidence to a certain viewpoint.

The conclusion summarizes the essay and restates the main argument and supporting reasons that compel a reader to do what the writer suggests. Most authors prefer to close their persuasive essay with a personal comment or a question as if in ib extended essay . 

Such a trick can prompt the reader to think about the issue more and draw one's own conclusions. The paragraph should enable the reader to consider the author's viewpoint and get to know it in detail.

This format is similar to that of a persuasive speech. One of the most important functions of this paragraph is to bring in a necessary insight. Some questions for persuasive essay writer to consider when writing your conclusion are:

  • What are real-world applications of this paper's argument?
  • Am I writing about something important?
  • What are some of the questions that this paper's argument raises?
  • What are the implications of this paper's argument?

How to Write a Persuasive Argument: Step by Step Guide

Unless you order essay writing services, understanding your audience is exactly what will help you write not just a good persuasive essay but an excellent one. Awareness of whether the public agrees, disagrees, or is neutral to a particular issue. Making a compelling argument and structuring your piece well are crucial aspects.

Along with engaging the audience, there are several important steps you need to go through before being ready for writing. Let's consider a persuasive essay as a more "gentle" type of a strong argumentative essay. 

An argumentative essay strives to nullify the opposing view, while the persuasive essay merely provides reliable information that mainly supports the established thesis.

Deciding on a Topic

Unless you have a particular persuasive essay prompt that you need to follow, you probably are absolutely free on what to write about. Deciding on the issue is the hardest part, but the topic section of this post will give you plenty of ideas to consider. 

Just remember that a too broad topic may very well leave your argument underdeveloped. On the other hand, picking something too specific may turn out to lack strong argumentation.

In-Depth Research 

When you have decided on a direction, it is best to start to scour the Internet and all the available sources for making sure you are proficient in the subject . 

You must search every available website (that is relevant to the subject, of course), which may lead you to other sources that could potentially expand the scope of your argument.

Save Potential Resources

When you think you have found what you were looking for, don't forget to archive or bookmark the material for later. You will most likely need to cite it later on. Be ready to pull it up at a moment's notice because you will need every bit of information you can get.

Work on the Outline

Formulating a persuasive essay guide is not very difficult. Just follow the provided format (if available) and devise key points. This will be sufficient for writing a sound persuasive essay.

Work on the Draft

With enough preparation, working on the draft may become the easiest part of the process. Putting ideas on paper with the sources prepared beforehand, and a well-structured outline at hand won't take much time. Also, a strong thesis is an important component of the establishment of your argument.

Persuasive Essay Examples 

Adequate phrasing is really important for the purposes of a persuasive essay. Keep in mind that the issue must be debatable, both sides must be presented, and the opposing viewpoint is to be disputed. 

This can be possible only if you are well informed about the subject matter. Here are a few samples of good persuasive essay topics that may engage the public prepared by our custom essay writing service writers.

  • Is the Bible a rational source of morality and ethics in modern society?
Things connected with religion are bound to creating controversy, especially if there are extremes debating. The argument could be that the holy writings are, to an extent, outdated and no longer fit into the context of the ever-evolving human civilization. The opposite viewpoint could reflect beliefs and history. There can also be a focus on the importance of holy writings throughout the millennia.
  • Is a vegan lifestyle better than that of a meat-eater?
With the increasing evidence of global warming and overpopulation, champions of self-sustainable living try to promote a vegan diet. Pros and cons are apparent; it is just a matter of taking a side and getting a bit more precise about it.
  • Is the electoral college flawed?
This is a very trendy topic , considering the current events. Diving deeper in it will allow for historical engagement and expansion of an argument through the use of sources and historical background.
  • The feasibility of cloning and the ethical side
This is one of many persuasive essay topics for high school that is considered a classic already. With enough research, this example can go a long way in structuring a cohesive claim. It requires extensive research and application of opinion, and better present it in a neutral fashion.
  • Is knowledge of music theory required to create quality art?
There are many examples of musicians who had no background in theoretical music and still managed to make a career in this sphere. This begs the question, is formal education even necessary in the context of success?

Persuasive Essay Rubric

Most of the tutors will base their grades on a persuasive essay rubric. Here are the general guidelines to follow when synthesizing your reasoning.

  • Organization

The introduction should hook readers, have a strong thesis, and propel the rest of the essay in a logical order. The conclusion should be a well-structured restatement of the main idea.

This crucial part identifies the main viewpoint chosen by the author.

  • Reasoning/Supporting the Ideas

At least three reasons (within body paragraphs) should be presented. They must be supported by sources.

Consider the audience and possible reception of the ideas each time you work on the text. 

  • Word Choice

Be creative in your presentation, strive to sound fluent, and engaging.

  • Grammar and Syntax

There should be no errors regarding grammar, spelling, syntax, etc.

When you have chosen the topic, it is high time to think of where to begin with a persuasive essay. We advise you to start with a body part. Introduction and conclusion are easier to complete, especially after you make sure that the basis of your essay is logical and understandable to the reader. 

The final part should summarize what is written in the main part. Conclusions should relate to the issues outlined in the introductory part. They should be brief and evolve around the thesis.

The conclusion should not literally repeat the sentences from the main part. You should also try to abstain from using template phrases (such as "I have come to the following conclusions", "Based on the foregoing, we can draw the following conclusions"). 

Following these steps when writing a persuasive essay, you can avoid common mistakes and create an interesting and compelling piece. It is easy enough to find a sample of writing on the Internet, but you need to remember that not all freely available works are performed at a high level. 

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Persuasive Essay Topics: Top 150 Choices

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Did you know that the word 'persuade' is derived from the Latin word 'persuadere,' which means 'to make someone agree or believe through argument or reasoning'? It's a fascinating linguistic connection to the art of writing a persuasive essay, a skill that has the potential to shape opinions, spark discussions, and even drive change.

In this article, our persuasive essay writer will delve into a carefully curated selection of 150 essay topics that are designed to ignite debate, stimulate critical thinking, and empower you to make a compelling case for your viewpoint. Whether you're a student looking for a captivating, persuasive essay idea for your next assignment or an advocate seeking to raise awareness about critical issues, our list offers a diverse range of ideas that can serve as a powerful catalyst for meaningful discourse and positive transformation.

A Comprehensive List of Persuasive Essay Topics

In this comprehensive list, our paper writing service experts have compiled an extensive range of persuasive essay topics to suit various interests and academic levels. Whether you're a college student seeking to engage in complex debates, a high school student eager to make a compelling case, or an advocate looking to address critical issues, we've got you covered. Our topics span across diverse categories such as education, history, society, health, and more. This article is your one-stop resource for finding the perfect topic that aligns with your passion and purpose, ensuring your persuasive essays stand out.

Good Persuasive Essay Topics

In our pursuit of engaging and impactful essay subjects, let's begin by delving into ten distinctive topics that transcend the commonplace. These choices not only provide fresh perspectives but also present an opportunity to learn how to research a topic effectively.

  • Contemplating the Art of Mindful Consumption : Discuss the ethical implications of our consumer choices and how conscious shopping can transform our world.
  • Digital Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Analyze the trade-offs between personal privacy and data collection in our increasingly interconnected world.
  • The Future of Work: Universal Basic Income: Delve into the concept of universal basic income and its potential to address economic inequality and job displacement in the age of automation.
  • Cryptocurrency Adoption and Its Impact on Traditional Banking: Examine how the rise of cryptocurrencies is reshaping the financial landscape and challenging traditional banking systems.
  • Sustainable Fashion: Balancing Style and Environmental Responsibility: Discuss the fashion industry's ecological footprint and the importance of sustainable clothing practices.
  • Decoding Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Explore the transformative potential of AI in revolutionizing healthcare and its implications for medical professionals and patients.
  • The Power of Solar Roadways: Investigate the concept of solar roadways as an innovative solution for both energy generation and sustainable infrastructure.
  • The Intersection of Virtual Reality and Education: Analyze the benefits and challenges of integrating virtual reality technology into the classroom for enhanced learning experiences.
  • Reimagining Urban Planning: The 15-Minute City Concept: Delve into the urban planning movement that aims to create more sustainable and livable cities by emphasizing short commutes and community-centric design.
  • The Impact of Eco-Anxiety on Mental Health: Discuss the psychological effects of climate change-related anxiety and ways to address and mitigate its impact on individuals and society.

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Persuasive Essay Topics for College

When it comes to persuasive essay topics for students, the expectation is high. College-level writing demands critical thinking, compelling arguments, and well-researched positions. Here are ten thought-provoking topics tailored for the academic environment:

  • The Ethics of Cloning and Genetic Engineering in Higher Education: Explore the moral and scientific considerations of cloning and genetic engineering research conducted in university settings.
  • Quantum Computing and Its Implications for Computer Science Education: Delve into the potential of quantum computing and its influence on computer science programs in colleges and universities.
  • Deconstructing the Prison-Industrial Complex: A Call for Education Reform: Discuss how higher education institutions can play a role in addressing the social and economic issues related to mass incarceration.
  • Space Exploration and University Research: Analyze the contributions of universities to space exploration and their potential impact on future interstellar exploration.
  • The Intersection of Art and Artificial Intelligence: Examine the collaboration between artists and AI technology in creating innovative and thought-provoking works of art.
  • The Philosophy of Time Travel: Academic Approaches and Paradoxes: Explore the theoretical aspects of time travel from a philosophical and scientific perspective.
  • Biodiversity Conservation in University Campuses: Discuss the role of colleges in preserving local biodiversity and creating sustainable environments within their campuses.
  • The Influence of Virtual Reality on Archaeological Studies: Investigate how VR technology is transforming archaeological research and preservation efforts.
  • The Philosophy of Mind in the Age of Brain-Computer Interfaces: Explore the ethical and philosophical implications of brain-computer interface technology in academic and research settings.
  • Transhumanism and the Future of Human Enhancement: Discuss the ethical, social, and philosophical aspects of transhumanism within the context of higher education.

Persuasive Essay Topics High School

High school students often engage with a wide range of issues and concerns. Here are some essay topics tailored to their interests and age groups:

  • Promoting Financial Literacy in High Schools: Discuss the importance of including comprehensive financial literacy education in high school curriculums to equip students with essential life skills.
  • Social Media's Impact on Teen Mental Health: Explore the influence of social media on the mental well-being of high school students and advocate for responsible usage.
  • The Need for Racial and Cultural Diversity in High School Reading Lists: Analyze the benefits of incorporating more diverse voices and perspectives in the required reading list.
  • Youth Activism and Its Impact on Social Change: Highlight the role of young activists in shaping social and political movements, both historically and in the present.
  • The Effects of Violent Video Games on Adolescent Behavior: Discuss the potential impact of violent video games on high school students and the debate over-regulation.
  • Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Schools: Advocate for better nutritional standards in high school cafeterias to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating.
  • Cyberbullying Prevention and High School Policies: Examine the issue of cyberbullying and the role of high schools in preventing and addressing this problem.
  • The Pros and Cons of School Uniforms: Debate the advantages and disadvantages of implementing school uniforms in high schools.
  • Youth Voting Rights and Civic Engagement: Discuss the benefits of lowering the voting age to 16 and increasing youth participation in elections.
  • Climate Change Education in High Schools: Explore the need for comprehensive climate change education in high schools to prepare the next generation for environmental challenges.

Persuasive Essay Topics on Education

Education is a dynamic and crucial field that constantly evolves. Here are ten topics related to education:

  • The Impact of Inclusive Education on Student Development: Explore the advantages of inclusive classrooms where students with diverse abilities learn together.
  • The Role of Teachers in Fostering Critical Thinking: Discuss how educators can nurture critical thinking skills in students, preparing them for a rapidly changing world.
  • Standardized Testing: Is it a True Measure of Student Ability? Debate the effectiveness and limitations of standardized testing in assessing student knowledge and readiness.
  • Digital Learning Tools in the Classroom: Analyze the benefits and challenges of integrating digital technology into the education system.
  • The Importance of Arts Education in Schools: Advocate for the inclusion of arts education as a fundamental part of the curriculum, promoting creativity and well-rounded development.
  • Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling: A Comparative Analysis: Examine the pros and cons of homeschooling in contrast to traditional classroom education.
  • The Role of Education in Combating Cyberbullying: Discuss how schools can address the issue of cyberbullying and promote safe online behavior.
  • The Necessity of Physical Education: Encouraging Active Lifestyles: Explore the importance of physical education in high schools and its contribution to students' health.
  • The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Future Success: Discuss the long-term benefits of quality early childhood education programs.
  • Environmental Education: Preparing Students for a Sustainable Future: Advocate for the inclusion of environmental education in school curriculums to raise awareness about sustainability and ecological responsibility.

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Persuasive Essay Topics on Society

The topics that follow provide distinctive viewpoints on society, offering a novel vantage point from which to delve into the complexities of human culture, behavior, and interpersonal dynamics.

  • The Influence of Culinary Culture on Society: Delve into how culinary traditions, food choices, and dining habits shape our cultural identity and social interactions.
  • Understanding Society Through Foreign Language Semiotics: Examine how symbols and signs in everyday life convey meaning, reflect societal values, and influence communication.
  • The Role of Festivals and Celebrations in Building Community: Explore how communal celebrations and festivals foster a sense of togetherness and unity within societies.
  • The Art of Storytelling: Oral Traditions and Their Impact on Culture: Analyze the significance of oral storytelling traditions in preserving cultural heritage and passing down knowledge from generation to generation.
  • Collective Memory and Historical Narratives: Discuss how societies construct and maintain collective memories and the impact of these narratives on their sense of identity and unity.
  • Urban Planning and the Psychology of Space: Examine the psychological effects of urban environments, architectural design, and city planning on the well-being and behavior of residents.
  • The Societal Significance of Public Transportation: Explore how public transportation systems shape social interactions, reduce environmental impact, and influence urban development.
  • Fashion as a Mirror of Society: Discuss how clothing, styles, and fashion trends reflect cultural values, historical influences, and societal changes.
  • The Rituals of Everyday Life: Examining Mundane Practices: Analyze the significance of daily rituals and mundane practices in creating a sense of order and meaning in society.
  • Digital Subcultures and Online Communities: Investigate how online communities and subcultures have emerged as significant facets of modern society, influencing the way people connect, share interests, and form identities.

Persuasive Essay Topics on History

When considering how to write persuasive essay on history, these topics will provide you with a platform to delve into the past, draw valuable lessons, and make compelling arguments about the significance of historical events, figures, and movements in our world today.

  • The Significance of Historical Preservation: Discuss the importance of preserving historical sites and artifacts for future generations.
  • The Impact of World War II on Global Politics: Analyze how World War II redefined international relations and its lasting effects on the world.
  • The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: Explore the achievements and ongoing challenges related to the civil rights movement in the United States.
  • The Role of Ancient History in Modern Society: Discuss the relevance of studying ancient civilizations and their impact on contemporary culture and politics.
  • The Cultural Significance of the Renaissance Period: Analyze the contributions of the Renaissance era to art, science, and human thought.
  • The Causes and Consequences of the Industrial Revolution: Examine the factors that led to the Industrial Revolution and its effects on society.
  • The Impact of Colonialism on Indigenous Peoples: Discuss the long-term consequences of European colonialism on indigenous populations and their cultures.
  • The Lessons of the Cold War: Analyze the Cold War's influence on geopolitics and diplomacy and what lessons can be drawn from it for current international relations.
  • The Role of Historical Truth in Reconciliation: Discuss the importance of acknowledging historical injustices in the process of reconciliation and healing.
  • The Influence of Historical Figures on Modern Political Thought: Explore how historical figures have shaped contemporary political ideologies and movements.

Persuasive Essay Topics About Social Issues

Social issues encompass a wide range of concerns that affect individuals and communities. Here are topics related to social issues:

  • Addressing Homelessness in Urban Areas: Discuss strategies to combat homelessness and support those in need in cities and urban environments.
  • The Impact of Bullying in Schools: Analyze the consequences of bullying and explore ways to create a safer and more inclusive school environment.
  • Youth Substance Abuse and Prevention: Advocate for effective prevention programs and support for young people struggling with substance abuse.
  • Racial Profiling and Police Violence: Discuss racial profiling and excessive use of force by law enforcement and advocate for reforms.
  • Access to Affordable Healthcare: Explore the challenges and solutions for providing affordable and accessible healthcare for all.
  • Gender and LGBTQ+ Rights: Advocate for gender equality and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including issues like marriage equality and transgender rights.
  • Combating Human Trafficking: Discuss the global issue of human trafficking and propose solutions to combat it effectively.
  • Mental Health Stigma and Awareness: Explore the stigma surrounding mental health and ways to promote awareness and destigmatization.
  • The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health: Analyze the relationship between social media use and mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression.
  • Environmental Justice and Access to Clean Water: Advocate for equitable access to clean water and address environmental disparities in vulnerable communities.

Crime and Legal Persuasive Essay Topics

Issues related to crime and the legal system are often the subject of intense debate. These topics provide a platform for students to examine complex issues in criminal justice, law, and ethics while presenting well-researched arguments and potential solutions.

  • The Efficacy of Restorative Justice Programs: Explore the effectiveness of restorative justice as an alternative to traditional punitive measures in the criminal justice system.
  • Sentencing Reform and the Need for Second Chances: Advocate for reevaluating sentencing guidelines and promoting rehabilitation over lengthy prison sentences.
  • Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Laws: Examine the importance of legal measures to protect digital privacy and combat cybercrimes.
  • Capital Punishment: Abolition or Reform? Analyze the arguments for and against the death penalty and consider potential reforms.
  • Criminal Profiling and Ethical Considerations: Explore the use of criminal profiling in law enforcement and the ethical questions it raises.
  • Hate Crimes Legislation and Protection: Advocate for stronger hate crime laws and measures to protect vulnerable communities.
  • Juvenile Justice Reform: Discuss the need for improvements in the juvenile justice system, including alternatives to incarceration for young offenders.
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform: Discuss the practice of civil asset forfeiture and advocate for reforms to address potential abuses and protect property rights.
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences: A Review and Reform: Analyze the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and propose potential reforms for a more equitable criminal justice system.
  • The Role of Mental Health Courts: Explore the benefits and challenges of mental health courts as an alternative approach to addressing criminal cases involving individuals with mental illnesses.

Health Persuasive Essay Topics

These health-related essay topics encompass a wide range of issues, from public health policies to individual health and well-being, providing opportunities for students to explore critical topics and propose meaningful solutions.

  • Universal Healthcare: A Right or a Privilege? Debate the merits of universal healthcare and its implications for society and the economy.
  • The Obesity Epidemic and Public Health: Discuss strategies to combat obesity, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce the associated health risks.
  • Vaccination Mandates and Public Health: Analyze the controversy surrounding vaccination mandates and their impact on public health.
  • Digital Wellness in the Age of Screens : Examine the impact of constant screen exposure on physical and mental health.
  • The Role of Nutrition Education in Schools: Advocate for the inclusion of comprehensive nutrition education in the school curriculum to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits.
  • The Opioid Crisis and Addiction Treatment: Explore strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic and improving access to addiction treatment.
  • Reproductive Health and Women's Rights: Discuss the importance of women's reproductive health rights and access to healthcare services.
  • Healthcare Disparities in Underserved Communities: Analyze the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes in underserved and marginalized communities and propose solutions.
  • Telemedicine and the Future of Healthcare: Examine the growth of telemedicine and its potential to improve healthcare access, especially in rural areas.
  • The Impact of Aging Populations on Healthcare Systems: Discuss the challenges and innovations needed to address the healthcare needs of an increasingly aging population.

Women's and Gender Persuasive Essay Topics

Gender and women's issues are essential topics for discussion and advocacy, inviting students to address crucial matters related to gender and work toward a more equitable and inclusive society.

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  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: Advocate for closing the gender pay gap and ensuring equal pay for women in the workplace.
  • Women in Leadership: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Discuss the barriers women face in reaching leadership positions and strategies to promote gender equality in leadership roles.
  • Reproductive Rights and Access to Healthcare: Explore the importance of women's reproductive rights and access to comprehensive healthcare services, including contraception and family planning.
  • Violence Against Women: Prevention and Support: Discuss the prevalence of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and propose strategies for prevention and support for survivors.
  • Women in STEM Fields: Encouraging Gender Diversity: Analyze the challenges women face in STEM careers and advocate for increased gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Gender Stereotypes and Their Impact: Examine the influence of gender stereotypes on society and discuss strategies to challenge and overcome these biases.
  • The Representation of Women in Media: Discuss the portrayal of women in the media and the need for more diverse and empowering representations.
  • Intersectionality and Women's Rights: Explore how race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other factors intersect with gender, affecting women's experiences and rights.
  • Child Marriage and Gender-Based Violence: Advocate for ending child marriage and addressing gender-based violence against girls and young women.
  • The Role of Men in Feminism: Discuss the importance of male allies in the feminist movement and how they can support gender equality.

Ethics Persuasive Essay Topics

Ethical issues are at the core of many important debates and decisions in society. Here are some interesting suggestions from our online essay writer that explore various ethical dilemmas:

  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Automation: Discuss the ethical considerations surrounding AI, automation and their impact on the workforce and decision-making.
  • Bioethical Dilemmas: Genetic Engineering and Designer Babies: Analyze the ethical concerns raised by genetic engineering and the creation of designer babies.
  • Ethics in Animal Testing and Research: Debate the ethical considerations of using animals for scientific experiments and research.
  • Euthanasia and the Right to Die with Dignity: Discuss the ethical aspects of euthanasia and whether individuals have the right to make end-of-life decisions.
  • Environmental Ethics and Conservation: Explore the ethical principles underpinning environmental conservation and sustainability efforts.
  • Ethical Implications of Privacy in the Digital Age: Analyze the ethical dilemmas related to data privacy, surveillance, and digital information sharing.
  • Ethics in Journalism and Media Integrity: Discuss the ethical responsibilities of journalists and media outlets in reporting news and information accurately.
  • Ethical Considerations in Healthcare Resource Allocation: Explore the ethical challenges healthcare professionals face when allocating limited resources, such as during a public health crisis.
  • Ethical Implications of Cloning and Stem Cell Research: Examine the ethical concerns and potential benefits of cloning and stem cell research.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Business Practices: Advocate for ethical standards and social responsibility in business practices, including issues related to sustainability and fair labor practices.

Science Persuasive Essay Topics

These science-related topics allow college students to engage in discussions about the role of science in addressing critical global issues and how scientific knowledge can shape our understanding of the world and improve our lives.

  • Climate Change and Urgent Action: Advocate for the importance of addressing climate change and the role of scientific research in finding solutions.
  • Space Exploration: The Quest for Knowledge and Discovery: Discuss the value of space exploration and the knowledge gained from missions to the cosmos.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Food Security: Explore the benefits and risks of GMOs in agriculture and their role in food security.
  • The Role of Science in Addressing Public Health Crises: Analyze the significance of science in responding to public health crises, such as pandemics and infectious diseases.
  • The Untapped Potential of Mycorrhizal Fungi in Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture : Explore the largely uncharted territory of harnessing mycorrhizal fungi to improve soil health, nutrient absorption, and crop yields.
  • The Importance of STEM Education: Advocate for the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in schools to prepare future generations for scientific and technological challenges.
  • Artificial Intelligence and its Ethical Implications: Explore the ethical concerns related to AI technology, such as decision-making algorithms and machine learning.
  • The Impact of Scientific Discoveries on Medical Ethics: Discuss how scientific advances, such as gene editing and organ transplantation, influence medical ethics and healthcare decision-making.
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Health: Analyze the role of science in preserving biodiversity and maintaining the health of ecosystems.
  • The Role of Scientific Skepticism in Critical Thinking: Advocate for the importance of scientific skepticism in evaluating claims, combating pseudoscience, and fostering critical thinking.

Persuasive Essay Topics on AI Impact

These essay topics on AI impact suggested by our dissertation service writers provide students with an opportunity to critically examine the various ways AI is reshaping our world, considering both the benefits and challenges it presents.

  • AI in Literature and Creative Writing: A New Era of Storytelling: Explore the use of AI in generating creative content, such as poems, stories, and novels, and its potential impact on the literary world.
  • AI in Archaeology and Historical Preservation: Discuss how AI technologies are aiding in archaeological discoveries, historical research, and the preservation of cultural heritage.
  • AI and the Future of Personal Relationships: From Virtual Companions to AI Love: Examine the ethical and emotional implications of AI-powered virtual companions and their potential influence on human relationships.
  • AI in the Workplace: Job Automation and the Future of Employment: Analyze the impact of AI on the workforce, considering job displacement and the need for new skill sets.
  • AI and Privacy Concerns: Balancing Innovation with Data Protection: Debate the ethical and privacy considerations related to AI technologies and data collection.
  • AI and Mental Health: Chatbots and Supportive Technologies: Explore the use of AI in providing mental health support, including chatbots and virtual therapists.
  • AI and Criminal Justice: Predictive Policing and Bias Mitigation: Analyze the role of AI in criminal justice, including predictive policing and efforts to address bias.
  • AI in Art and Creativity: Tools, Innovations, and Copyright: Discuss the impact of AI in creative fields, raising questions about copyright and the definition of art.
  • AI in Environmental Conservation: Enhancing Conservation Efforts: Explore how AI technologies are used to monitor and protect endangered species and natural ecosystems.
  • AI and Accessibility: Empowering Individuals with Disabilities: Advocate for the use of AI to improve accessibility and inclusivity for individuals with disabilities.

Persuasive Essay Topics on Racism

These persuasive writing prompts on racism provide opportunities to engage in important discussions and advocate for social justice, equity, and change. They encourage college students to address the multifaceted issues related to racism and contribute to the ongoing fight against discrimination.

  • The Impact of Systemic Racism on Communities of Color: Discuss the pervasive effects of systemic racism on individuals and communities, including disparities in education, healthcare, and criminal justice.
  • Racial Profiling and Police Violence: Analyze the issues of racial profiling and the use of force by law enforcement, as well as strategies for reform.
  • Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Explore the prevalence of hate crimes based on race, religion, or ethnicity and advocate for measures to combat discrimination.
  • The Importance of Diverse Representation in Media: Discuss the need for more diverse and accurate portrayals of racial and ethnic minorities in film, television, and advertising.
  • Affirmative Action: Balancing Equal Opportunity and Meritocracy: Debate the role of affirmative action policies in addressing historical injustices and promoting diversity in education and employment.
  • Race and Education: Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Examine the disproportionate impact of disciplinary policies on students of color and the need to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • The Role of Allyship in Combating Racism: Discuss the importance of allyship in supporting marginalized communities and dismantling racist systems.
  • Racial Health Disparities: A Call for Equity in Healthcare: Analyze the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes among racial and ethnic groups and advocate for equitable healthcare solutions.
  • Microaggressions and Unconscious Bias: Explore the impact of microaggressions and unconscious bias on marginalized communities and strategies for raising awareness.
  • Reparations for Historical Injustices: Debate the need for reparations to address the historical injustices inflicted on communities of color, particularly the descendants of enslaved individuals.

Unique Persuasive Essay Ideas

These persuasive essay ideas offer opportunities to explore unconventional and fascinating topics, encouraging critical thinking and in-depth examination of issues that may not be as widely discussed but are nonetheless thought-provoking.

  • The Ethics of Space Colonization: Explore the ethical considerations and responsibilities of humanity as we venture into space and potentially colonize other planets.
  • The Impact of Digital Immortality: Discuss the ethical and existential questions raised by advancements in digital technology that allow individuals to preserve their personalities and memories beyond their lifetimes.
  • The Necessity of Emotional Education: Advocate for the inclusion of emotional intelligence and empathy education in schools to promote healthy relationships and emotional well-being.
  • The Role of Psychedelics in Mental Health Treatment: Examine the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics, such as psilocybin, in the treatment of mental health disorders.
  • The Art and Science of Laughter: Explore the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and its potential as a form of therapy.
  • The Future of Sustainable Fashion: Discuss innovations in sustainable fashion, including circular fashion, eco-friendly textiles, and ethical fashion practices.
  • The Impact of Silence on Mental Health: Examine the importance of silence and solitude in maintaining mental well-being in a noisy and interconnected world.
  • The Philosophy of Time Travel: Paradoxes and Possibilities: Delve into the philosophical questions and paradoxes related to time travel and its feasibility.
  • Human Augmentation and Cyborg Ethics: Explore the ethical considerations surrounding human augmentation technologies and the blurring of boundaries between humans and machines.
  • The Art of Procrastination: Creativity and Productivity: Discuss the potential benefits of procrastination in fostering creativity and innovation.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, this article has presented a diverse array of persuasive essay topics, spanning from pressing social issues to the ethical implications of AI and beyond. It highlights the importance of engaging in critical discourse, fostering empathy, and advocating for positive change in our ever-evolving world.

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You're staring at a blank screen, trying to come up with a topic for your persuasive essay. You know you need to pick something interesting, but you're unsure where to start. 

It's hard to get motivated when it feels like everything has already been said on the topic you're considering. You are wondering how can you make your essay stand out.

The good news is that CollegeEssay.org  is here to help. 

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Unique Persuasive Essay Topics for Students

Writing a persuasive essay can be quite an interesting task for students. It allows them to showcase their research and analytic skills and present their thoughts orderly. 

Choosing the right topic is key to making the writing process more enjoyable. 

Here are some great ideas that you can use for your essay: 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Middle School 

  • Should students be required to wear uniforms in school? 
  • What are the benefits of a longer school day? 
  • How can technology help improve student engagement and learning? 
  • Is it important for all schools to have equal access to resources? 
  • Should physical education be mandatory in all schools? 
  • How can schools better prepare students for entering the job market?
  • Should a student’s grade be based solely on test performance?
  • Is it important to limit screen time, or should there not be restrictions? 
  • Should recess time be increased or decreased in school? 
  • Is it beneficial for students to take part in after-school activities?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Grade 6 

  • Should school lunch prices be lowered to make it more accessible for all students? 
  • Is there an argument for allowing cell phone usage in the classroom? 
  • Should schools offer a wider variety of electives? 
  • Is there a persuasive case for requiring physical education classes in elementary and middle schools? 
  • Should students be allowed to opt-out of standardized testing? 
  • Is the current homework load for elementary and middle school students too much? 
  • Should school provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of financial status?
  • Should sixth-grade classes have more field trips and outdoor activities? 
  • Should students have access to more technology in the classroom? 
  • Is there an argument for making recess mandatory for all grade levels? 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Grade 7

  • Should schools have a dress code? 
  • Should students be required to do community service projects to graduate? 
  • Is it necessary for all student-athletes to take mandatory drug tests? 
  • Are the current laws on gun control sufficient enough? 
  • Should same-sex marriage be legal? 
  • Should teenage drivers be allowed to have passengers in their cars? 
  • Is standardized testing an effective measure of student success?
  • Should homework be abolished in schools? 
  • Should young children be allowed to use mobile phones or tablets at school? 
  • Are video games too violent for young children?

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Persuasive Essay Topics for High School 

  • Should physical education classes be mandatory in high school?
  • Is a strict dress code necessary for student success?
  • Are standardized tests an effective measure of student achievement?
  • Does social media have a positive or negative impact on teenagers?
  • Should students be allowed to grade their teachers? 
  • Should cell phones be prohibited in the classroom?
  • Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald's or Taco Bell?
  • Is competitive sports necessary for a well-rounded education? 
  • Are after-school activities essential to a student’s development?
  • Should students be allowed to choose their classes?

Persuasive Essay Topics for College 

  • Should universities require all students to take at least one course in diversity studies? 
  • Should universities implement free speech zones on campuses? 
  • Should college athletes be paid for their performance? 
  • Is it ethical for employers to ask about an applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process? 
  • Should college students be required to take a foreign language course? 
  • Should the US government provide free tuition for all qualifying students? 
  • Is it ethical to use animals in scientific research? 
  • Are standardized tests an adequate measure of academic aptitude and ability? 
  • Should paper textbooks be replaced with e-books? 
  • Should all students be required to learn coding and computer science in school? 

Persuasive Essay Topics for University 

  • Should universities offer free tuition to all students?
  • Are special scholarships beneficial for university students?
  • Should college athletes be paid for their services?
  • Is it important for universities to provide mental health resources to their students? 
  • How can universities help prevent cheating and plagiarism among students?
  • Should universities be required to provide online courses?
  • Are university degree requirements outdated and irrelevant?
  • Is it necessary for university students to take physical education classes? 
  • Does the presence of social media in academia positively or negatively impact learning? 
  • Should universities prioritize research over teaching?

Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics from Different Fields 

When choosing essay topics, there is no shortage of interesting persuasive essay topics from different fields available.

Here are some examples of interesting persuasive essay topics from different fields:

Arts & Culture 

  • Should museums be more inclusive of diverse cultures?
  • Should the government fund public art programs?
  • Are comic books an important form of literature?
  • Does graffiti have any value as an art form?
  • Is the traditional concept of beauty outdated in today’s society? 
  • Is it important for the public to have access to art galleries and museums?
  • Do modern movies have any real artistic value?
  • Are video games a form of art?
  • Should government funding be given to the performing arts?
  • Does the music industry put too much emphasis on image rather than talent?
  • Should governments guarantee a minimum wage?
  • Should the government subsidize green energy projects?
  • Is it necessary to introduce higher taxes on wealthy people?
  • Are free trade agreements beneficial or detrimental to developing countries?
  • Can economic growth be sustained without harming the environment?
  • Is immigration beneficial or detrimental to a country’s economic growth?
  • Should governments limit the size of banks and financial institutions?
  • Is it necessary for countries to regulate their currency markets?
  • Should governments invest in renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels?
  • Should high officials pay more taxes?
  • Should students be required to complete a certain number of community service hours to graduate?
  • Should school uniforms be mandatory for all public schools?
  • Are textbooks becoming obsolete due to technological advances?
  • Should the education system focus more on practical subjects such as coding and programming?
  • Is the current grading system in public schools fair and effective?
  • Is homeschooling a viable alternative to traditional schooling?
  • Should standardized testing be abolished from the education system?
  • Should teachers receive bonuses for good performance in the classroom?
  • Are students more likely to succeed if they attend a private school or university?
  • Should all students have access to free college tuition?
  • Is using animals in medical research ethical?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose their child’s gender?
  • Should companies be held responsible for the pollution they create? 
  • Are businesses obligated to act ethically when conducting business abroad? 
  • Is it ethical to censor content on the internet?
  • Should the government enforce stricter regulations on genetically modified food?
  • Is it ethical to use artificial intelligence in decision-making processes?
  • Should corporations be allowed to have their own private security forces? 
  • Are restrictions on freedom of speech necessary for public safety? 
  • Do companies have an ethical responsibility to pay fair wages?

Government and Politics 

  • Should the government regulate social media?
  • Should term limits be placed on members of Congress?
  • Are taxes too high in the United States?
  • Should voting be mandatory for all citizens?
  • Is the Electoral College still relevant today?
  • Does the death penalty serve as a deterrent to crime?
  • Should the US switch to a single-payer health care system?
  • Should there be limits on campaign spending?
  • Should the United States adopt a flat tax system?
  • Is it time to repeal the Second Amendment?
  • Is legalizing marijuana an ethical practice?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their child? 
  • Is it ethical to test medicines on animals? 
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of genetic engineering? 
  • Are there any health risks associated with using digital screens too often? 
  • Should physical education be mandatory in every school? 
  • Is the healthcare system in your country adequate for your needs? 
  • Are there any benefits to eating organic food? 
  • How does mental health affect physical health? 
  • Should vaccinations be mandatory for all children? 
  • Was the Spanish Inquisition justified? 
  • Were the American Colonists justified in rebelling against Great Britain? 
  • Did Christopher Columbus’ discoveries benefit or harm indigenous populations? 
  • What effect did Genghis Khan have on world history? 
  • Did World War I significantly change the course of history? 
  • Was the Treaty of Versailles fair to Germany? 
  • Did Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule bring about positive or negative changes for France and Europe? 
  • Should the United States annexed the Philippines in 1898? 
  • How did the Great Depression shape world history? 
  • Is there any validity to the theory of a “clash of civilizations”? 
  • Should artificial intelligence be regulated?
  • Should autonomous vehicles be allowed on public roads?
  • Is the internet making us less social?
  • Should research into cloning be banned?
  • Are there moral issues related to genetic engineering?
  • Should governments fund space exploration programs?
  • Are smart home devices making us more vulnerable to cyberattacks?
  • Should the government regulate social media use?
  • Are robots taking away jobs from humans?
  • Should nuclear energy be used as an alternative to fossil fuels?
  • Should professional athletes be drug tested?
  • Is there a gender gap in sports?
  • Should college athletes be paid for their performances?
  • Does skill or luck decide the outcome of sports competitions?
  • Are sporting events becoming too commercialized? 
  • Is it necessary to increase public funding for sporting events?
  • Is the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports cheating or fair?
  • Should college students be able to choose their own sports teams?
  • Do professional sports hurt young people?
  • Should parents allow children to play violent video games?
  • Should schools replace textbooks with tablets?
  • Are algorithms replacing human decision-making in the workplace?
  • Is it time to regulate the use of facial recognition technology?
  • Can artificial intelligence and robots be used to improve healthcare outcomes?
  • Should autonomous vehicles be allowed on public roads? 
  • Should Internet access be a basic human right?
  • Should social media platforms do more to protect user privacy?
  • Is blockchain technology the future of banking and finance? 
  • Are virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa invading privacy? 
  • Can we trust that autonomous weapons system will make ethical decisions in war?

Social Media

Here are a few social media persuasive essay topics. Take a look at them.

  • Is social media a positive or negative influence on society?
  • Should employers be able to access an employee's social media accounts?
  • Should people be allowed to post anonymously online?
  • How can parents protect their children from the risks of using social media?
  • Does the spread of fake news on social media hurt society?
  • Should governments regulate online speech on social media?
  • Should employers be allowed to conduct background checks using social media?
  • Is the personal data of individuals safe from exploitation by corporate interests on social media platforms?
  • Are people spending too much time on their digital devices?
  • Is the use of social media by young people making them more isolated?

Controversial Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should the death penalty be reinstated in all states?
  • Should gun control laws be stricter? 
  • Is global warming a real threat? 
  • Are vaccinations safe for children? 
  • Should prostitution be legalized? 
  • Should marijuana be made legal? 
  • Does school uniform violate personal freedom? 
  • Should genetically modified foods be allowed in the market? 
  • Should sex education in school be mandatory? 
  • Should animal testing be banned?

Fun Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should cats be allowed to go to school?
  • Should people have a minimum number of friends before they can graduate?
  • Is it okay to laugh at your own jokes?
  • Should parents be required to take parenting classes?
  • Are video games the best way to spend free time?
  • Should kids be allowed to wear pajamas in public places?
  • Should students have to pass a test before they can drive a car?
  • Are cell phones essential for teenagers or should they be limited?
  • Should everyone learn how to cook their meals?
  • Would it be better if all schools had the same uniform?

Argumentative Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should the electoral college be abolished? 
  • Is it ethical to eat meat? 
  • Should the internet have censorship? 
  • Are genetically modified foods safe for human consumption? 
  • Is social media good or bad for society? 
  • Should the drinking age be lowered or raised? 
  • Should school attendance be mandatory for students? 
  • Are video games too violent and negatively influencing children?  
  • Should religious education be banned from public schools?

How to Choose a Good Persuasive Essay Topic? 

Choosing a writing topic for your persuasive essay writing is essential. 

The right topic will let you draft an exceptional and well-written essay. Selecting a persuasive essay topic might sound easy, but it can be challenging. 

You cannot randomly start writing a persuasive essay about any topic and expect your essay to be brilliant. 

To select the best topic for your essay, take these essential steps:

1. Know your Interests -   You can only draft an effective essay if you are writing about something that interests you. When you write something you are passionate about, the enthusiasm helps to persuade the readers.

2. Narrow Down Ideas - Make a rough list of the topic of your interest. Then, analyze all the issues and identify topics you think you can present well.

3. Pick your Stance - Now that you know the information is sufficient on a topic, decide your stance. Pick a side to support with evidence and logic. 

4. Controversy is the Best Policy - People love to read about controversial stuff. It is more likely that the readers will go through the entire essay to ease their curiosity. 

After passing your ideas through these filters, you will have a strong and arguable topic to draft an essay on.

Tips for Writing a Compelling Persuasive Essay 

Whether you are in school, college, or university, crafting an effective persuasive essay can be difficult.

Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you can create a compelling, persuasive essay that will make your readers take notice. 

Here are six tips to help you write a compelling, persuasive essay:

1. Choose Your Topic Carefully

You need to select a relevant and interesting topic for your audience. Make sure you feel passionate about it and can present it logically and convincingly.

2. Do Extensive Research

Before beginning your essay, research your topic as much as possible. So you can present both sides of the argument in an informed, balanced way.

3. Identify Your Audience

 Before writing your persuasive essay, consider who will be reading it and their interests. 

This will help you write in a language that resonates with them and ensure that your arguments suit their understanding.

4. Use Logical Arguments

It is important to provide logical and compelling arguments to be persuasive. Make sure you use facts, statistics, and other evidence to make your points more convincing.

5. Structure Your Essay Well

An effective persuasive essay should be well-organized. Divide it into an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 

Pay attention to the structure of your essay, as it can help you make your points more effectively.

Learn how to make a perfect persuasive essay outline with the help of our blog. 

6. Make It Engaging

An engaging, persuasive essay will capture your audience’s attention from beginning to end. 

Use various techniques to make your essay interesting and engaging, such as using examples, analogies, and persuasive language.

We hope you are inspired by our comprehensive list of topics. Pick up a topic that entices you and start working on it. By following these amazing tips and tricks, you can surely compose an essay that will wow your professor.

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What is a Persuasive Essay? | Essay Freelance Writers

You may be required to write different academic essays throughout your high school and college terms, such as a persuasive essay.

The type of essay you may be required to write depends on the purpose of writing that essay.

Many students do not know the proper format or structure of an essay.

You might wonder what a persuasive essay is.

As the name suggests, it means to persuade or influence someone.

Thus a persuasive paper is the one in which you bring the reader towards your point of view using your opinions and emotions supported by some facts.

As for all writings, there are certain norms and conventions, but if you want to know how to write a persuasive essay, then it’s straightforward.

You can write a persuasive essay following the five-paragraph essay structure.

Such an essay aims to analyze and give detailed arguments about the given topic. Through argumentation, the students are given the practice of explaining their analysis in a proper format.

This helps in developing their analytical as well as critical thinking skills.

Read also: How to use Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in a Persuasive Essay

Steps to writing a persuasive essay

Learn how to write a persuasive essay by following the five-step process.

You can also find great tips for each phase of this approach on EssayFreelanceWriters!

At EssayFreelanceWriters, we believe learners should follow our 5 step writing strategy when crafting their essays.

Our team has compiled some powerful persuasion techniques and strategies you’ll need during every stage in your essay creation process, which are outlined below:

Prewriting: This is the most exciting phase of any writing process when students brainstorm and research their work before putting anything on paper. While planning this project, you should consider your audience and what you want them to take away from reading it. But if there’s no clear message or purpose in mind, we can help with that too! We have a team of professional writers, so we know how important thesis statements are at every stage of the game (even just starting), which means finishing strong will be easy.

Drafting: Students can develop all of the ideas and put them in order when it comes to their initial composition. They need to plan what they’re going to write about so that there are no surprises when they read over their work. Audience matters, too, so you should always know who will be reading your essay before drafting anything at all!

Revising: Students should always review their work to ensure it has the right tone, style, and appropriate content. Reorganizing paragraph structure or adding new information can help improve a draft’s quality before turning it in for grading.

Editing: During the proofreading stage, writers fix any errors in grammar and mechanics. Writers also edit their work to improve the style or clarity of writing. It’s helpful when you have feedback from other writers, as they might spot any errors that were missed by mistakes or because of style differences.

Publishing: In the last step of writing, it is time to share your work with others. You can do this in various ways, and thanks to computers, you even have online publishing options.

Persuasive Essay Structure

A Persuasive or Argumentative Essay structure is straightforward as it falls within the five-paragraph essay format.

Normally many students are given practice writing persuasive essays in the five-paragraph format.

But many topics cannot be analyzed and explained in the five-paragraph format.

Normally in most high schools, students are tested on their ability to write in the five-paragraph style as 30 minutes to 1-hour.

But this standard style is not enough for students to write an in-depth analysis of the given topics in several college courses.

Students must analyze and write about more extended topics and content at the college level and provide an in-depth analysis.

Therefore, the persuasive or argumentative essay has a flexible format in such a scenario, and your essay mainly depends on the topic and the question you are going to analyze.

Examples of College Persuasive Essay Topics and persuasive essay ideas

Students are often asked to pick a side in the argument and present their views on it or defend a stance against any criticism.

Some of the common question samples you might be given as assignments to write on are:

  • Should the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes be legalized?
  • Should abortions be legalized?
  • Should there be a law to punish people if they illegally download music and movies?
  • Should violent criminals be given the death penalty as a law?
  • Should the advertisement of tobacco on television be allowed?

10 Best Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Embalming is a dangerous practice
  • Schools should have less technology
  • The workweek should be four days
  • Social media sites should be able to ban users without being accused of censorship.
  • The benefits of space exploration outweigh the costs
  • Euthanasia should be illegal
  • Humans are intrinsically good
  • There shouldn’t be a limit to how many terms a president can serve
  • you could fix all problems facing humanity with better technology
  • Exotic pets are a significant danger to their owners

Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics for Students and Kids

  •    Pets should be allowed in schools
  •         Dogs are better than cats
  •         Elementary schools should all finish at 2 pm
  •        Elementary schools should teach languages
  •         Toys are important for kids to learn
  •         Outside play is better than inside play
  •        Elementary school students should be allowed to get jobs
  •         Ice cream is the best food
  •         Kids should have laptops
  •         Kindness is the most important thing
  •         Parents should be less strict
  •         It’s important to go to school
  •         Being a teacher is the hardest job
  •         Everyone should have a pet
  •         Cats are better than dogs

Most students are trained to write about topics specific to their courses of study.

However, Teachers should train students in writing effectively about topics that have some controversy, like the few general knowledge examples given above.

Regardless of the type of topics, the format for all the persuasive essays stays the same.

Outline for persuasive essay

The general outline of a persuasive essay is given below:

Structure of a Persuasive Essay

Introduction.

  • The topic is introduced in the form of a thesis statement.
  • Both sides of the controversy are presented with a brief reason.
  • The stance you are going to take is stated clearly.
  • Three supporting ideas to support your stance are introduced briefly.
  • A topic sentence stating the first idea in clear words
  • Supporting information with relevant and specific examples as well as pieces of evidence from different sources
  • Concluding sentence relating the supporting information to the topic sentence.

Paragraph 2

  • A topic sentence stating the second idea in clear words
  • Supporting information with relevant and specific examples as well as evidence from different sources
  • Concluding sentence relating the supporting information to the thesis statement
  • Three ideas discussed in three body paragraphs are summed up
  • A solution is pointed out, and you give your opinion or suggest something to satisfy the reader and give a sense of ending.

  How to write a persuasive essay introduction

Hook Statement : Building up a hook statement is a better way to start your argumentative essay.

A sentence that makes your reader excited about your essay and hooks him up to read your essay: the hook statement must in some way relate to the thesis statement.

Brief Background : you should provide a brief background of the topic.

Its length depends on the amount of content and the analysis you will provide.

Thesis Statement : The sentence around which the entire essay is based is the thesis statement.

Your thesis statement should tell what the essay is about.

It is better to create your thesis statement after writing your body paragraphs.

It is easier to see what your content is truly about and then decide upon the thesis statement.

Why is it recommended to create your thesis after writing your body paragraphs?

It is much easier than aligning your statements with your thesis statement.

Trying to align your body paragraphs to your thesis harms the quality and strength of your analysis.

Body Paragraphs

Each body paragraph should follow this format.

Topic Sentence : It is a sentence with some strong words of emphasis to introduce your topic. These words should be strong enough to defend and support your topic sentence .

Argument : After creating your thesis statement, you will need to provide evidence for your stance. Your argument in this part of the essay serves to persuade the audience. These statements may be examples, facts, or any data written to defend your argument and thus prove it to be authentic.

 Evidence/ Explanation : You explain your perspective to support your argument using different examples and pieces of evidence from different sources, giving it even more credibility.

The readers may often find some pieces of evidence realistic and may relate them to their real lives, which become rationalistic in this way.

Concluding Sentence : when you have fully explained your defending argument and satisfied the readers, it is time to conclude your essay.

It would help if you used the most possibly effective words to sum up your point. It summarizes the whole argument presented in the paragraph in the best efficient way. One sentence should say it all.

How to write a conclusion for a persuasive essay

How to write a perfect persuasive essay conclusion

The conclusion should conclude the whole discussion. A conclusion should follow the given format.

Restatement of Thesis : when you have proved your thesis through supporting details in the essay, it’s important to reword and thus establish it in your conclusion. The best way of doing so is to rephrase your thesis statement.

Summarize Key Points : Briefly tell in your own words that your supporting arguments have successfully proved the thesis sentence and also prove your explanations to be logically and reasonably apt.

 Concluding Statement : When you have made sure that your reader has understood the importance and value of your essay and that the argument you explained in your essay was effective, it means you have done your job. If you have successfully persuaded your reader and he has been brought to the point of your argument, that means you have written a wonderful essay.

Write a persuasive essay with integrity and empathy

There are three main points to any successful rhetorical argument: logos, pathos, and ethos.

It would help if you used ethos (ethical reasoning), logos (logical reasoning), and pathos (passionate argumentation) in combination for a successful rhetorical discussion.

While all three elements need a balance for the argument to be valid, it is still possible that one or two of these components might not work as well together as you had hoped.

If you can successfully master all of these, then your argument will be so powerfully robust that nobody could disagree with it.

However, this is easier said than done; even the best rhetoricians in history struggle to balance ethical and logical reasons.

Creating a good argument requires three elements:

Ethically, you’ll want to ensure that your arguments are not misleading or manipulative.

Logically, they must be based on facts and progress in a way that makes sense.

Passionately, it is important to emphasize the evidence of one’s points with strategic repetition to compel an audience by using emotional appeals such as empathy for others’ suffering.

If these three parts are well balanced while writing honestly and with compassion, then creating quality arguments should come easily!

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  • Chicago and MLA formats are used for argumentative or persuasive essays. They provide the titles, margins, physical alignments, and other formatting features of the essay.
  • Do not become verbose; try to use various words but be simple. If you want to use high words, use them cleverly, not to impress the reader but add spice to your writing.
  •  Double-check and make sure your arguments prove your thesis statement. If the arguments do not fully support your thesis statement, then go back and edit the argument or the thesis statement, but it is better and easier to edit the thesis.
  • In an argumentative essay , you need to make the reader admit that your stance was more reliable than the one opposed to it. You need to prove your side by defending it first, and then you can counterattack.
  • Peer help can help make your essay more impressive. Make friends read your essay from a fresh perspective and tell you whether it makes any sense to them or not.

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A persuasive essay is a type of custom writing that attempts to convince the reader that the opinions presented are correct.

Do you think aliens or vampires are real? How can you convince your reader that they exist? Films achieve this with the help of technology, as seen in the once-popular sci-fi film Avatar and the horror fiction Vampire Diaries . These films take the audience to the surreal world of vampires and strange creatures that are believable to the human eye. Conversely, as a writer, you need to use words to craft a persuasive write-up about your topic.

Persuasive essays are very similar to argumentative essays except that a writer presents a one-sided opinion, giving valid reasons and solid facts on why that opinion or argument is correct. With an argumentative essay, the writer discusses the topic by presenting points on both opposing and proposing sides, as is the case with verbal debates. The writer employs logic to reason with and sway the reader into adopting a particular view. Such essay assignments are commonly given to high school and junior college students. They help students master persuasive skills, which can be helpful for students in all disciplines, including sciences and social studies, as well as in business and their social life.

  • 1 Persuasive Essay Structure
  • 2 Our Sample Persuasive Essays
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  • 4 Qualities of Good Persuasive Essay Topics
  • 5 Some Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas for High School
  • 6 College Level Persuasive Essay Topics
  • 7 The Importance of Research
  • 8 Writing Persuasive Essays
  • 9 Getting Help With Your Persuasive Essay Topics or Essay

Persuasive Essay Structure

Like most academic essays, a persuasive essay has an introduction, the main body, and a conclusion . The introduction gives a sneak peek of the essay, the main body presents arguments supported by facts, and the conclusion summarizes the essay’s main ideas.

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Tips for Finding Persuasive Essay Topics

Sometimes, essay topics are not given by the professor. Therefore, writing persuasive essays begins with selecting a topic. In such a case, a student is required to choose appropriate persuasive essay topics to write about. To help you do that, here are a few tips:

  • Think of subjects that interest you . Feel free to select a topic you will enjoy writing about, not just one you think will please your professor. Obviously, you should not purposely pick a topic that will bore your audience. Nonetheless, focusing excessively on what you think your teachers would like to read is a mistake. Most professors want to see you write in your own style and argue your own ideas, supported by facts.
  • Select a topic you are passionate about, not one on which you are conflicted. You will likely be unable to present your views and convince your audience if you are conflicted about the side on which you stand. For example, it may not be wise to argue that every state should abolish the death penalty, but you also think that child molesters deserve the death sentence. The audience of your persuasive essay or speech must not detect any sign of internal conflict in your argument. Being passionate about the persuasive essay topics will also make the research and writing tasks enjoyable, and your emotion will also be reflected in your writing. This will help you persuade and change the reader’s mind.
  • Don’t over-obsess with political correctness . You should avoid playing it too safe and shying away from a controversial issue. However, for a school setting, you may want to strike a balance between boldly expressing your views and not offending your audience with overly inappropriate persuasive essay topics.
  • Think about your personal experiences  or those of people you know. Real-life events can be a source of inspiration to help you formulate an interesting topic.
  • Think about what you know . Start with general subjects that you are familiar with, then narrow down to a specific topic. It will be easier for you to write a good persuasive essay if it is a subject in which you have knowledge. This is especially important if you have limited time to write your essay, as you will do the legwork faster.
  • Read . Topics abound in books, newspapers, journals, and the web if only you conduct research. The importance of research in persuasive writing cannot be overstated. Research is important for formulating your title and finding evidence to back up your ideas . A research paper published in a peer-reviewed journal could present the credible evidence you need. This involves reading widely and sometimes talking to experts in your subject of interest. Sample persuasive essays can also inspire you on topics to write on and serve as examples of how to write your essay. A point to remember as you conduct research is that your institution likely has a strict policy against plagiarism. Therefore, avoid presenting someone else’s work as your own.
  • Brainstorming helps  in coming up with an idea or refining the one you already have. Discuss your ideas with friends or other people around you, but this is not a license to copy someone else’s work. The purpose of brainstorming is to help you get ideas. Weave in your own perspective to make your essay unique.
  • Contemporary issues in society often inspire persuasive essay topics, so pay attention to current trends and events happening around you. It helps to develop a list of several persuasive essay topic ideas and then carefully evaluate them further to pick the best one.

Selecting a good topic for your essay is among the most important and often tricky parts for many students. Here are a few characteristics against which you should evaluate your topic before you start writing the essay.

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Qualities of Good Persuasive Essay Topics

The topic should be specific. The essay topic should be broad enough for you to comfortably meet the required length of the essay but not too narrow that you cannot write more than a few short sentences on it.

  • A great topic should have some complexity and depth.
  • A good topic for a persuasive essay is debatable. Pick persuasive essay topics that society is talking about or arguing about.
  • The topic must not be overdone. Most times, a topic that has been tackled repeatedly is not the best choice because it is likely that society has already reached a consensus on the matter and is no longer being debated.
  • Is there adequate literature to support your opinions/ideas? There should be enough literature to provide facts to back your thoughts in order for you to write a good persuasive essay. You don’t want to start the writing process, then have to find a new topic because you realize that there’s no credible literature to back your ideas.

We have compiled a few appropriate topics for your persuasive essay assignment.

Some Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas for High School

  • Should students perpetrating cyber bullying be expelled?

Cyberbullying can undoubtedly have grave consequences for the victims. There has been agitation in some quarters to have cyberbullies in schools face the consequences, such as expulsion.

  • Is college education the key to a successful life?

There are varying views on whether a college education is required in order to have a successful life. In most cases, employers hire candidates who have a college education even when the job does not require it. Conversely, many people lead successful lives, yet they have no college education. For example, American business mogul, Bill Gates, dropped out of Harvard University to found Microsoft. It raises the question- Is college education important?

  • Should the death penalty be abolished?

The death penalty has been abolished in some states, many more still practice it, and others have the death penalty allowing gubernatorial moratoria. Some people say the death sentence is a fitting deterrent to serious crimes but is it a cruel, dehumanizing practice that should be abolished.

  • Should civilians be allowed to carry guns?

The US has recorded 27 school shootings between January and May 2022. The frequency of these mass shootings has elicited gun control debates. Do civilians with guns help stop crimes such as mass shootings, or does the freedom of civilians to carry guns pose more danger?

  • Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

21, 18, 17, or 16 years? Just how old is old enough to vote? Are teenagers old enough for the responsibility of voting, or should voting be reserved for young adults and older citizens?

  • National security prevails over individual privacy rights.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) asked Apple to grant them access to an iPhone user’s data in 2016. The user was a key suspect in a mass shooting. The US government argued that gaining access to the suspect’s data was vital for investigations and preventing future shootings. This elicited mixed reactions, with some experts saying that the act would violate individual privacy rights. This raises the question, should violations of individual privacy rights be allowed for the sake of national security?

  • Parental consent should not be required for teenage girls to access contraceptives.

Teenagers have free access to contraceptives, but lawmakers have come up with proposals requiring teenage girls to engage their parents before they can get access.  Should the right of teenagers to freely access contraceptives be upheld?

  • Smartphones are killing communication.

Smartphones have changed the way conversations are carried out, but are they killing the art of communication? Are we missing out on the crucial benefits of voice calls and face-to-face conversations?

  • Should medical marijuana be legalized?

Marijuana helps relieve symptoms of various illnesses.  There have been debates on whether marijuana prescribed by a doctor should be legal. Some US states have legalized medical marijuana. Do you think it should be legalized across the US?

  • Is commercial testing on animals right?

Safety tests for products such as drugs and cosmetics are often tested on animals to ascertain their safety. Animal rights activists and other parties disagree with this practice.

  • Should mercy killing be allowed?

Euthanasia, which refers to the killing of patients with painful, incurable diseases or irreversible comas, is done to relieve suffering. The practice is allowed in some states, but it is frowned upon and illegal in many states.  Is it an ethical practice that should be legalized or not?

  • Should mandatory sexuality and parenting classes be taught in school?

Parents are responsible for teaching their children about sexuality, contraceptive use, and parenting. However, do parents sufficiently teach their kids these subjects? Some schools ask parents to fill in consent forms, allowing schools to administer sexuality classes. Some parents do not consent, yet they do not teach their children about these crucial topics. Should there be a law that mandates the teaching of these topics in school?

College Level Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Should guns be allowed on campuses?

Research shows that guns on campuses only pose a greater danger of violence and do very little to stop shooting rampages. Do you think guns should be allowed on college campuses or not?

  • Should breastfeeding in public be allowed?

Mums are given a hard time now and then for breastfeeding their babies in public . However, some people think that breastfeeding in public, just like bottle feeding a baby in public, should not be controversial.

  • Should the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries be implemented?

There have been mixed reactions on whether the executive order to ban visa issuance to travelers from six Muslim-majority countries should be implemented.

  • Should recycling be required by law?

Recycling helps preserve the environment, but not everyone practices it. Some think that by making it a legal requirement, more people will begin to practice recycling. What’s your position on this?

  • Should workplaces have a more relaxed dress code?

Some employers feel that relaxed dress codes negatively impact productivity and should not be allowed in the workplace.  Others think that it improves creativity and productivity in the workplace.

  • Should bench trials replace the jury system?

There have been arguments that juries are not made up of people with the necessary legal expertise; therefore, they should be abolished and replaced with bench trials where judges are solely responsible for making judgments.

These are just a few tips to help you in persuasive essay writing. You can write persuasive essays on various subjects, including health, food, technology, history, law, religion, and governance. Just follow the guidelines stated above, and you’ll be well on your way to writing a good persuasive essay. Alternatively, you can buy an essay paper  from us and use it to further your research.

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The Importance of Research

Whichever topic you choose, always remember the importance of literature sources. These sources enrich knowledge, meet the academic community’s expectations, and identify and support arguments. You must always find out whether a topic has been overdone or has enough literature to back it up. You can only find the answers to these questions by immersing yourself in literature to filter out the overdone persuasive essay topics and find facts, examples, statistics, and quotes to provide supporting evidence for your essay. It requires and demonstrates an ability to research, understand, and integrate information from multiple sources. Common, reliable literature sources include journals, scientific magazines, textbooks, and reports that can be examined for relevance to the topic at hand. There are multiple online resources and databases to find a book or a journal article that you can use to search for relevant information sources. Possessing good research skills and selecting good persuasive essay topics is crucial. However, good writing should accompany a good persuasive essay topic and extensive research. As such, a student must learn the skills of effective writing. Learning good writing skills will help you write better essays that will keep your readers interested and persuaded. This can be difficult for some students, especially those for whom English is their second language, but it is not an impossible task.

Writing Persuasive Essays

Once you settle on the topic and choose the position on which you will base your essay, the rest of the work can then begin. You still need to create an outstanding piece of writing. You will need to research your topic further to provide evidence for your ideas and structure your writing according to the persuasive essay structure. As any guide on how to write a persuasive essay will tell you, your essay must be organized in paragraphs with a logical progression from one paragraph to the next.

  • Introduction: There should be an introductory paragraph that includes a strong, authoritative thesis statement. Begin the introduction paragraph with an attention-grabbing fact, question, or contradiction.
  • Main Body: This section should have at least three paragraphs. Each body paragraph should state a single main point and present evidence that supports the point, view, or argument you are making. Examples may also be included in each body paragraph to clarify and support your main points further. 
  • Conclusion: A good persuasive essay must always have a concluding paragraph where you restate your position and include a summary of the essay text. If your introduction included non-rhetorical questions, you should include answers in this section as well. Focus the conclusion on giving your reader a strong message that will linger in their mind. 

Finally, remember that a big part of being effective in persuasion is the ability to appeal to your audience’s emotions. Be creative and take full advantage of persuasion techniques. As with any type of writing, keep your work clear, concise, and error-free.

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Have you read an article online about the alarming threats of climate change? Or, maybe, one that claimed 5G wireless frequencies have caused the COVID-19 pandemic? They were pretty convincing, right? This is because authors making such articles use several special techniques to persuade you to believe in their sometimes ridiculous ideas. This is a core element of persuasive writing topics. Many writers use very good persuasive essay topics to convince you of their assertions on a given issue. In this guide, you will explore 300+ persuasive essay ideas on different subjects and themes, which can greatly help you in academic work.  In case you lack motivation, best recruit a persuasive essay writing service and wrap the task up quickly.

What Are Persuasive Essay Topics?

Persuasive essay topics are designed to convince the reader to agree with your point of view. More often, they are opinionated rather than descriptive. Since persuasive ideas are argumentative in nature, they challenge readers to think about the issue critically. However, topics for persuasive essays lean more towards the writer’s position instead of discussing both sides, like in argumentative essay topics .  People write a persuasive essay for varied reasons, such as creating an advertisement and convincing customers to buy a product or generally change someone’s opinion on a given subject. On most occasions, persuasive paper topics revolve around issues in culture, politics, and religion. Regardless of their purpose, you should use a convincing language amd examples to sway readers. In this context, persuasive topics are somewhat identical to exemplification essay ideas  where you also provide evidence to get your point across.

Characteristics of Good Persuasive Essay Topics

You can come up with many good topics for persuasive essays, but that does not mean that you should necessarily write about them. Specific persuasive essay prompts are easier to develop into strong and convincing papers. Then, what constitutes great titles for essays ? Below are characteristics of good persuasive essay topics you should consider:

  • Relevant to current trends.
  • Timely and contain updated information.
  • Clear and concise. They enable readers to understand and grasp what is being discussed.
  • Appeal to the audience by generating interest and emotions.
  • Provide evidence that supports your argument.
  • Focused and specific instead of broad or shallow.
  • Debatable, allowing writers and readers to formulate arguments and counterarguments, and make a strong case.

How to Choose a Persuasive Essay Topic?

You have been asked to choose a topic. So, how do you approach the assignment? Of course, you can think of many persuasive topics to write about, but you must be careful about what you select. In fact, settling on a particular subject can be tough given the high academic expectations. These 6 tips will help you choose an appropriate persuasive essay topic:

  • Identify your area of interest When selecting a topic for a persuasive paper, make sure you are passionate about it. This way, it will be much easier to generate ideas.
  • Think about your audience Consider the readers and what they find interesting. Your choice should be relevant to them.
  • Reflect on the purpose Define the reasons for writing the essay and what you want to accomplish. It should align with your personal goals.
  • Conduct research Sharing an opinion on an issue does not mean it is informed. You still need to find more information from credible sources that will help build your arguments.
  • Go for controversy Settle on a topic that has conflicting opinions. This will engage your readers and give them something to think about.
  • Avoid sensitive issues Do not write about personal or uncharacteristic topics that can provoke your readers.

List of Persuasive Essay Topics

The biggest challenge for most students is understanding where to start when picking persuasive essays topics . Is it an appropriate one? Will the lecturer accept it? We have combed through several lists of persuasive topics to provide you with 10 that are simple, relevant, and current: 

  • Should high schools be free for all students?
  • Is the death penalty more appropriate for dangerous criminal offenders?
  • Should the government implement more stringent measures on gun control?
  • Is it ethical to clone animals and use them for scientific research?
  • Should countries enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination on its citizens?
  • Is it appropriate for football players to protest about social injustices in a foreign country?
  • With the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, should the U.S. administration get involved in the conflict?
  • Should children be allowed to play complex video games from an early age?
  • Does motorsport racing under rainy conditions make it more exciting?
  • Should social media companies implement greater restrictions on what people post online?

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Best Persuasive Essay Topics

The best topics for persuasive essays are thought-provoking, current, and controversial. They can generate multiple perspectives. Here is a list of 15 best topics to write a persuasive essay on: 

  • Are genetically modified crops beneficial or harmful to society?
  • Does social media positively or negatively impact personal privacy and security?
  • Is net neutrality relevant in this modern era of interconnectivity?
  • Do phone manufacturing companies that recycle plastic waste help the environment on a larger scale?
  • Does early childhood development have an impact on long-term success?
  • Is online shopping making the traditional business model obsolete?
  • Do renewable energy sources benefit or derail a country’s economy?
  • Is technology positively or negatively impacting mental health and well-being?
  • Do online learning programs harness or destroy traditional universities?
  • Will criminal justice reforms become a necessity to society?
  • Does reducing greenhouse gas emissions significantly contribute to climate change?
  • Are drones good or bad for personal and commercial use?
  • Is social media use positively or negatively impacting politics and democracy?
  • Do privacy laws promote personal freedom or restrict it?
  • Will legalizing marijuana bring more good than harm to society?

Good Persuasive Essay Topics

Good topics for a persuasive essay elicit emotional response and lead to a strong argument. There are so many to choose from, but you can check out these 15 good topics to write a persuasive essay on and pick one that interests you:

  • Should each country increase its minimum wage?
  • Can gun ownership and sale be regulated?
  • Should college athletes be paid?
  • Should learning institutions ban the use of smartphones by students within their premises?
  • Is lowering the voting age to 16 an appropriate move?
  • Should using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be regulated?
  • Should citizens receive free healthcare?
  • Should schools ban junk food?
  • Should colleges require learners to wear uniforms?
  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Should sex education be part of the curriculum?
  • Should States ban the use of plastic bags?
  • Should animal testing be banned?
  • Should the government regulate internet access?
  • Should the legal age of drinking be increased?

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Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics

An interesting persuasive essay prompt should grab the reader’s attention and touch on issues that bring out strong opinions and reactions. Here are 15 interesting persuasive paper topics for you. You can pick one that resonates with you. 

  • Artificial intelligence is proving powerful even at its infant stage. Can its use be regulated?
  • Fake news and misinformation are spreading fast following increasing online activities. Should social media companies be held accountable for this?
  • Can virtual reality be used for therapeutic activities?
  • Should the government provide free for its unemployed citizens?
  • Can college admission be based solely on merit?
  • Should telemedicine become the new norm in healthcare?
  • Should universities teach financial literacy as a core subject?
  • Will revising school curriculums help integrate diverse perspectives in teaching and learning?
  • Should plastic surgery be more regulated?
  • Do modern movies portray any artistic value like their classical counterparts?
  • Should the government introduce higher tax brackets for wealthy people?
  • Does the death penalty deter crime?
  • Will robots replace humans in workplaces?
  • Should animal rights be considered on par with human rights ?
  • Should self-drive vehicles be allowed on public roads?

Easy Persuasive Essay Topics

An easy persuasive essay topic is straightforward and requires less research to write as it does not need one to have a deep understanding of complex issues. Readers can easily familiarize with them and formulate clear arguments. Here are 15 easy persuasive topics you can write on: 

  • Should students be mandated to participate in physical education in school?
  • Can food trucks serve healthier meals?
  • Should learning institutions offer free menstrual products to all female students?
  • Can rehabilitation centers be made free for patients battling substance abuse disorders?
  • Should the government provide tax reprieve for citizens using environmentally friendly vehicles?
  • Is it better to give or receive?
  • Should kids be allowed to go to bed past midnight?
  • Is it better to have more field trips and outdoor experiences than in-class learning?
  • Should zoos be banned?
  • Should working pregnant women be added more maternity leave time?
  • What should the government do to help homeless people?
  • Should electric vehicles replace gas-powered cars?
  • Is singing the national anthem before a world cup match necessary?
  • Can torture be used when dealing with matters of national security?
  • Should convicts be permitted to vote?

Funny Persuasive Essay Topics

You may want to use humor to sway a reader’s opinion. Fun persuasive essay topics incorporate jokes, pun, and sarcasm to make a point. Here are 15 persuasive paper topics you can use in your write-up: 

  • Should aliens be granted citizenship on Earth?
  • Can there be a law requiring people to take a nap each day?
  • Should superheroes be real and work for the government?
  • Can robots be allowed to compete in sports?
  • Should pizza be recognized as a staple food?
  • Is it realistic for schools to have similar uniforms?
  • Should the government invest in a department of sarcasm?
  • Can pets go to school?
  • Is it acceptable to laugh at your own funny jokes ?
  • Should adults be required to take parenting lessons before they become one?
  • Is playing video games the best way to spend free time?
  • Should all books be required to have a happy ending?
  • Can emojis be taught in school as a second language?
  • Should unicorns be recognized as a real species?
  • Should students be required to make a minimum number of friends before graduating?

Unique Persuasive Essay Ideas

If all the above ideas do not match what you are looking for, see if these 15 unique persuasive essay topics would appeal to you. Remember to select persuasive essay prompts that you are familiar with and can find information to back your stance. 

  • How much should people know about a president’s personal life?
  • Do animal zoos protect or exploit them?
  • Can virtual reality be used as a tool for criminal rehabilitation?
  • Should the government fund human enhancement technology for the disabled?
  • Is it ethical to train soldiers to be excellent assassins?
  • Should the use of virtual currencies be regulated by banks and other financial institutions?
  • Should internet access be free to all citizens?
  • Should human cloning be permitted for medical research?
  • Can schools offer classes on self-defense against criminals?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their kid?
  • Is it reasonable for parents to genetically alter their babies?
  • Is there a good reason for countries going to war?
  • Which would you prefer, being rich and alone or living a poor life but with friends?
  • Is life better today than it was 60 years ago?
  • Should cryogenics be considered a valid option for preserving one's life?

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Controversial Topics for Persuasive Essays 

Controversy is part of human interest that leads to endless discussions and arguments in favor of or against different viewpoints. Controversial topics for persuasive essay mostly challenge societal norms and beliefs. Such papers can elicit strong emotions from readers and, more often than not, spark heated debates. Check out these 15 controversial things to write a persuasive essay on:    

  • Are COVID-19 vaccinations safe for children?
  • Should the Second Amendment be abolished or reformed?
  • Should marriage be redefined to include same-sex couples?
  • Should abortion be legalized?
  • Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
  • Should schools be required to offer courses on climate change and environmental activism?
  • Should the government conduct surveillance on its citizens?
  • Can affordable housing projects solve homelessness in most African countries ?
  • Are cryptocurrencies scam?
  • Should military organizations be allowed to develop and test biological weapons of mass destruction?
  • Should patients be able to access assisted suicide when terminally ill?
  • Are video games getting too violent for our children?
  • Should schools ban religious education?
  • Is global warming threatening human existence?
  • Should social media platforms be banned during election periods?

Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas for Students

Students may be required to tackle some persuasive writing prompts to show how they develop and present opinions on various issues. The instructor may provide several guidelines on how to approach the assignment, but you will most likely be free to focus on an area that appeals to you. With so much to choose from, you could be too overwhelmed to settle on good persuasive essay topics for students. If you feel stuck, take a look at our suggestions list below. 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Elementary Students

If you are in elementary school, practicing some persuasive tactics can help you learn how to express yourself better. Coming up with topics to write about for a persuasive essay can assist students build critical thinking skills from an early age. Here are 10 elementary persuasive essay topics you may find useful: 

  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • Should teachers give out homework to students?
  • Should students bring their favorite toys to school?
  • Should the school day end earlier?
  • Should students be required to learn a foreign language?
  • Should schools have a student council?
  • Can students send a letter to the school management?
  • Should elementary schools provide free meals to all students despite their financial status?
  • Should recess be made mandatory for all grade levels?
  • Should students receive pocket money from their parents?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Middle School

For middle school students, choosing a simple title for a persuasive essay and then researching them is a viable approach to helping build an understanding of different issues of the world around. It will also assist them in better expressing their opinions. These 10 persuasive essay ideas for middle school should get you started: 

  • Should kids access the internet without parental control?
  • Are celebrities bad role models for children?
  • Should people wear safety belts when using public transport?
  • Should social media platforms limit the age required to create an account?
  • Should parents pay their kids after scoring good grades in school?
  • Is it necessary for children to be informed about politics?
  • Should students be allowed to wear what they want, even if it's unconventional?
  • Is it important for individuals to respect different cultures and beliefs?
  • Should kids be allowed to engage in extreme sports ?
  • Should teens be able to express their opinions freely?

Persuasive Essay Topics for High School

Choosing high school persuasive essay topics is a demanding task since they should strike a balance between being challenging enough for your but not too hard to research. In essence, the prompts should cover issues pupils have learned in class and can easily relate with. We have chosen 10 good persuasive essay topics for high school that will challenge your thoughts but simple enough to prevent any confusion: 

  • Should teens care for their ageing parents?
  • Should schools offer more technology education, such as coding and computer engineering?
  • Following today’s culture and societal norms, has Christmas lost its true meaning?
  • Should schools provide free birth control and condoms to students?
  • Do human activities cause climate change?
  • Should college tuition be free for all students?
  • Should high school students have part-time jobs?
  • Are all politicians good people?
  • Does money make the world go round?
  • Should cities across all states have free Wi-Fi?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Colleges Students 

For students who want to challenge themselves, picking college persuasive essay topics can be a great way to improve their critical thinking skills. You can select one of these 10 persuasive essay topics for college level if you are up for the task: 

  • Should churches be taxed?
  • Is climate change the most significant issue humans have ever faced?
  • Should countries focus on their development rather than pumping resources to solve global issues?
  • Should freedom of speech have its limits?
  • Should colleges and universities offer more courses on sustainable living and environmental protection?
  • Are humans fueling their own destruction?
  • Is morality objective?
  • Can we rely on nuclear power ?
  • Should prisons be privatized?
  • Is social media positively or negatively affecting learning in colleges and universities?

Persuasive Writing Topics by Subject

When choosing persuasive writing essay topics, there is no shortage of a good idea from any of the available subjects. We have carefully taken an in-depth look at some fields and came up with a wide range of prompts for persuasive essays. From the examples given below, you can pick one that interests you and can comfortably write about it. We urge you to go through the list, and if you find an area that appeals to you, do not hesitate to use it.

Persuasive Essays Topics on History

Persuasive research paper topics on history are excellent for social studies, asking students to debate on various past and present issues. Some questions may not be as straightforward as you think. Here are 10 topics for a persuasive essay: 

  • Was the early European exploration mission to Africa and other continents a good or bad thing?
  • Should companies be allowed to make contributions towards political candidates?
  • Is democracy effective as a form of governance?
  • Was the American Civil War primarily fought over states' rights or slavery?
  • Was the Vietnam War a necessary conflict?
  • Should schools teach revisionist history?
  • Should the Confederate flag be displayed in public places?
  • Are the founding fathers heroes or villains?
  • Was it justifiable for America to use atomic bombs in World War II?
  • Should we commemorate and celebrate Columbus Day?
Read more: Historical Research Topics  

Persuasive Essay Ideas About Culture

You have probably heard many arguments on culture and related issues, which are perfectly suitable for persuasive writing ideas. Examine cultural heritage, traditions, immigration, and other ideas for persuasive writing below: 

  • Can music be used as a treatment intervention for mental illness?
  • Should there be limits on immigration to preserve a country's cultural identity ?
  • Is cultural diffusion a good or bad thing for society?
  • Should there be restrictions on cultural exports, such as music, movies, and art?
  • Should cultural heritage sites be preserved for future generations?
  • Should the representation of different cultures in media and entertainment be more diverse?
  • Should culture be modified to fit modern society?
  • Do the Kardashians positively or negatively influence young people?
  • What can museums do to encourage more people to visit?
  • Should cultural traditions be preserved, even if they are harmful?

Science Persuasive Essay Topics

The ever-evolving science world brings up lots of ethical concerns, making it easy to find a persuasive research topic. See what you think about these 10 topics for a persuasive research paper in this field: 

  • Is evolution a fact or theory?
  • Should the government continue funding space exploration?
  • Is understanding human psychology essential for college students?
  • Is it ethical to perform scientific experiments on animals?
  • Should scientists access genetic testing to predict future health problems?
  • Should companies be allowed to cause more environmental damage because they make good products that benefit society?
  • Should researchers conduct early clinical trials on humans rather than animals?
  • Do you think humans are similar to animals?
  • How likely are robots going to overrun the human population?
  • Should genetically modified organisms be released into the wild?
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Persuasive Essays for Topics on Education

Education is one of the most important aspects of a person's life, as it provides individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their future careers and personal lives. Moreover, it is constantly evolving and adapting to meet new challenges. As such, there are many contentious and thought-provoking topics to write persuasive essays on in this field.  See if these 10 persuasive essay titles related to education inspire you:

  • Should online education replace traditional classroom learning?
  • Should schools offer courses in mental health and wellness?
  • How much should parents get involved in their children’s learning process?
  • Should schools provide more opportunities for students to study abroad?
  • Should schools provide more support and resources for students with learning differences?
  • Should teachers communicate with their students through social media?
  • Is college education necessary for a successful career?
  • Are exams the right approach to determine if students are actually learning and understanding course concepts?
  • Is detention necessary curbing indiscipline among students?
  • Should students take vocational lessons before graduating?
Read more: Education Research Topics

Political Persuasive Essay Topics

People have varying political opinions. Choosing topics to write a persuasive essay on means you have no problem conducting in-depth research to understand other perspectives. Take a look at these 10 titles for persuasive essays, but remember you can receive backlash from those on the opposing side: 

  • Should the United States have a two-party or a multi-party political system?
  • Should protestors block off roads and cause traffic? Are their actions a concern for public safety?
  • Should same-sex marriages be legalized?
  • Should we continue protecting religious liberties?
  • Should local governments do more to fight global warming ? If yes, how so?
  • How can the threat of terrorism be mitigated?
  • How should countries encourage female participation in politics?
  • Can the issue of immigration be solved?
  • Should the government regulate political advertising and propaganda?
  • Should money spent on political campaigns be limited?

>> View more: Political Science Topics

Topics for a Persuasive Essay on Technology

The evolution of technology is remarkable, bringing forth developments that would have been impossible if it remained only a theory. In fact, it has changed how we learn, communicate, interact, and access information. When it comes to writing about technology, you can never miss things to write persuasive essays on, especially if you have a huge interest in the field. Here, we outline 10 ideas for persuasive essays you can explore:   

  • Is technology improving or hindering our ability to communicate effectively?
  • Are we becoming too dependent on technology?
  • Should internet access be considered a basic human right?
  • Is technology making us less social and isolated?
  • Does technology contribute to the growing inequality in the world?
  • Are wearable technologies like smartwatches and fitness trackers improving our health?
  • Do action video games, such as Call of Duty and PUBG, increase juvenile violence?
  • Should children under a certain age be banned from using social media and other technology devices?
  • Which is better, Android or iOS?
  • Do you think car manufacturers can design automotive vehicles with similar capabilities as the Transformers?

>> More ideas: Technological Research Topics

Military Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas

War is part of our history, and understanding the role military personnel play is essential in building a better society. From this, persuasive paper topics on their activities and warfare have become common in college-level studies. Here, we will take a look at 10 of the most popular topics for persuasive essays you may encounter: 

  • Should the military budget be increased or decreased?
  • How can the country help war veterans as they integrate into society?
  • Should military personnel protest and express their political views?
  • Should women be assigned to combat positions in the army?
  • Should the military use more advanced technology, such as drones and robots, in warfare?
  • Should the United States provide military aid to other countries?
  • Can the military be called upon in response to humanitarian crises and disasters?
  • Do you think that a large military base is a show of strength and power?
  • Due to their service to the nation, should the army be exempted from paying taxes?
  • Should the military be more transparent about its operations and decision-making processes?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Health

We all worry about the state of our public health system. There are so many persuasive essay topics to choose from in this field. For example, how do we deal with increasing mortality rates? Can an HIV/AIDS vaccine work? You can try these 10 other health persuasive essay topics and gain insight into today’s societal challenges: 

  • Should schools screen students for depression?
  • Is it advisable for companies to drug test their employees anytime?
  • Substance abuse is at an all-high following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic . What should be done to combat this?
  • Only one state mandates all restaurants to display nutritional content on their menu. Do you think this should be applicable for all other states?
  • Can the Affordable Care Act be replaced? If yes, what improvements do you want included in the new one?
  • Should unhealthy foods be taxed to discourage consumption?
  • Should people understand their family medical history?
  • Should health insurance providers give out financial incentives to encourage their clients to adopt healthy lifestyles?
  • Should mental health be treated with the same priority as physical health?
  • Should citizens access healthcare regardless of their ability to pay?

>> Read more: Mental Health Topics to Write About

Persuasive Essay Ideas by Theme

One way of grouping your work is by themes, meaning organizing similar topics to create a coherent essay. This way, it will be easy to find things to write a persuasive essay about. In the following list, choose persuasive questions you are passionate about and understand well. Focusing on one area will help you build strong arguments and convince the reader to agree with your point.    

Persuasive Essay Topics About Sports

Sports have always been a favorite pastime for many people, and it's not surprising that they are popular among students. Writing persuasive essay topics on sports allows you to explore diverse opinions surrounding various issues in this field. From the use of performance-enhancing drugs to its impact on society and education, there is no shortage of ideas to choose from. Whether you are a fan or simply interested in exploring the different arguments and perspectives, selecting this theme can be a fascinating and rewarding challenge. Have a look at these 10 sports persuasive essay topics for your next paper: 

  • Is it important for children to participate in sports?
  • Does participating in sports have a positive impact on academic performance?
  • Should sport events be held in venues with retractable roofs or open-air stadiums?
  • Should athletes be held responsible for their actions off the field or court?
  • Are violent sports harmful to participants and should they be banned?
  • Is it fair for athletes to receive such high salaries?
  • Should sports teams provide equal pay for men and women?
  • Should athletes caught doping receive a life ban on future sports participation?
  • Should betting on sport be legal?
  • Should sport events be more environmentally friendly?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Animals

Animals are an important part of our world, and they play a vital role in our ecosystem. They create emotional connection in people and inspire us to take action and protect their rights and habitats. A persuasive paper idea on the ethics of zoos and circuses, wildlife conservation, or animal testing can be a good starting point for your essay. You can also look at these 10 other animal persuasive essay topics below if they interest you: 

  • Should hunting animals be illegal?
  • Is animal-assisted therapy ethical?
  • Is it ethical to use animals for entertainment, such as circuses and rodeos?
  • Are animal rights activism and advocacy effective?
  • Is it right to keep wild animals as pets?
  • Should there be limits on the amount of sea creatures that can be caught for commercial purposes?
  • Is it necessary to have animal welfare laws that protect domesticated animals?
  • Should domestic animals, such as cats and dogs, be spayed and neutered to reduce overpopulation?
  • Should animals be given the same legal rights as humans?
  • Is it ethical to use animals for food production?

Entertainment Persuasive Writing Ideas

Entertainment is a constantly evolving industry that captivates and engages people from all walks of life. From movies and music to video games and television, there are countless forms of entertainment that shape our culture and influence our beliefs and values. Your persuasive paragraph topics can range from the impact of technology on the entertainment industry or representation of marginalized groups in media to the role of entertainment in shaping societal norms. In your writing, you can use any of these 10 persuasive paper ideas for your entertainment-themed essay:

  • What is the best music to listen to when in a bad mood?
  • Should people download copyrighted music and movies for free?
  • Is it important for society to access free public entertainment options, such as parks and museums?
  • Should streaming services pay the same amount as traditional TV networks for the rights to air content?
  • Are there benefits or drawbacks to binge-watching TV shows, and what impact does it have on our viewing habits?
  • Is it ethical for celebrities to use their influence to endorse products?
  • Is there a moral obligation to consider the ethics of reality TV shows and their impact on participants and audiences?
  • Is it important for TV networks to have diversity in the content they air?
  • Should individuals livestream their personal lives 24/7?
  • Should TV networks air a certain amount of educational content daily?

Persuasive Essay Topics on Food

Food is a basic life necessity that can bring people together and shape our cultural identity. From the rise of veganism to the impact of fast food on our health, you can find many persuasive paper ideas on this theme that inspire lively debates.  If you are looking for more ideas on food, check out the following persuasive research topics:

  • Should there be restrictions on the use of artificial sweeteners in food production?
  • Is it necessary for individuals to reduce their meat consumption for the sake of the environment?
  • Is the global food system sustainable, and what changes must be made to ensure long-term food security?
  • Should fast food restaurants list the calorie count of their menu items?
  • Should there be restrictions on the sale of junk food to children?
  • Should the use of antibiotics in food production be limited?
  • Is it important for individuals to eat locally sourced food?
  • Should the use of growth hormones in food production be banned?
  • Should fast food restaurants be held responsible for promoting unhealthy food choices?
  • Should supermarkets donate unused foods to the homeless?

Persuasive Essay Topics on Depression

When looking for a persuasive essay title on depression, you have to be mindful since this is a sensitive theme. To get started, you can pick a topic for a persuasive essay from the list below: 

  • Should employers provide mental health benefits for employees?
  • Is therapy the most effective treatment for depression? If not, what are the alternatives?
  • Is it important for society to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and depression?
  • Should medication be the first line of treatment for depression?
  • Is it possible for someone with depression to live a happy and fulfilling life?
  • Should mental health screening be mandatory for all?
  • Is it important for society to educate individuals about depression and mental health?
  • Should people take antidepressants without a prescription?
  • Should the government invest more in mental health research and treatment?
  • Is it necessary for people to talk about their depression in order to overcome it?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Music

Music is a universal language that can tell a story, link people together, and create emotional connection. From classical to rock, from hip-hop to jazz, there are countless genres of music that have shaped our culture and continue to inspire new generations. Many topics for persuasive papers can be engaging and allow you to express your opinion on different musical perspectives.  When choosing what to write, you can talk about the impact of technology on music, its role in society, or you can settle on one of these 10 persuasive research essay topics below:

  • Is music education necessary in schools?
  • Is classical music more culturally significant than popular music?
  • Does music have a healing power?
  • Should music with explicit lyrics be censored? Does this impact free speech and artistic expression?
  • Are music competitions fair and beneficial for musicians?
  • Are music videos an important aspect of music or are they distracting and unnecessary?
  • What is the impact of the music industry on the economy?
  • Is it important for musicians to have a concrete message in their music?
  • Can music be used to spread hate and violence?
  • Should people be allowed to play music in public spaces without permission?

Persuasive Essay Ideas About Love & Friendship

Love and friendship are common themes for persuasive essays and letters as they can elicit strong emotions and opinions from people. When searching for ideas for a persuasive essay, you may argue for or against romantic love or about the benefits and drawbacks of different types of friendships. Whether you are composing a love or friendship essay , the following 10 topics for persuasive writing will give you an opportunity to express your own views and engage others in a meaningful dialogue:

  • Is love more important than friendship in a romantic relationship?
  • Is true love a matter of fate or choice?
  • Can money buy happiness in a relationship?
  • Is it better to be in a relationship or single?
  • Can friendships last for a lifetime?
  • Is honesty the best policy in a relationship?
  • Is it advisable to be long-term friends before dating?
  • Is it better to have a few close friends or many casual friends?
  • Is physical attraction important in a relationship?
  • Can you be friends with an ex-partner?

Keep in mind that we have different lists of topics for your essay writing. Find them in our blogs, be those analytical essay topics or position paper topics . 

Bottom Line on Persuasive Essay Topics

Good ideas for persuasive essays can be challenging to formulate, but in this guide, we have provided over 300 engaging and exciting persuasive article topics on different subjects and themes to help you with this task. Remember that your choice should be influenced by interest, availability of evidence, and the ability to present concrete arguments. Once you pick a topic, follow these tips as you begin writing:

  • Avoid unusual persuasive essay topics that are far too complicated and can provoke your readers.
  • Research your topic and make sure you can present the opposing sides of the argument.
  • Understand your audience. This will help choose a subject they can relate or engage in.
  • Go for controversy. People like reading about issues that elicit strong opinions or emotions.

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