In order for something to be a good persuasive essay topic, it has to be an arguable issue. If it can be proven or is a fact everyone agrees on, it is not a good topic. So look for issues that people can debate. Most argument essay ideas fall into one of five categories
Definition: What is the real meaning of something. (example: What is the true meaning of Beauty, Truth, or Success)
Fact: What really happened? Or what is the truth? (example: Computers change the way people think)
Cause/Effect: What caused this to happen? or What effect did that have? ( example: Texting and cell phone use have caused young people to be less able to concentrate. Or you could argue that it has caused them to be able to handle multitasking more effectively and efficiently).
Policy: What should we do? (example: Schools should replace textbooks with e-books and iPad apps).
Value: What is important? (example: Texting and email is not as good as talking face to face).
Example Thesis Question: Say you are a student who has studied abroad and you think that is a great idea for other students. So you pick the question: Is studying abroad good for students?
Thesis Answer: Studying abroad is a great idea for college students because it gives them a better education and helps them in their career.
Why? (These are your three main topic sentences for the Body of Your Paper)
- Students who study abroad get to know more about the world and other cultures.
- Studying abroad makes students more independent and teaches them to solve problems.
- Employers like to hire students who study abroad because they know they are adaptable and mature.
Examples and Research: You can write about your own experience, interview fellow students who have studied abroad, talk with the study abroad coordinator at your school and look up some statistics about students who study abroad and how they get a better career. If you need additional research you can look for some academic studies that discuss the benefits of studying abroad.
Introduction and Conclusion: Start with your own story about studying abroad. Conclude with some of the things you've taken away from the experience.