Persuasive Essay

Topic Ideas, Using KYVL, and Citing Sources

8th Grade Persuasive Essay

You are getting ready to begin one of the biggest writing pieces you will complete in Middle School. Hopefully, this flyer will help get to get jump started.

Topic Ideas

  • Gun Control
  • Obesity Epidemic
  • School Uniforms
  • Media's impact on self image
  • Should athletes be paid to play in college?
  • Computers versus Textbooks
  • Legalization of marijuana
  • Cell phones in schools
  • Iraqi War
  • Bullying
  • Brent Spence Bridge Tolls
  • Recycling
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Renewable Resources like wind turbines, using the oceans for power, solar energy
  • Sports Concussions
  • Football helmets
  • Cyberbullying
  • Should kids under the age of 13 be allowed to have a Facebook account? Animal testing
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Is the government hiding information from the public concerning extraterrestrial beings?
  • Obama’s Gun Control Laws
  • Violent video games—harmful or not
  • Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
  • Should students and teachers be friends on FaceBook?
  • Should school athletes have to do drug testing? Should professional athletes have to do drug testing?
  • Vegetarians
  • Armed guards in schools
  • Fast food
  • E-books—pros or cons
  • I-pads in schools
  • Should Google be able to track our browsing history?
  • Cell phones—which is better—Blackberry, I-phone, or Samsung?
  • Gym classes—mandatory or not?
  • Need for Arts programs in public schools
  • Extreme sports—Are these sports too extreme? Should there be more safety measures in place? Are these athletes endangering themselves?

Links to Websites that May Help You Figure Out a Topic

Pro/Con Debates with Grolier Online Database

Go to KYVL and choose Grolier Online Passport. Then on the right side of the page look for Pro/Con Debates.

Books to Use

There are many more print resources available for your use in the Media Center, but these are just a couple that stuck out in my mind.


Books to Use

E-Books (070.5 E)

Blogging (006.7 Hud)

Should College Athletes Be Paid? (796.04 Sho)

Fats, Sugars, and Empty Calories: The Fast Food Habit (616.3 Lib)

Science and Society: Animal Testing: Issues and Ethics (179 Wat)

Fast Food (362.196 Fas)

Video Games (794.8 Par)

Dress Codes in Schools (371.51 Dre)

Are Cell Phones Dangerous? (615.9 Szu)

Technology 360: Cell Phones (621.3845 Kli)

Technology 360: E-Books (070.5 Mar)

Technology 360: Video Games (794.8 Hil)

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment (617.4 Mcc)

Locating and Saving Credible Resources from the Internet and KYVL

Locating and Saving Credible Resources from the Internet and KYVL