Persuasive essay topics for school

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Persuasive essay topics for school
Persuasive essays attempt to change opinions and points of view. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Persuasive essays attempt to convince the reader of a different point of view or change his behaviour about a wide variety of subjects often found on the editorial pages of newspapers. Persuasive essays use facts, figures, government research and statistics in supporting paragraphs to make their case. The best essays often include stories of personal struggles that can inspire, motivate and arouse readers to a new way of thinking.

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Health Care

Persuasive essays can convince readers of their unhealthy behaviours and sway readers on the merits and disadvantages of a government-run health care system.

Persuading people to quit smoking, lose weight, eat healthy at fast food restaurants, cook healthy meals at home, eat fresh vegetables and curb alcohol use are all essay topics where writers can use data and statistics to show the health effects should the behaviour continue.

Writers can also put together a persuasive essay about why the government should run the nation's health care system and include reasons about the better coverage it would provide and the lower cost to Americans. To the contrary, writers can also persuade readers that a government-run system would not work and that it would mean terrible health care and higher taxes.


Persuasive topics about education can focus on issues affecting education as a whole as well as those affecting elementary, middle school, high school and college students. Persuasive essays can address school vouchers, homeschooling, online education, overcrowding, government spending and financing, longer school days and all day kindergarten.

Essays can also include topics about implementing more computer education for children, teaching banking skills to middle school students and allowing high school students to take college level courses. In higher education issues, persuading parents to send their kids to a community college, saving for college and preparing for graduate school all make great essay topics.

Social Issues

Social issues often cross into other disciplines such as politics, ethics and religion, which offer a multitude of topics for a persuasive essay. Persuading people in a number of areas about fighting the war on drugs, limiting abortions, decreasing poverty and convincing people about the seriousness of suicide all allow writers to examine how much government spends on fighting these problems and why the benefits of non-profit resources mean a great deal. Persuasive essays can also address government legislation and its purpose in providing more money and more laws to fight and to put an end to the problem.

Global Policy

Persuasive essays on global policy can examine past and current policy plus concerns to look out for in the future. Persuading readers to look at trade policies with China and India can also focus on economic issues here at home. In addition, writers can examine the changing policy of the Middle East and how the U.S. handled countries such as Iran and Iraq during the past several presidential administrations. Persuasive essays on global policy can also look at environmental concerns such as population control, drilling offshore for oil and the melting polar ice caps. Essays can also focus on the governing bodies of OPEC, NATO and the United Nations and how their decisions affect the global economy and politics in general.

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