Argumentative essays tend to require a little more research and logic than their cousin, the persuasive essay—but your middle school students will enjoy the opportunity to argue convincingly to readers all the same. And more importantly, as they research their papers, gather evidence, and form their positions and arguments, they’ll be learning and practicing a number of important writing and critical thinking skills.
With these 33 new argumentative essay topics for middle school students, you can help your students learn more about what makes a good argument and how to evaluate and decipher so-called “evidence.” As they explore topics like the ways in which schools handle bullying and whether or not the Pledge of Allegiance should be required in schools, they’ll have the chance to see how biased some sources may be—and how those sources can be construed to support a particular side of an argument. Whether students choose to argue for or against a given topic, you can be sure they’ll learn plenty about the components of an excellent argument either way!
Use these argumentative essay topics to teach your middle-schoolers all about the process of delivering well-researched, evidence-based arguments to their peers.
33 Argumentative Essay Topics for Middle School Students
- Do people have a right to Internet access?
- Do violent video games make people more likely to be violent in real life?
- Is it ever fair for minorities to receive special treatment or consideration?
- Does the average American have a healthy diet?
- Should students have a greater say in what they learn?
- Do girls or boys face more societal pressure—or do they face equal amounts?
- Do schools do enough to prevent bullying?
- Does reality television accurately depict real life?
- Does nature or nurture play a bigger role in who we are?
- Do athletes, celebrities, and CEOs deserve to make more money than the average person?
- Is arts education as important as other types of curriculum?
- What is the greatest challenge today’s students face?
- What responsibilities do people have to help one another out?
- What one thing should all households be doing to conserve energy?
- Is Common Core good for students?
- Does pop culture have value?
- Should parents monitor their children’s Internet usage?
- When it comes to government monitoring, which is more important—individual privacy or national security?
- How does the location someone grows up in affect who they become?
- Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited (or required) in schools?
- Should official forms and documents have more than two options available when asking about gender?
- Do participation trophies have value, or do they undervalue the achievements of the winners?
- Should children have restricted limits on the amount of screen time they can have?
- Is climate change real, and is it happening?
- What types of responsibilities does a government have to take care of its citizens?
- Knowing what we know about the dangers of smoking, should cigarettes be outlawed?
- Should students be required to learn a second language in school?
- What issue should lawmakers be most concerned about?
- Should Photoshopped magazine covers be banned?
- Should religion be kept out of politics or brought into it?
- Do celebrities have a right to privacy or do they forfeit some of that right by choosing to live in the public eye?
- Should peanut products and other common allergens be kept out of schools?
- Is it immoral to download copyrighted content illegally—or is it something that is a violation of the law, but not an issue of ethics?
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