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12 Interesting Essay Topics For Middle School Students


Writing a really good essay comes down to a number of factors, one of which is choosing a really topic that gets you to think critically and present an original idea that is backed up with great evidence. It’s not always easy to come up with a good topic on your own, so we’ve created this list of twelve interesting essay topics to help get those creative juices flowing:

  1. There is a large group of people that believe that the violence that comes on television has very negative effects on youth. What do you think about this opinion? What evidence exists to support your argument?
  2. Do you believe there should be stricter laws when it comes to giving elderly people a license to drive? Is it ageism or a kind of discrimination? Is it really just a concern for the health and safety of the drivers, passengers and the public?
  3. Public service or volunteer work is extremely popular in communities. What volunteer work do you think helps the public the most and what work have you done to help in the effort?
  4. There is a massive support for same-sex institutions. What do you think about this and do you see this gaining more momentum? What evidence exists for each side?
  5. Some parents believe that giving their children a weekly or monthly allowance helps them learn about financial responsibilities. But others think that there is no real lesson if the allowance comes automatically without consequence. What do you think?
  6. Do you believe cloning is ethical? Ever since Dolly, the sheep, was cloned there has been an ongoing debate about whether this kind of science is more dangerous than helpful for humans? What is your opinion on this topic?
  7. Simply by taking a look at some people around you will show that there are a lot of people who are passionate about certain causes? Is there a cause that gets you fired up that you passionately support it?
  8. Did you know that the average person watches six hours of television every single day? How much do you watch and is the time considered wasted if you aren’t doing anything productive or learning?
  9. If your school were to try to save money by cancelling things like social events or school trips in order to buy new supplies, would you support it? What other solution would you present as an alternative?
  10. Do you believe it is ethical for people to research or experiment with animals before a product is released to the general public? If not with animals then what alternatives can you present? What about experimenting on violent prisoners?
  11. Which subjects have the biggest promising and importance in education? For instance, are the arts truly important in this age of technology?
  12. Do you think it’s fair that people are allowed to fight a war at the age of 18 but not vote for a few years?