25 Great Essay topics for Students in 2019

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Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay,  and finally editing and grading them.

It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students.

2019 is the year of the pig according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Pig is traditionally associated with wealth and greed, and these themes can be seen in the essay topics listed below. Alongside these are numerous topics which have strong social and cultural links to events happening this year.

Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics for 2019 that might just make that process a little easier.  Enjoy.  And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.

If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our definitive guide to writing a great essay. 

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  1. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.

  2. Imaginethat your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks. Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.

  3. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?

  4. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?

  5. Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability. Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices?

  6. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?

  7. Is the death penalty effective?

  8. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?

  9. What age is appropriate for dating?

  10. Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your imagination!

  11. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?

  12. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools?

  13. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations?

  14. Should money be spent on space exploration?

  15. Is fashion important?

  16. Are we too dependent on computers?

  17. Ifyou had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional or nonfictional — to a place that is special to you (your hometown or country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us what you would share with that person

  18. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?

  19. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?

  20. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?

  21. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows. Do you agree?

  22. Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your reasons.

  23. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?

  24. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?

  25. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?

Video Lesson:  How to write an effective Essay

20 great persuasive essay topics for students

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Writing an effective persuasive essay demonstrates a range of skills that will be of great use in nearly all aspects of life after school.

In essence, if you can influence a person to change their ideas or thoughts on a given topic though the manner in which you structure your words and thoughts you possess very powerful skill.

Be careful not to rant wildy.  Use facts and other peoples ideas who think similarly to you in your essay to strengthen your concepts.

Your biggest challenge in getting started may well be choosing a suitable persuasive essay topic.  These 25 ideas should make this process a little easier.

If you have any other suggestions please add them below.

  1. WHY ARE WE FASCINATED WITH CELEBRITIES AND WEALTHY PEOPLE ON TELEVISION AND SOCIAL MEDIA?

  2. IS IT RIGHT FOR SCHOOLS TO RAISE MONEY BY SELLING CANDY AND UNHEALTHY FOODS TO STUDENTS?

  3. SHOULD GIRLS BE ALLOWED TO PLAY ON BOYS SPORTING TEAMS?

  4. IS TEACHING HANDWRITING A WASTE OF TIME IN THIS DAY AND AGE?

  5. SHOULD THERE BE FAR GREATER RESTRICTIONS AROUND WHAT CAN BE POSTED ON THE INTERNET?

  6. SHOULD PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES HAVE TO TAKE DRUG TESTS?

  7. ARE TEENAGE PREGNANCY SHOWS A NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE INFLUENCE UPON VIEWERS?

  8. SHOULD GAMBLING BE PROMOTED IN ANY WAY IN SPORTS EVEN THOUGH IT BRINGS IN LARGE AMOUNTS OF REVENUE?

  9. SHOULD SPORTING TEAMS THAT LOSE BE REWARDED BY RECEIVING INCENTIVES SUCH AS HIGH DRAFT PICKS AND / OR FINANCIAL BENEFITS?

  10. SHOULD SHARKS THAT ATTACK PEOPLE BE DESTROYED?

  11. SHOULD WE GET INVOLVED IN FOREIGN CONFLICTS AND ISSUES THAT DON’T DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR COUNTRY?

  12. COULD VIDEO GAMES BE CONSIDERED AS A PROFESSIONAL SPORT?

  13. IF YOU WERE THE LEADER OF YOUR COUNTRY AND HAD A LARGE SURPLUS TO SPEND WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?

  14. WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE CONSIDERED AND TREATED AS AN ADULT.

  15. SHOULD SMOKING BECOME AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY?

  16. SHOULD THE VOTING AGE BE LOWERED?

  17. DOES PROTECTIVE PADDING IN SPORT MAKE IT MORE DANGEROUS?

  18. SHOULD CELL PHONES BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM?

  19. IS TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A WASTE OF TIME?

  20. SHOULD WE TEACH ETIQUETTE IN SCHOOLS?

Common Application Essay Topics for 2014 -2015

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The Common Application Group is a non profit committed to to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process.

Every two years they release a set of essay prompts that can be accessed by prospective students to be submitted alongside a college application to give schools an idea of the quality of candidate they are considering.

This is a great opportunity for senior students to complete a common writing task that may well be useful for them in further education opportunities.

The word limit is capped at 650.  It is very difficult to write an excellent essay with such a short word limit so every word needs to count.

The common prompts for 2014 and 2015 are

These three tips may help you if you are stuck for inspiration.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   

  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

  • Brainstorm some of your favorite memories. Why have these stuck with you? What do they mean to you and what do they say about who you are? Do you see a theme running through them?
  • When writing about these memories, describe them in as much detail as possible. What color was the shirt you were wearing? Was it raining outside? How did you feel? The more you remember the more it means to you.
  • Most importantly, be honest with yourself. Don’t write about what you think the college admissions board wants to hear. Write about something you really feel strongly about. Your passion and true self will shine through. That is what they want to see.

25 Great Christmas Essay topics for Students

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Writing at Christmas is an easier task for students than most other times of the year.  There is a special magic in the air as Christmas draws closer and students are full of emotion and memories associated with Christmas.

Finding inspiration hopefully will be a little easier if you follow these prompts below.  They cover a range of areas of writing.

If you have any Christmas writing prompts to add.  Please contribute to the comments below.

 

Have yourself a persuasive little Christmas.

Christmas is such a special day we should have it twice a year.

Presents are an important part of Christmas.

I can prove to you that there really is a Santa Claus by…

Christmas would be more meaningful if we removed presents.

 

Information Reports about Christmas

A history of Christmas through the ages

Jesus and the first Christmas

Christmas traditions around the globe.

 

Procedural & Descriptive writing tasks for Christmas

The right way to open a Christmas present

How to prepare a special Christmas meal or dish.

How Santa delivers all the presents of the world in a single night.

The best way to decorate a Christmas tree

Describe the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.

What is more special to you?  Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

The perfect Christmas day schedule.

 

Christmas Narratives

The most memorable gift I ever received or gave…

How I saved Christmas.

How I discovered the true meaning of Christmas

How something so worthless meant so much...