Debate Research Paper Topics

  • I like DDLC and Monika is my Waifu 4 weeks ago

    I like this

  • aidan 7 weeks ago

    can you add topics about pitching

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Hi Ryan--I'll add some! Good idea! My students are mostly between 18-22, but many students writing argument essays are older.

  • Ryan 4 months ago

    I love your articles, they are really helpful to me.

    Virginia, Could you help me think of an argumentative topic about retirement age? I do not know how to write about it!

    THANK YOU

  • bill 4 months ago

    wow thanks virginia, this really helped me out!!!!

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Hi Stephen-I have several articles that tell you all of the steps you need to know for writing your argument paper. Just look at my profile or look at the articles linked to the side.

  • Stephen 4 months ago

    Ammmm can u tell me how or what to do after I chose a topic like getting info.

  • I LOVE RESEARCH 4 months ago

    wow, quite impressive. keep up the good work!! :)))))))))))

  • marisol 4 months ago

    this really helped me

  • aziza 4 months ago

    I would like to thank you so so much for these great topics.

  • Shaleeta 6 months ago

    This is a great resource. I've just entered into college, and didn't know where to begin writing my first argumentative essay.

    Thanks so much - voted up :)

  • Kennedy 6 months ago

    Do you know or have you written of anything to do with the argumentative essay of "should smoking be banned" because I have to do essays with research and I need some reliable sites

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Hi Aashi! I'm glad that younger students are finding my work too. Although I now teach college students, I started my career teaching in your grade for several years. I will have to put together some topics for primary grade students. Until then, you might want to look at my High School Topics, which have many ideas which are good for your age too.

  • Aashi 6 months ago

    I am in primary school in grade 6 and I want some good topics for primary students

  • Badass 8 months ago

    Good job making this page

  • Thea 8 months ago

    I don't know what to do at first. I was clueless and was browsing for answers but none of them made sense except for this. Thank you very much!

  • love 9 months ago

    I think the ideas are wonderful and are very helpful!

  • Beth 9 months ago

    I am a Junior in high school and I have to write an argumentative paper. Your insight on how to do so has been extremely helpful. I wanted to thank you for your intelligence on how to write an argumentative paper.

  • Ocean 10 months ago

    Thanks! This website was very useful for picking out a topic for my essay. Again, thank you for helping me out!

  • King of Stuff 13 months ago

    I find this website very interesting and helpful. Thank you for making it! Your tips on writing essays is really helping me out.

    Thanks!

  • Mr. fluffypants 13 months ago

    I love this article. You have helped me with my school essay. Thank you!

  • letter pile 13 months ago

    I LOVE this website!!!! Thank you so much for writing it! It has helped me so much!

  • Virginia Kearney 14 months agofrom United States

    Hi Nataly! You are welcome to shift the focus of the questions to whether governments should take action. My questions and topic ideas are just a starting point. I teach my students that there are a variety of ways to solve problems and one of those is by having governments or larger groups take action. However, I want my students to focus more on how they and their audience can personally take responsibility and action, so often my questions are more locally written. In my class, I focus on having my students address a very particular audience in their persuasive essays because effective arguments come from really thinking carefully about the viewpoint of the other person and developing points that would persuade that person. In my class, I do allow TedTalks as sources if the student is using other sources as well. However, I don't think all professors do accept that type of source. Most people who do TedTalks have written out their arguments in papers or books, so I'd suggest you research to see if there is an online paper you can cite as well.

  • Nataly 14 months ago

    Hello, Virginia!

    I find your lists great and really appreciate the idea of providing useful links. Still, I would rather shift the focus of some questions so that they ask students to think more globally, from the point of view of the state and the society. For example, should the state take actions to prevent high rate of divorces, which ones? Are people in developed states responsible for providing water and food to the starving people around the globe?, etc. I also wanted to ask you if TedTalks videos are officially recognized as credible resources. Have you ever heard of any cases when professors forbid to use it? Thank you for a good work!

  • Hulya Gulyurt 15 months ago

    This helped me so much with my homework, thank you!

  • Abdul 15 months ago

    Great Efforts ...Well done

  • kk 15 months ago

    i am a kid

  • vashan 17 months ago

    should guns be allowed on school campus

  • Virginia Kearney 19 months agofrom United States

    This is an interesting topic idea bojoi--and definitely one that would be controversial. I'd love to hear how you would develop your thesis.

  • preetyradd 20 months ago

    i think this is cool i got a good grade on my essay thanks

  • Kanwal asif 20 months ago

    Thank u so much God bless u

  • Virginia Kearney 22 months agofrom United States

    Glad this will help you three keys!

  • Threekeys 23 months agofrom Australia

    Hi Virginia

    Im about to try out your suggestions in this great article. Im excited to see what the outcome will be in how I take a more pointed or comprehensive approach in a "written debate" so to speak. Thanks so much!

  • djazira k 2 years ago

    Thank you it is really helpful.

  • kamila 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for the topics

  • Trisha Roberts 3 years agofrom Rensselaer, New York

    Love the great ideas! Absolutely love the list you shared with us. Thank you so much for this Article!

  • Kalai 3 years agofrom Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

    Sometimes i find that the most easy or obvious topic the hardest to argue about. The less the words the greater the headache. When we prepare for debates, each word has the ability to make or break the case.

  • Rae Saylor 4 years agofrom Australia

    What an interesting range of ideas and tips! Massive thanks for writing this, pal! Voted up :)

  • Eiddwen 4 years agofrom Wales

    A great hub Victoria ;thanks for sharing and I vote up.

    Eddy.

  • Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    This is very useful to those who must teach essay writing (and to those who must write them). I know I will be using this next time I teach English Comp. Voted up++

  • ExpectGreatThings 4 years agofrom Illinois

    Wow! This is a very impressive list and great instructions. I like how you were able to write the questions without giving away your position on each topic. - Ginger

  • Eric Dierker 4 years agofrom Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very interesting. Fun ideas and great food for thought.

  • You’ve spent quite a bit of time in your English classes writing argumentative essays. You’ve even gotten pretty good at writing on the topics your instructor assigns. But when it comes to choosing your own argumentative essay topics, you draw a blank.

    It’s not that there aren’t any good topics to choose from. It’s that you start over-thinking it, wondering if each topic is too cliche, overdone, or just not good enough.

    Chances are, all you need to do is relax and find a topic you’re passionate about and, of course, one that’s debatable.

    Why Pick Debatable Argumentative Essay Topics?

    The name of the essay says it all—argumentative. It would be a lot easier to write an essay on something that people generally agree on, certainly. But that’s not really the point of an argumentative essay.

    It’s important to choose debatable argumentative essay topics. You need opposing points that you can counter with your own points.

    The world isn’t black and white—there are a lot of gray areas. This is good because it means there are a lot of topics you can choose from.

    I’ve listed 70 argumentative essay topics below, phrased as questions, to help get you started. I’ve separated the topics into five categories—legal, moral, social, media, and family. And I’ve even included a helpful link for each topic.

    Feel free to use the topics for your own essay or as inspiration to create your own original topic.

    14 Legal Argumentative Essay Topics

    Argumentative essay topics about legal matters are a popular choice. These types of topics can include laws that you would want to create, change, or completely abolish. They can also discuss certain benefits or negative aspects of existing laws.

    You don’t have to get super technical with legal argumentative essays. But you do need to do your research on what the current laws about your chosen topic actually say.

    After all, you don’t want to suggest a changing a law that’s already been changed in the way you want.

    1. Should cigarettes and other tobacco products be outlawed?
    2. Should prostitution be legal?
    3. Do the benefits of medical marijuana justify its legality?
    4. Is the drinking age appropriate (should it be lower, higher, or stay the same)?
    5. Should nuclear weapons be outlawed worldwide?
    6. Should the United States put more restrictions on gun ownership and use?
    7. At what age should girls have access to birth control without the consent of their parents?
    8. Should cellphone use be banned while driving?
    9. Does outlawing controlled substances only create a larger black market?
    10. Should corporations be granted personhood?
    11. Should juveniles be sentenced to life in prison?
    12. In what situations, if any, does a woman have a right to an abortion?
    13. Should restaurants be required to include calories on all menu items?
    14. Should an added tax be placed on sugary drinks, such as sodas?

    14 Moral Argumentative Essay Topics

    Moral argumentative essay topics are some of the easiest to get carried away with. They can cover a variety of moral dilemmas, from animal testing to the death penalty.

    These topics tend to be very debatable because people have different opinions—and justifications for those opinions—on what they think is right or wrong.

    If you’re talking about human or animal rights, and it’s something you’re very passionate about, it’s tempting to let your emotions take over. While it’s good to be passionate in an argumentative essay, remember to keep your thoughts focused and organized.

    It’s definitely worth your time to create an outline. It helps ensure you don’t stray off topic. If you need help crafting an outline, review these two resources:

    1. Is animal testing necessary?
    2. Should consumers buy items from countries that endorse child labor?
    3. Do patients have a right to die via physician-assisted suicide?
    4. Should children’s beauty pageants be banned?
    5. Are nude photographs appropriate in museums that are open to the public?
    6. Should schools and businesses give more incentives for people to do volunteer work?
    7. Are atheists less moral than theists?
    8. Does freedom of speech give people the right to use hate speech?
    9. Do people who commit heinous crimes deserve the death penalty?
    10. Do pre-employment drug tests infringe on personal privacy rights?
    11. Should employees be able to have visible tattoos in the workplace?
    12. Are cameras in public places an invasion of privacy?
    13. Should teens be allowed to have cosmetic surgery?
    14. Should Dreamers be allowed to stay in the United States?

    14 Social Argumentative Essay Topics

    Social argumentative essay topics tend to overlap with legal and moral topics. But argumentative topics deal more about how individuals act within society and what kinds of pressures society puts on individuals or groups of people.

    This is a pretty broad category. There are a lot of topics to choose from and even more that you could create on your own. If you get stuck on which topic to write about, consider something that personally affects you or someone close to you.

    This should make writing about that topic come more naturally. Just be sure to rely on facts and not on personal anecdotes. Such anecdotes are more appropriate to the narrative essay realm.

    Remember, even though you may be writing about something that affects you personally, the argument essay isn’t usually the place for first person point of view. Most argumentative research papers require you to use third person.

    1. Is there too much pressure on teenagers to go to college?
    2. At what age should citizens be allowed to vote in the United States?
    3. Should more rights be given to immigrants?
    4. Can heterosexual men and women truly be friends with no hopes or expectations of anything more?
    5. In what case(s) could it be considered fair for a company to not hire a candidate who smokes cigarettes?
    6. Should the United States make English the official national language?
    7. Should women wear less-revealing clothing in order to curb men’s catcalling?
    8. Do prisoners deserve the right to vote?
    9. Should there be a legal curfew for minors?
    10. Can online dating replace meeting a person in real life?
    11. Does social media create isolation?
    12. Should welfare recipients be required to submit to drug tests?
    13. Should adoptive parents be given some form of maternity leave?
    14. Can video games be a useful learning tool?

    14 Advertising and Media Argumentative Essay Topics

    Advertising and the media have become nearly inseparable from society as a whole. Essays written on these topics can include various angles.

    For instance, you could look at how media (television, news, movies, magazines, social media, etc.) affects society. But you could also look at what should be allowed to be seen or heard through media and advertisements.

    Inspiration to create your own advertising or media argumentative essay topics isn’t hard to find. Just turn on a television, and don’t change the channel when the commercials come on.

    Pay close attention to all things electronic. You’ll be sure to find something debatable about what you see.

    1. Should sex be allowed to be portrayed on prime time television?
    2. Where should networks draw the line for violence on television?
    3. Should news shows talk about celebrities?
    4. Do journalists have a duty to eliminate as much bias as possible?
    5. Is it acceptable for companies to advertise in schools?
    6. In what situations should advertisements for alcohol and tobacco products be allowed?
    7. Should warnings and side effects be made more clear in advertisements?
    8. Is print advertising obsolete?
    9. Do TV shows and movies have the responsibility of being more diverse?
    10. Are public service announcements effective?
    11. Do photoshopped images affect self-image and self-esteem?
    12. Do reality shows, such as Teen Mom, glorify teen pregnancy?
    13. Does the media create unrealistic expectations of relationships and marriage?
    14. Does the media attempt to create hype to influence or scare the public?

    14 Family Argumentative Essay Topics

    Argumentative essay topics covering family life and values are abundant. That’s because every family is different. Rules in families vary on a case-by-case basis, contrary to laws that govern a state or nation.

    Because each family is different, it’s hard to generalize in this type of essay.

    However, there’s a ton of research on child development and psychology, marital psychology, and personal stories from parents and their children. You can get enough information to make an argument for any of the topics below (or for a topic of your own).

    Not sure where to find sources? Check out 5 Best Sources to Help With Writing a Research Paper.

    1. At what age should parents talk to their children about sex?
    2. Do children deserve/need an allowance?
    3. Is it okay for parents to monitor teens’ Internet use?
    4. Should parents be able to spank their children?
    5. Is it acceptable for women to breastfeed in public?
    6. Should parenting classes be compulsory?
    7. Should parents push their kids into extracurricular activities, such as music or sports?
    8. Are children’s rooms really theirs, or do the rooms “belong” to parents’?
    9. Should single people be able to adopt children as easily as couples?
    10. Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt children as easily as heterosexual couples?
    11. Which parenting style is most effective?
    12. Should parents pay children for good grades?
    13. How does helicopter parenting harm (or help) kids?
    14. At what age should children be allowed to have a cellphone?

    Final Thoughts on Choosing Argumentative Essay Topics

    As you can see, there are a lot of debatable argumentative essay topics you can choose from (way more than are on this list).

    For more ideas, read these posts:

    Need to narrow down a broad topic into something more manageable? Read How to Narrow a Topic and Write a Focused Paper.

    And if you’d like a few more argument essay tips, take a look these posts:

    Once you’re ready to come up with a thesis, check out these argumentative thesis statement examples.

    Not sure what a completed argument essay should look like? Read 2 Argumentative Essay Examples With a Fighting Chance.

    When picking your topic, keep in mind that it’s much easier to write about something that you already have interest in. In fact, that’s true even if you don’t know a whole lot about it. Researching the topic will allow you to learn more about what fascinates you.

    And if you pick something you actually like, writing the essay will be more enjoyable.

    If you’ve wrapped up your argument but think there may be a few holes in your logic, send your essay over to the Kibin editors. They’ll help give you the winning edge in whatever you’re debating.

    Good luck!

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