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Finding persuasive essay topics for 6th graders

One of the new writing techniques that you or your child will learn in sixth grade is how to write a persuasive essay. Persuasive essays are written to teach the student how to determine a controversial issue, make their stand on the issues, and persuade their audience to believe that stand. Determining a topic is important because it has to be something that your sixth grader has an opinion on. To help them find a topic, you can give them a few suggestions and have them pick one that they feel strongly about.

When determining a topic for a persuasive paper, there are a few things you may want to think about. The best topics for persuasive essays are ones on argumentative ideas. This will include issues that there really isn’t a right or wrong answer too. The more controversial the issue, the more information you will be able to find on the issue to support both sides of the argument.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  1. School uniforms: Should school uniforms be worn in school? This is a good issue to write about because it will discuss how the use of uniforms will make individuals who can’t afford fancy clothes be treated on their personality instead of their clothing. You can also discuss how making students wear uniforms takes away their freedom of choice and their individuality.
  2. Cats or Dogs: Which is the better pet? Which is easier to take care of?
  3. Favorites: Promote your favorite book, television show, or candy bar.
  4. Homework: Is homework necessary? Should you get more homework? Should you get less homework?
  5. Sports in school: Should students play sports in school? Are sports good for students academically?
  6. Reading: Is reading important? Is reading a waste of time? Do children who read more get better grades? If you understand a topic, should you still read your textbook about it?

Choose one of these topics or come up with your own and get writing. Now that you have your topic, the next step is to create your outline. An outline will help you keep organized and will help you develop a strong thesis. Create an outline listing three main reasons why you support your side of the issue. For example, if you chose to write about whether dogs or cats make a better pet and you chose dogs, write three main reasons why you think that dogs are better.