Are you needing ideas for an argumentative speech topic? Have you been assigned to write a persuasive essay and are clueless on what to write about? Just needing some topic ideas? Want to choose a intriguing theme? Here are a few interesting topics for an argumentative or persuasive essay topic.
If you are needing some additional ideas, please check out “Argumentative Essay and Speech Topics for High School Students.” You might also take a look at “Unique Persuasive Essay / Speech Topic Ideas.”
Argumentative / Persuasive Essay Topic #1: Should severely disabled parents be allowed to visit their children?
This is a sensitive, but important topic. You can discuss if parents with severe disabilities should be allowed to visit and spend time with their children. You might argue that, yes, they should because it is a human right and every child needs to know their mother.
A good case to mention is the Abbie Dorn case. Abbie Cohen Dorn was once a pretty, athletic chiropractor hoping to be a mom. She got her wish and became pregnant with triplets. However, during the delivery, there were severe complications and she became paralyzed. Her husband, Don Dorn, chose to divorce her and (as of April 2010) is refusing to allow her triplets to meet, and interact with their mother.
Read “One Mom’s Thoughts on the Abbie Dorn Case: Is Dan Dorn’s Behavior Inethical?” for some more insight. There are links to some news articles on the case. You might also check out “An Open Letter to Dan Dorn, Ex-Husband of Abbie Cohen Dorn”.
Argumentative / Persuasive Essay Topic #2: Should newspapers be allowed to cite online blogs as legitimate news sources?
This topic is a unique one. You might present several cases (such as the rumors about Sarah Palin’s daughter being the biological mother of her son, Trig) where journalists cited blogs as sources, but the information proved to be incorrect.
This one will take some more research and time, but is definitely a great topic. You can argue that, no, they shouldn’t because the anonymity increases the chance of false information.
Argumentative / Persuasive Essay Topic #3: Should the children of illegal immigrants be granted American citizenship?
This is a topic that many people are passionate about. Children of illegal immigrants, who were not born in the US, spend most of their lives in America. However, many are unable to become American citizens. You might research the Dream act. Read this blog here some more insight on this issue.
Argumentative / Persuasive Essay Topic #4: Should schools be allowed to have vending machines with unhealthy and fattening snacks?
This topics will discuss some of the cons of having vending machines in schools with chips, cookies and other unhealthy snacks. One idea is to ask a local nutritionist for a professional quote. You can discuss how it can contribute to childhood obesity. If you are for it, you can argue that the machines are fundraisers for the school,
Argumentative / Persuasive Essay Topic #5: Should parents be allowed to smoke around children?
This topic will argue whether or not it is harmful to smoke around children. If you argue against it, you might search for articles that discuss the dangers of second-hand smoking, how it is related to asthma and more.
These are just five topics for an argumentative speech or essay. For more suggestions be sure to read “Argumentative Essay and Speech Topics for High School Students.” You might also take a look at “Unique Persuasive Essay / Speech Topic Ideas.” Happy Writing!