The ability to choose an appropriate essay topic often determines the difference between an essay that is thought provoking and an essay that lacks meaning and resonance. The best essay topics are those that you are passionate about and that also appeal to your targeted audience. One technique is to write down categories that you are interested in, such as social sciences or politics, and make a list of topics. Essays are divided into types such as argumentative, descriptive, narrative and expository. When choosing essay topics, keep in mind the type of essay that you are writing.
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Argumentative essays present a thesis statement in which the writer presents the facts and attempts to persuade the reader to agree with her viewpoint.
Argumentative essays must be logical, with the conclusion firmly supported by the arguments. Argumentative essay topics should be topics that are debatable and lead to more discussion. Topic ideas could include: Capital Punishment as a Deterrent to Crime, The Effects of Incentive-Based Pay, The Effects of Economics and the Crime Rate and The Effects of De-Clawing Cats.
Descriptive essays rely on effective use of sensual and visual detail to create a vivid picture of a person, place, object, experience or emotion. Descriptive essay topic ideas could include: Who is The Most Influential Person in Your Life, What is Your Favorite Place, Describe your Most Terrifying Experience, Describe your Favorite Fictional Character and Describe How You Learned the Skill You Are Most Proud Of.
A narrative essay is often written as a story, with a plot, characters, dialogue and climax and is almost always the personal recollection of the writer. Narrative essay topics could include Growing up in the 1970s (or a different era) in the Midwest, Overcoming Grief, Getting that First Job (or interview), Taking a Driver's Exam, Lost in the Woods (or anywhere else), Negotiating for Your First Car or just about anything that is important to you.
Expository essays follow the format of presenting a topic, presenting a thesis statement, developing a topic through an analysis of various viewpoints followed by the conclusion, which supports the thesis statement based on the discussion of the topic. History, Business, Sociology and Health are broad areas in which you can find many topics. Topics such as Listing Three Factors that Led to the Vietnam War (or any other war), Characteristics of Effective Teachers, The Effects of Social Economics on the Wealth of the Average American, The Importance of Learning Geometry (or anything else) and The Negative Effects of a Low-Fiber Diet are some ideas.
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