Some Persuasive Essay Topics To Hand To Your Students

Author: Ian McAllister

To investors in the stock market the idea that the majority is usually wrong is an accepted truism. That raises the possibility that the most dogmatically stated ideas that we hear could be wrong.

For Lecturers

If you are a lecturer just let your mind roam over any dogmatic statements that you have heard, and you will probably find persuasive essay topics in abundance. If you can’t think of any, you will find some random ideas further down the page.

  1. Consider our existence. I think, therefore I am. But I can’t prove that I think. It might just be an enormous green monster basking in a sea of slime that is thinking about me in its nightmares, and I cease to exist when the nightmare ends.
  2. The most dogmatic scientific statements are the first and second laws of thermodynamics. All other laws of science stand or fall according to how well they agree with these two laws. The first law says that energy (matter being a form of energy) cannot be created or destroyed. Therefore the universe was never created. Therefore I don’t exist, and we are back to the green monster.

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Your persuasive essay topics could well include a requirement for the student to persuade you that he doesn’t exist, or does exist.

The first law of thermodynamics says that the universe doesn’t exist, and the second says that the myth of evolution is totally out of the question. I’m sure there must be some persuasive essay topics floating around there somewhere!

For Students

If you have read my book about exam mastery you will know that my first rule for writing essays is to look for a viewpoint outrageously different from the conventional.

When you have to handle persuasive essay topics you should consider my introduction to this page. There is nearly always a doubt in anything that the world believes.

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However to really have fun, read on. This is your chance to shock your teacher.

Flat earth

Did you think that an apple-shaped earth spun round the sun?

It may come as a shock to you to learn that one author has written a whole series of books about an earth that is disc shaped. If I remember rightly the disk is supported on elephants standing on the back of an enormous turtle.

There are 64 of Terry Pratchett’s discworld books in my local lending library system, so you can probably find them in your library. Would that kind of study suit you? Would you enjoy persuading the examiner that the earth is flat when persuasive essay topics came up?

Perhaps you would prefer persuasive essay topics that you can believe in, removing your requirement to keep your tongue firmly in your cheek.

September 11 disaster

Persuade the examiner that most of the damage done to the USA was caused by the media in the aftermath of the disaster. Think of the facts. The tourism industry was brought to a crashing stop even though ten times as many people were murdered in an African country on the same day.

Why? When you have persuasive essay topics to work on you should always question what the general public believes.

I leave it to you to find out how many pedestrians are killed every year on the roads of the USA alone. Are people to stop walking as a result? They probably would if there was a media campaign to persuade them that walking was dangerous.

How many are killed in cars each year? How many are killed in planes each year? How many are killed in lifts in office buildings each year. How many are burned to death in office buildings each year?

Perhaps the moral is to stay at home? How many are killed in their own homes each year?

Do you want more persuasive essay topics? How about this one. Terrorism is the worst threat to the modern world

Well, what other threats are there? What are the main causes of death? In 2002 doctors finally reached first place as the main cause of death. It is argued that their failure to teach their patients should make them guilty of all the deaths resulting from lack of preventive health treatment. If that was accepted, doctors would have been in first place long before 2002.

What about heart failure. Well, while doctors killed nearly a million people in the USA heart failure appeared to kill about thirty or forty thousand fewer. However, though the death certificates said heart failure, the doctors who wrote the certificates may have caused the heart failure.

How many people have the terrorists killed? Can you still say that they are a major threat to the modern world?

Should doctors be banned? That sounds like another possibility for persuasive essay topics.

Should doctors be banned?

We have a population explosion problem. Perhaps doctors should have all restrictions lifted from them, and encouraged to kill everyone with a permanent sickness, and everyone with an hereditary sickness?

OK, that might be too extreme for you, but when it comes to persuasive essay topics you should look for the most extreme point of view that you think you can support.

What’s in it for me?

In theory you should answer this question for the examiner in all your persuasive essay topics. However you can state at the start of your essay who you are trying to persuade. Think of yourself as an advertiser. You have got the job to recruit young suicide-bombers, so your persuasive essay is aimed at young men who are intellectually challenged (I think that is the politically correct term). Persuasive essay topics must always be aimed at the right target to work.

More persuasive essay topics

  • Acid Rain
  • Age Discrimination
  • Air Quality
  • Air Safety
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Behavior Medication
  • Bilingual Education
  • Binge Drinking
  • Body Art
  • Bullying
  • Capital Punishment
  • Cheating
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Custody
  • Child Labor
  • Child Neglect
  • Child Support
  • Class Size
  • Cloning
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Composting
  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Confederate Flag
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Deforestation
  • Divorce
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dress Codes
  • Driver’s License Requirements
  • Drug Testing
  • Elder Abuse
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Activism
  • Euthanasia
  • Family Values
  • Fat Acceptance
  • Fat Discrimination
  • Final Exams
  • Foster Care
  • Fraudulent Lawsuits
  • Frivolous Lawsuits
  • Fundraising
  • Gangs
  • Genetic Discrimination
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genetically Altered Food
  • Global Warming
  • Gun Control
  • Habitat Loss
  • Handicapped Parking
  • Hazardous Waste
  • High Speed Chases
  • Homelessness
  • Homeschooling
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Addiction
  • Internet Filtering
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Law Enforcement
  • Life Support
  • Mandatory Sentencing
  • Medicinal Marijuana
  • Movie Ratings
  • Multicultural Education
  • Music Education
  • Music Lyrics
  • Narcotics Control
  • Native American Mascots
  • Nepotism
  • Organ Donation
  • Organized Crime
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Patient Rights
  • Patriotism
  • Pesticides
  • Plagiarism
  • Professional Wrestling
  • Public Executions
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Rainforest Logging
  • Recycling
  • Road Rage
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • SARS was a non-event
  • School Prayer
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Smoking Bans
  • Soap Operas
  • Soft Drink Bans
  • Spam
  • Spanking
  • Speed Limits
  • Speed Traps
  • Sports Salaries
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Surrogate Motherhood
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Sweatshops
  • Teacher Accountability
  • Teacher Tenure
  • Telemarketing
  • Television Violence
  • Term Limits
  • Tipping
  • Transracial Adoption
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Urban Sprawl
  • Vehicle Emissions
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Water Quality
  • Wetlands Conservation
  • Whistle blowing

Practice writing persuasive essay topics

Every day look at the front page headline. Think how you could persuade people that the journalist is talking nonsense.

After all, the journalist is paid to slant all the articles according to the philosophy of the owner of the medium, be it newspaper or be it TV. So you can put a reverse slant on the article.

Money from persuasive essay topics

When an examiner marks your persuasive essay topics you can never be sure how good a critic the examiner is.

However, if you succeed in persuading someone to buy on eBay you get the money in your hot little hand, and you know that you are good at writing persuasive essay topics.

Admittedly selling your last year’s textbooks might not bring you very much money, so you could try persuading your classmates to let you have theirs for free.

If your persuasive powers were not up to that, you could persuade them to let you sell their textbooks on commission.

If you are old enough to have a credit card and are on the internet you can sell on eBay.

That will be enough for most students, but if you have the killer business instinct you might want to make more money from eBay or from writing Kindle books.

Websites are another good place to practice your persuasive essay topics (and make money). You may think that a high-school student would find writing a website too difficult. Think again.

Read about the success of Nori, a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

See if you can read her persuasive essay topics related to her holiday experiences and remain unconvinced!

You can read her essay about her success. Sorry, it’s not on my websites o I can’t control any address changes made there. If you are lucky, my link will take you to the right place to click to read her article. Otherwise just do a find (Hold down Ctrl and press F) on NORI, which is the name of the schoolgirl. Her success story is just one of many on this page.