Good Topics for Argumentative Essays

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Good Topics for Argumentative Essays
Many speeches are a form of argumentative essay. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Argumentative essays argue a particular point of view, typically about a controversial subject. Writers should begin the process by brainstorming, then outlining the material and finally writing the essay. To help make the viewpoint more believable, writers often use government research, data and statistics as well as information found in the news media. Newspaper editorials are often good examples of argumentative essays.


Argumentative essays about health can include issues regarding patient care and the proposed government health care system. In topics about patient care, essays can focus on arguing for or against topics such as physician assisted suicide, birth selection, stem cell research and abortion. Topics about the proposed government run health care system can argue how it will overload out the current system, cause a doctor shortage and put the country in further debt, or, to the contrary, writers can also argue how the system can handle the influx patients, increase the number of quality medical personnel and save the country money in the long run. To make an argumentative essay about health more engaging, writers can also introduce religious and ethical arguments.

Social Issues

Argumentative essays about social issues can include topics about the war on drugs, homelessness and capital punishment. Essays about the war on drugs can include arguing for more police officers, passing tougher laws and toughening the borders to stop illegal drugs from entering the country. Essays can also argue for more money to fight homelessness via job programs and affordable housing. In topics about capital punishment, students can write essays about how it is inhumane or promotes justice. Students with personal experience about a social issue can gives their essays powerful impact.


Argumentative topics about education can include the types of education children receive as well as funding issues. Topics can include arguing for or against charter schools, homeschooling, online education, smaller class sizes, longer school days (or years) and new school construction. Funding topics can include arguing for government to spend more money on teachers, education per child and tools such as books, computers and athletic fields. Argumentative essays can also include changing the teacher pension and tenure system.


Environmental topics make great argumentative essays because they are often politically charged and highly controversial. Topics can argue the merits (or demerits) of global warming, offshore drilling and eco-friendly energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric. Essays can also argue for better and more regulation regarding endangered species, threatened landscapes or jeopardised water sources. Topics can also focus on arguing for more global measures to protect the environment through funding, governments and public relations programs. Alternatively, writers can argue how increased regulation and laws decrease the number of jobs created or allow America's dependence on foreign oil to continue.

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