Essay Topics

Choosing an essay topic is the most important part of the writing process. An essay topic needs to have relevance to the audience, but also speak to you as a writer.

If you’re not truly interested in the topic, you won’t be able to dedicate time and effort to it over an extended period of time. When trying to determine an essay topic, brainstorm many ideas, but choose the one that you feel most passionate about.

For a persuasive essay you might consider topics pertaining to student life. You could write about school uniforms, homework loads, or course regulations. You could tackle themes such as tobacco use, curfew bylaws, reasons for recycling, benefits of exercise, or nutrition.

Other topics could address the dangers of energy drinks, lowering the voting age, benefits of sport, helping impoverished nations, or distracted driving laws. Other topics could be about alcohol use, circuses and zoos, or banks/saving strategies.

For argumentative essays you could write about taxation, dieting, media influence, changes that need to be made to the election process, or technology dependence. You could write about parenting techniques, dangers of alcohol, the importance of gay rights, or the problems with tuition costs. You could tackle the issues of animal rights and/or animal testing, or discuss herbal remedies, legalization of marijuana, reasons for vegetarianism, or contraceptives.

In terms of controversial essay topics you could delve into subjects like abortion, the Kyoto Accord, the Keystone Pipeline, the Iraq War, or terrorism in general. You could write about immigration laws, refugee status, capital punishment, media bias or evolution versus creationism. You could take a stand on gay marriage, health care reform, government bailouts, the European Union or the limitations of free speech.

For a compare/contrast essay you could write about family dynamics, child behaviour, acquisition of knowledge, or gender differences. You could compare discipline strategies, social classes, ad campaigns, political views, or government policies.

You could examine the similarities and differences between decades or look into movie phenomena. You could contrast universities, government systems, jobs, educations, writers, or even eating disorders.

For cause/effect essays you could write about bullying, diets, self-esteem, peer pressure, poverty, education, or environmental factors. You could discuss the effects of stress, unemployment, the recession, or the impact of the invention of the Internet. You could write on slavery, world wars, or even the sinking of the Titanic.

With definition essays you want to tackle topics with some depth. These topics could include sexism, faith, racism, privacy, elitism, or maturity. Your essay could be about luck, ethics, censorship, dreams, discipline, abuse, chauvinism, responsibility, innocence, resourcefulness, corruption, or evil.

Narrative essays hold a vast array of topics, from first love to a discovery of faith. Other topics include loss of innocence, a memorable event, a success (or failure), an important life lesson, a “first”, a rebellious act, or an event that altered your perspective. You could write about a time you survived something, a loss/death, a discovery, a person, or a change you’d like to make.

For a descriptive essay you could write about a treasured item, a loved one, a favourite place, a scent, a memory, a dream house, your family, a photo/painting, a book, or the birth of a child. Other topics include nature, a teacher, a sad day, learning to ride a bike, or a something you hate.

With problem/solution essays you have plenty of topics to choose from. You can give advice on pollution, crime, the energy crisis, debt, tests, essay writing, health problems, or Internet spam. You could write on depression, anxiety, peer pressure, writers block, stress, animal behavior, or relationship problems.

An expository essay could explain topics such as leadership, vegetarianism, gluten-free diets, natural selection, menopause, stress, addiction, or sexual attraction. Other topics include stages of pregnancy, chain of command, pack mentality, curfew bylaws, the Greenhouse effect, a particular law, materialism, or noise pollution.

Classification essays could explain types of writing, vegetarianism, diabetes, genders, product brands, literature genres, or dance styles. You could write about religious philosophies, special interest groups, flora/fauna, sports teams, team positions, social networking sites, or post-secondary institutions.