This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest.
So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing._________Social Media and Smartphones1.
It should be a question which can make you almost fight for your view point.
Here’s a collection of interesting and thought-provoking topics. Anyway, you’ll find a topic to sink your teeth into in this list.
Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information.
And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race, please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge. Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies? Does Live Theater Offer Something You Just Can’t Get Watching Movies or TV? What — if Anything — Does the Current Hollywood Film Industry Lack? Why Did a Cheerios Ad Attract So Many Angry Comments Online? quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale"/_________Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times. " class="css-11cwn6f" src="https://static01com/images/2016/01/03/business/3TWEENAPP-LN2/3TWEENAPP-article Large.jpg? quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale" src Set="https://static01com/images/2016/01/03/business/3TWEENAPP-LN2/3TWEENAPP-article Large.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 600w,https://static01com/images/2016/01/03/business/3TWEENAPP-LN2/3TWEENAPP-jumbo.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 1024w,https://static01com/images/2016/01/03/business/3TWEENAPP-LN2/3TWEENAPP-super Jumbo.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 2048w" sizes="((min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1004px)) 84vw, (min-width: 1005px) 60vw, 100vw" item Prop="url" item ID="https://static01com/images/2016/01/03/business/3TWEENAPP-LN2/3TWEENAPP-article Large.jpg? Will Social Media Help or Hurt Your College and Career Goals? So, you just wanted to write a great argumentative essay?Then you should start with choosing a truly interesting topic. Do We Need to Teach Boys and Men to Be More Emotionally Honest? for Men and Boys to Comment on Women and Girls on the Street? What Should We Do to Fight Sexual Violence Against Young Women? Do Sports Teams Have a Responsibility to Hold Players to a Standard for Their Personal Conduct? Should Athletes Who Dope Have to Forfeit Their Titles and Medals? Is It Offensive for Sports Teams to Use Native American Names and Mascots? Do Fans Put Too Much Pressure on Their Favorite Professional Athletes? How Much Should Fans Be Allowed to Distract Opposing Teams? Does a Championship Game Always Need to Have a Winner (and a Loser)?