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Good 8th Grade Persuasive Essays

5 Fresh 8th Grade Persuasive Essay Topics

Finding a fresh topic for a persuasive essay can be challenging. It may seem that all possible subjects have already been discussed in full detail, but there is still a way to stand out with your paper if you pay attention to the recent trends in the world around us.

Below, there are five generic examples of fresh persuasive essay topics. All are simple and “adult” enough for 8th grade students. You can use any of the bullet points as a starting point for your argument, or do your own research to pick another interesting question related to this topic.

Digital Technology in School Education

  1. Should we totally replace print textbooks with their digital analogues?
  2. Should schools provide free tablets and laptops for students to use in the classroom?
  3. Should teachers follow their students on Facebook?
  4. Are computer labs obsolete in schools today?
  5. Should the use of mobile devices in classes be banned?

Recent Advancements in Teenage Brain Research

  1. Does intelligence depend more on environmental factors than on genetics?
  2. Should your teachers give more consideration to the peculiarities of the teenage brain when planning their courses?
  3. Can computer games facilitate teenage brain development?
  4. Can overuse of the Internet cause problems with academic studies?
  5. Is it good to start school at a later age than we do today?

Student Safety Online

  1. Is there a completely safe way to use Facebook and other social media?
  2. Should school computers have an internet filter?
  3. Should cyber bullies be punished by school authorities? Does it contradict the First Amendment that guarantees every person’s freedom of speech?
  4. Should parents control the behaviors of their teenage sons or daughters on the Web?
  5. Can you prevent people from posting videos or other information about you without your permission?

Controversial Issues in School

  1. Should a principal allow a controversial music group to perform at a school dance if the majority of students want it?
  2. Is it good to prohibit wearing T-shirts with controversial writing in school?
  3. Should baked products be excluded from your school lunch menu?
  4. Should students be given more food choices on the lunch menu?
  5. Should any kinds of extreme sports be offered in schools?

Cold Water Challenge

  1. Do teenagers need permission from their parents to participate in Cold Water Challenge?
  2. If you were challenged, is it better to accept it or simply donate to the cause?
  3. Should those who accept the challenge be criticized for using it as an opportunity to self-promote?
  4. Should possible adverse effects to your health stop you from participating?

20 Argumentative Essay Topics For Middle School


An argumentative essay is designed to explain to your reader information about one side of an argument. It is a lot like a persuasive essay because the idea is to explain one side of an issue but the idea is to present the facts without your opinion involved. A persuasive essay would display personal opinions. So for an argumentative essay simply state which side of the issue you believe in and then give your reasoning as to why you believe it.

There are some great topics to consider when choosing a topic for your argumentative essay. You would choose a topic that interests you. Once you have the topic, answer the question and then support your answer with at least three reasons why you believe it. For example, if you take the first option on the list, you can write that sports should not be coed and then tell your reader three reasons why it shouldn’t be coed.

  1. Should sports be coed?
  2. Should schools sell fast food?
  3. Should students wear school uniforms?
  4. Should there be harsher punishments for bullying?
  5. Is it fair to ban preteenagers and teenagers from the mall without adult supervision?
  6. Should there be less homework?
  7. When are you old enough to stay home alone?
  8. Should middle school students still have a bed time?
  9. Does summer school benefit the student?
  10. How would you change the school lunch menu?
  11. Should school sports be mandatory?
  12. Do kids watch too much television?
  13. Should kids have chores?
  14. Should you have to wear your seat belt on the bus?
  15. Should students who play sports still have to take Gym class?
  16. Should children be more concerned with what they eat so that they don’t have health problems when they get older?
  17. Should you get a larger allowance?
  18. Should school be year round with more breaks to improve education?
  19. Do violent games and television shows make kids violent?
  20. Should your school have a school newspaper?

Any one of these topics would work well. They are designed to establish a question pertaining to a conflicted view and then challenge yourself to prove your stance. Therefore, you would tell your side of the dispute and then for each body paragraph talk about a different reason why you believe it.

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