Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.
This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)
So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race, please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge.
What’s your favorite question on this list? What questions should we ask, but haven’t yet? Tell us in the comments.
And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.
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There are times when you are asked to deliver a persuasive speech within a short period of time. In such instances, you don’t want to go with topics that require a lot of research and preparation. At the same time, a persuasive speech has to make an impact on the audience and prompt them to take action.These easy persuasive speech topics can be prepared and delivered in a short span of time. Pick a topic and wow your audience by taking your stand – for or against.
A List of 50 Easy Persuasive Speech Topics
- Single-sex public schools better than co-ed schools?
- New drivers test for every automobile driver every three years.
- The three-day weekend by law.
- All health professionals tested for HIV infections and AIDS annually.
- All owners of firearms should register their weapons with the police.
- Death penalty should not be imposed on juveniles.
- Death penalty for drug dealers distributing large quantities of drugs.
- Use the military to curb drug smuggling in the U.S.
- All American citizens should complete a year of community service.
- Textbooks should be replaced by Notebook computers?
- Teenage girls should not be given birth control pills without their parents’ permission.
- The need for free public Wi-Fi.
- Teachers should pass a basic skills test every few years to renew their certification.
- Tougher federal restriction for Internet content.
- Students committing cyber bullying should be expelled from school.
- Does the paparazzi help or hinder the purpose of free press.
- The problem of hazing on university campuses.
- Are humans responsible for beating and bullying Pit Bulls into becoming monsters.
- Is the best way to fight obesity is to make the grades in gym affect the student’s grade point averages?
- Music with curse words at school dances.
- Students listening to MP3 players with headphones at school.
- Keeping exotic animals like tigers and giraffes as pets.
- A bike sharing program in the city.
- Stricter penalties for celebrities breaking the law.
- Usage of booster seats in cars by children.
- Cursing on day-time television.
- Legalize abortions in cases of rape and incest.
- A 9 PM curfew on everyone under the age of 17.
- Execute dogs that have bitten more than one.
- Stricter pollution regulations on automobiles.
- Control on how many children people can have.
- Less aid to low-income people.
- Ban slaughter houses for horses.
- Red-light cameras at every signal.
- Capital punishment is morally and legally wrong.
- America should act now to protect the quality of drinking water.
- Urgent action to deal with environmental problems from disposable batteries.
- Colleges and universities should works better towards controlling campus crime.
- Enrolling in a self-defense course to protect ourselves.
- Using lie detector tests for jobs is a violation of privacy.
- Why every second person needs a dentist.
- A universal health-care program in the country.
- Punishment for downloading music and movies illegally.
- Companies advertising in schools.
- Learning about all world religions in schools.
- A two-child max rule for families to control population growth.
- Usage of a hands-free device while driving.
- People on welfare to have drug testing.
- The President should be limited to a six-year term.
- Acupuncture is a valid medical technique.
These topics may be easy but the mental give and take between the speaker and the audience has to be maintained, and this depends on how your speech is prepared and presented.