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100 Argument or Position Essay Topics with Sample Essays

100 Essay Topics
100 Essay Topics

Types of Argument Topics

For your paper, you will pick an issue to research. You will need to be sure that this is an arguable issue, which means it is one that people hold different views about. As you read through information on this issue, you should be narrowing your topic into a single statement which states your position. This could be a claim of fact, definition, cause, value, or policy.

Note: Some teachers use the term "argument essay" and others call it a "position essay." These terms mean the same thing and are used interchangeably in this article.

Position Topic Ideas about Social Issues

  1. Is there a way to reduce abortions without legislation? (policy)
  2. Does a police officer's racial background make a difference in how they do their job? (value)
  3. Should the racial make-up of a police department be the same as the community they serve? (definition)
  4. How can pro-life and pro-choice groups work together? (values)
  5. Should Barbie be banned? (value)
  6. Should reality T.V. shows have regulations? (policy)
  7. What is true beauty? (definition)
  8. Is video gaming good or bad? (value)
  9. Are beauty contests a positive thing for young girls? (value)
  10. Are participation trophies in athletics a good idea? (policy)
  11. Are overbearing sports parents helpful or harmful? (definition)
  12. Should young children be pushed to compete at athletics? (policy)
  13. Should children have scheduled activities or be left more time for free play? (value)
  14. What is the cause of the increase in child obesity? (cause)
  15. How can we encourage children to be more active? (policy)
  16. Should people on welfare be required to submit to drug testing? (policy)
  17. Why do so many celebrities have terrible life problems? (cause)
  18. Should media coverage be regulated? (policy)
  19. What is the effect of media coverage on elections? (fact)
  20. What is human trafficking? (definition)
  21. How can human trafficking be stopped? (policy)
  22. How do elected female officials differ from elected males? (fact)
  23. How important is it to have equal representation of genders and races in political office? (value)
  24. How can we support the election of more females to political offices? (policy)
  25. How can we get more minorities to become police officers? (policy)
  26. How can the rights of artists and writers be protected on the Internet? (policy)
  27. Why should you pay for your music? (value)
  28. Does religious persecution exist? (fact)
  29. Should people be allowed to make "designer babies?" (value)
  30. What can be done to reduce unemployment among young African American men? (policy)
  31. Should the minimum wage be raised or lowered? (policy)

Social issue topic: Does added sugar in foods cause us to eat too much?
Social issue topic: Does added sugar in foods cause us to eat too much? | Source

Topics on Education

  1. Should we have a national high school exam? (policy)
  2. Is private school tuition (elementary, high school, or college) really worth it? (value)
  3. Does statewide testing (like the TAKS/STAAR test in Texas) really increase student knowledge? (cause)
  4. Should colleges abolish reliance on SAT and ACT scores in admissions? (policy)
  5. How should the country's school system be reformed? (policy)
  6. Should the U.S. adopt an educational system like Europe's? (policy)
  7. What causes students to graduate from high school without basic skills? (cause)
  8. How do American students compare with students from other countries? (fact)
  9. What role should technology play in education? (value)
  10. What is the value of a liberal arts education? (value)
  11. Should students be required to take foreign language courses (or any other type of specific course)?
  12. Does adding days to the school year really improve learning? (fact)
  13. Should schools continue to spend money on fine arts? (value)
  14. How should students whose first language is not English be taught in public schools? (policy)
  15. Should college athletes be paid? (policy)

Is Toddlers and Tiaras Good or Bad? (value)

Technology

  1. Cell phones control our relationships. (definition)
  2. Computers are changing the way humans think. (fact)
  3. Texting and cell phone use has caused young people to be less able to concentrate and focus (or you can do the reverse—has caused them to be able to handle multi-tasking more effectively and efficiently). (cause)
  4. Cell phones have changed the way we relate to each other in positive ways. (value)
  5. Cell phones, texts, and emails are not as good as talking face-to-face. (value)
  6. Textbooks should be replaced by i-Pads and online resources. (policy)
  7. How are online technologies changing the way we live? (policy)
  8. How is technology changing our definition of what it means to be human? (value)
  9. What laws should we have about cell phone use in cars? (policy)
  10. How is social media changing family relationships? (definition)
  11. Should parents limit teenagers' use of social media? (policy)
  12. What privacy policies should be upheld by social media companies? (policy)
  13. What should (and should not) be posted on Facebook by college students? (value)
  14. Should scientists be allowed to experiment on human embryos? (value)
  15. What is nanotechnology? What are its applications and possible uses in the future? (definition)

Which kind of topic are you most interested in?

  • Social issues
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Relationships
  • War and Peace
  • Environmental issues
  • Politics
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Is China the Next Superpower? (fact)

Immigration

  1. How should we respond to the global problem of illegal immigration? (policy)
  2. Would a border fence solve the immigration problem in the U.S.? (fact)
  3. What is the relationship between immigration and nationality? (definition)
  4. What causes people to immigrate illegally? (cause)
  5. Should the U.S. have a visitor work program? (policy)
  6. How has immigration affected the history of the U.S.? (definition)
  7. Should all states have laws giving policemen the right to require people to prove their legal status? (policy)
  8. How can legal immigration be streamlined? (policy)
  9. Who should be allowed to immigrate? Who should not? (value)
  10. How many illegal immigrants live in the U.S.? Who are they and where do they live? (fact)

Toilet Video Games? Have We Gone Too Far?

War and the Military

  1. Is war inevitable? How does war become integral to society? (definition)
  2. How do people justify war? (value)
  3. What might help establish peace? (policy)
  4. Should the U.S. continue to act as a policeman for other countries? (value)
  5. How should the United States defend itself against terrorism? (policy)
  6. Is drone warfare ethical? (value)
  7. How is cyber warfare becoming more important? (fact)
  8. Is the U.S. engaging in cyber attacks on other countries? (fact)
  9. How did 9/11 change the way Americans feel about themselves as a world power? (definition)
  10. Should military spending in the U.S. increase or decrease? (policy)

Race, Culture, and Identity

  1. How important is race to American identity? (fact)
  2. To what extent does individual identity depend on ethnic affiliation? (definition)
  3. How does immigration from Latin America affect the culture of America? (fact)
  4. Why do Americans think in terms of a person having one race when so many Americans have a mixed racial, cultural, and/or ethnic background? (value)
  5. Is it a good idea for people to adopt children from another ethnic group? (value)
  6. What is culture? (definition)
  7. What is the value of knowing your racial and cultural heritage? (value)
  8. Should schools be required to teach multiculturalism? (policy)
  9. Should churches work harder to be multi-racial? (value)
  10. How can parents help raise their children to be appreciative of other cultures? (policy)

Sample Position Paper Topics

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Private property sign: Most of Texas is private land but in California, 50% of the land is public property.  What is the responsibility of the government to preserve public lands? (value)Bikers on wildflower watching trip: Should helmet laws be enforced? (policy)People on private property: Do scenic wildflower areas belong to the public? Clearly not everyone obeyed the warnings.  Right or wrong?  (policy)Hay tractor on road: What is the right way to handle big loads on the highway? What about here? Who should have the right of way—farmers or drivers? (fact) Why is there an epidemic of obesity in the U.S.?  Do people eat too much or the wrong kind of food?(cause)
Private property sign: Most of Texas is private land but in California, 50% of the land is public property.  What is the responsibility of the government to preserve public lands? (value)
Private property sign: Most of Texas is private land but in California, 50% of the land is public property. What is the responsibility of the government to preserve public lands? (value) | Source
Bikers on wildflower watching trip: Should helmet laws be enforced? (policy)
Bikers on wildflower watching trip: Should helmet laws be enforced? (policy) | Source
People on private property: Do scenic wildflower areas belong to the public? Clearly not everyone obeyed the warnings.  Right or wrong?  (policy)
People on private property: Do scenic wildflower areas belong to the public? Clearly not everyone obeyed the warnings. Right or wrong? (policy) | Source
Hay tractor on road: What is the right way to handle big loads on the highway? What about here? Who should have the right of way—farmers or drivers? (fact)
Hay tractor on road: What is the right way to handle big loads on the highway? What about here? Who should have the right of way—farmers or drivers? (fact) | Source
Why is there an epidemic of obesity in the U.S.?  Do people eat too much or the wrong kind of food?(cause)
Why is there an epidemic of obesity in the U.S.? Do people eat too much or the wrong kind of food?(cause) | Source

Environmental Issues

  1. Is global warming a problem and if so, what can we do about it? (fact)
  2. How can we resolve the economy versus environment debate? (policy)
  3. How can we be sure to provide clean water for everyone? (policy)
  4. What responsibility do Americans have for providing clean water to other nations? (value)
  5. How will the worldwide population increase affect our planet? (fact)
  6. What can be done to stop poaching of endangered species? (policy)
  7. Is hunting good for the environment? (definition/fact)
  8. How can citizens be responsible for their local environment? (policy)
  9. What can manufacturers do to help clean up the earth? (fact)
  10. What is the importance of clean water? (fact)
  11. What is the relationship between health and pollution? (fact)
  12. How does the current trend of species extinction compare to the past? (fact)
  13. What can Americans do to stop global pollution? (policy)
  14. How can we encourage people to recycle more? (value)
  15. How does global warming increase the dangers of disease in the U.S.? (fact)

Use Your Textbook for Topic Ideas

Sometimes, it can help to look through your textbook to find essays to spark ideas. In my class, we use a book by Nancy Wood called Perspectives on Argument. In the back of this book is a list of suggested issues and articles related to those issues. Usually, these articles are just a start for looking for a topic. You can take an idea from the article you like and then research it to find out what different people think about that issue.

Use YouTube to Find Argument Essay Ideas

Still having trouble finding a topic? Try looking up an issue you are interested in on YouTube. You might get some good ideas just browsing around.

Share Your Topic Ideas!

If you've written a position or argument essay, leave a comment and tell us what you've written about. You might give someone else a good idea. If you've written and posted a position paper online, then leave the link so people can see it. In fact, they may want to reference your article or respond to it in their paper.

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VirginiaLynne 5 weeks ago from United States Author

Look for my articles about how to write argument or position essays for lots of ideas on how to introduce essays and find sources. Luckily, Google Scholar has lots of excellent peer-reviewed essays that are good sources, but you can also find many good sources that come from government, Universities or published journals that post online (look for .gov, .edu or a journal that also appears in print). One easy way to start your introduction is to tell a story about a student who is generally shy (or maybe bullied) but gets excited (and more included by others) when they are able to share about their own culture during a multiculturalism unit.


jenn 5 weeks ago

I am doing an Apa essay on "should schools be required to teach multiculturalism" any idea on how I should start my intro and what sources I should use?


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VirginiaLynne 6 weeks ago from United States Author

Bebe--You don't tell me whether your paper is a research paper or not, but I've written many articles on how to write different sorts of essays. You can use the search engine on HubPages to find them, or look at the links that usually appear when you pull up one of my articles. Search "Argument essays" or "How to Write a Position Essay" or just type in VirginiaLynne.

To start a paper on your topic, I think I would use a story in the introduction showing a miscommunication when people don't talk face to face.


bebe 7 weeks ago

Hey . Can you please help me in my position paper . I dont how to start . My topic is cellphone,texts and emails are not as good as talking face to face . It is from yours sample :) thank you


B-RAD 8 months ago

I think that is video gaming good or bad is a great topic to choose.


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VirginiaLynne 8 months ago from United States Author

Yes Alsaifl, I think that "What is beauty?" could be a topic. You are right that your answer would be a definition claim.


Jumanah Alsaif 8 months ago

Is the topics What is true beauty? (definition) a good topic for a position paper? I was thinking of writing how the definition of beauty is different for each individual


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Brittany Adams 14 15 months ago

Thank you so much for posting! This helps a lot with my writing!


Tariq Ali Khan 18 months ago

Excellent work buddy! Thank you so much !


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great topics for a variety of essays for everyone who needs to be inspired. Voted up for useful!


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EditorAnna 21 months ago

That Tom Hanks video is hilarious. These ideas are very thought-provoking and inspiring!


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VirginiaLynne 22 months ago from United States Author

Cindy A. So glad I was able to give you some good information!


Cindy A. 22 months ago

Unbelievable. You have helped me enormously. Thank you so much


Bluerider 23 months ago

Thank you for these great topics.


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VJGSA 2 years ago from Texas

This would be an interesting article for school students. They always seem to struggle for essay ideas.


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi Safa--Here are the main steps:

1. Choose a question you are going to write about. Then think about what your answer to the question is going to be.

2. Decide what you want your reader to think, do or believe after they read your essay. That is your thesis (the answer to your question).

3. Decide who you want to persuade to believe this (that is your reader or audience). Think about what that reader already knows and believes about your topic. That will help you develop your arguments. The reader should not be someone who already believes what you do. If they do, you aren't really arguing are you?

4. Think of at least 3 reasons why your reader should believe your thesis. Those reasons will be the main body part of your essay.

5. Think of examples or evidence which supports each of those reasons. That is what you will use to support those three reasons.

6. What objections will your reader have? Write those out and also your answers to those objections. This will be a paragraph after your reasons.

7. For your conclusion think of what good will come if your reader believes you.

I've written more in detail about this in my article: https://letterpile.com/writing/How-to-Write-an-Arg...


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi katha- if you look at the bottom right blue box I have the links to sample essays. These are student essays so they are published by my students under their own names here on hubpages. Maybe I should move these up on the page so you can find them more easily.


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VirginiaLynne 3 years ago from United States Author

Samarah--Yes I think that vaccinating children is a very good topic. You can also narrow that to particular types of vaccinations that are new like the chickenpox vaccine or the HPV. Another possible argument on this topic is whether or not it is true that vaccines are the main reason for better health in people today than in the past.


samarah15 3 years ago

Is the right to vaccinate children a good topic?


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VirginiaLynne 3 years ago from United States Author

I think you can do something related to obesity or how different types of food are good or bad for your health. Or you can talk about GMO foods or organic or locally grown produce.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Xstatic--I love the fact that you do have a position on everything--I like to look at all sides of things and that is great as an instructor teaching positions, because I can play the devils advocate, but sometimes I do need to just nail down my own point of view!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A great "how to" for position papers. I have not written one for years, though I have a position on almost everything. Useful Hub and well done as usual.

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