Fifteen Great Argumentative Essay Topics For Middle Schools Students
An argumentative essay is a type of academic papers that students write in the middle school. This type of a paper teaches students how to take a position and defend it using good arguments and evidence. Often, topics for argumentative papers are related to the particular subjects, but sometimes students are free to choose almost any topic they want. This article contains a list of interesting topics that middle school students may pick to write their argumentative papers.
- The school calendar should be longer so that students could learn more.
- Modern technologies rather distract us from serious matters than help us.
- Current pop music won’t stand the test of time and will be soon forgotten.
- Women are better at finding compromises and collaborating with others.
- Some youth sports are too dangerous for players to be played at schools.
- National security is more important than the privacy of an individual person.
- Children should be able to dress up like they want.
- Schools should have healthier food for students.
- Couples should live at least half a year together before the marriage.
- The government should give more funds on scientific research.
- You may become a successful person without having a good education.
- Little children shouldn’t be given mobile phones and other electronic devices.
- Particular video games can be considered as pieces of art.
- Plenty of rape victims provoke their rapists by their behavior and appearance.
- Leaders of large corporations and countries treat people like resources.
These are decent topics that you may choose to write an interesting argumentative essay and earn an excellent grade for your work. However, a good topic isn’t enough for your paper to be persuasive. The key elements of good argumentative essays are their actual arguments. Many students fail to present good arguments because they come up with them in a wrong way. To create decent arguments, you should do plenty of research on your topic. Only when you know all the details, you’ll be able to take a determined position and come up with ideas to support it.
Here are some tips on how to do your research for an argumentative essay:
- Find books written by respected specialists related to your topic. You may consult your teacher on this matter or go to the school library.
- Use the Internet to find interesting articles and other information.
- Conduct interviews with specialists on your topic to use their opinions as support for your arguments.
When I started my first job as a professional newspaper reporter (This job also served as an internship during my junior year in college — I just didn’t leave for about 6 years.), I quickly realized that all my experience, and all my years of journalism education had not been enough to help me write stories about drug busts, fatal car accidents and tornadoes. All the theoretical work I’d done, and all of the nifty little scholastic and collegiate stories I had done, did not prepare me for real world writing.
At that point, I had to find a solution quickly. After all, I had a deadline to meet, and it was only a few hours away.
One of my colleagues, who also served as a mentor, had the solution. She introduced me to the newspaper’s “morgue.” This was a room filled with filing cabinets in which we kept old — dead — stories arranged by reporter. Whenever I wasn’t’ sure how to write a story, all I had to do was check the morgue for similar stories. If I needed to write a story about a local drug bust, for example, I’d find another story on a similar incident, study its structure, and mentally create a formula in which to plugin the information I’d gathered.
Once I’d gained more experience, and had internalized the formula for that particular type of story, I felt free to branch out as the situation — and my training — warranted.
I do the same thing when I want to write a type of letter, brochure, or report that I’ve never written before.
This is what writing looks like in the real world.
Research by “Write Like This” author Kelly Gallagher indicates that if we want students to grow as writers, we need to provide them with good writing to read, study, and emulate. My personal experience backs this up, as does the old adage “all writing is rewriting,” oft quoted by everyone from LA screenwriters to New York Times bestselling authors.
Of course, if you’re a new teacher like me, there is one problem with providing mentor texts to my students: I have a dearth of middle school level writing sitting around in my file cabinets.
Fortunately, the Internet is full of sources, so I scoured the bowels of Google to find examples. I know how busy you are, so I’m sharing.
Expository writing examples for middle school
Below are several sources of expository writing samples for middle school students.
Finally, here is an article in the New York Times that will help you teach your students real-world expository writing skills.
Descriptive writing examples for middle school
Narrative writing examples for middle school
Argumentative/persuasive writing examples for middle school
Reflective writing examples for middle school
If you know of any other online writing example sources, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.
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