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The Big List of Essay Topics for High School (120+ Ideas!)
Ideas to inspire every young writer!
High school students generally do a lot of writing, learning to use language clearly, concisely, and persuasively. When it’s time to choose an essay topic, though, it’s easy to come up blank. If that’s the case, check out this huge round-up of essay topics for high school. You’ll find choices for every subject and writing style.
- Argumentative Essay Topics
- Cause-and-Effect Essay Topics
- Compare-Contrast Essay Topics
- Descriptive Essay Topics
- Expository and Informative Essay Topics
- Humorous Essay Topics
Literary Essay Topics
- Narrative and Personal Essay Topics
- Personal Essay Topics
- Persuasive Essay Topics
Research Essay Topics
Argumentative essay topics for high school.
When writing an argumentative essay, remember to do the research and lay out the facts clearly. Your goal is not necessarily to persuade someone to agree with you, but to encourage your reader to accept your point of view as valid. Here are some possible argumentative topics to try. ( Here are 100 more compelling argumentative essay topics. )
- The most important challenge our country is currently facing is … (e.g., immigration, gun control, economy)
- The government should provide free internet access for every citizen.
- All drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed.
- Vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco.
- The best country in the world is …
- Parents should be punished for their minor children’s crimes.
- Should all students have the ability to attend college for free?
- Should physical education be part of the standard high school curriculum?
- Schools should require recommended vaccines for all students, with very limited exceptions.
- Is it acceptable to use animals for experiments and research?
- Does social media do more harm than good?
- Capital punishment does/does not deter crime.
- What one class should all high schools students be required to take and pass in order to graduate?
- Do we really learn anything from history, or does it just repeat itself over and over?
- Are men and women treated equally?
Cause-and-Effect Essay Topics for High School
A cause-and-effect essay is a type of argumentative essay. Your goal is to show how one specific thing directly influences another specific thing. You’ll likely need to do some research to make your point. Here are some ideas for cause-and-effect essays. ( Get a big list of 100 cause-and-effect essay topics here. )
- Humans are causing accelerated climate change.
- Fast-food restaurants have made human health worse over the decades.
- What caused World War II? (Choose any conflict for this one.)
- Describe the effects social media has on young adults.
- How does playing sports affect people?
- What are the effects of loving to read?
- Being an only/oldest/youngest/middle child makes you …
- What effect does violence in movies or video games have on kids?
- Traveling to new places opens people’s minds to new ideas.
- Racism is caused by …
Compare-Contrast Essay Topics for High School
As the name indicates, in compare-and-contrast essays, writers show the similarities and differences between two things. They combine descriptive writing with analysis, making connections and showing dissimilarities. The following ideas work well for compare-contrast essays. ( Find 80+ compare-contrast essay topics for all ages here. )
- Public and private schools
- Capitalism vs. communism
- Monarchy or democracy
- Dogs vs. cats as pets
- Paper books or e-books
- Two political candidates in a current race
- Going to college vs. starting work full-time
- Working your way through college as you go or taking out student loans
- iPhone or Android
- Instagram vs. Twitter (or choose any other two social media platforms)
Descriptive Essay Topics for High School
Bring on the adjectives! Descriptive writing is all about creating a rich picture for the reader. Take readers on a journey to far-off places, help them understand an experience, or introduce them to a new person. Remember: Show, don’t tell. These topics make excellent descriptive essays.
- Who is the funniest person you know?
- What is your happiest memory?
- Tell about the most inspirational person in your life.
- Write about your favorite place.
- When you were little, what was your favorite thing to do?
- Choose a piece of art or music and explain how it makes you feel.
- What is your earliest memory?
- What’s the best/worst vacation you’ve ever taken?
- Describe your favorite pet.
- What is the most important item in the world to you?
- Give a tour of your bedroom (or another favorite room in your home).
- Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
- Lay out your perfect day from start to finish.
- Explain what it’s like to move to a new town or start a new school.
- Tell what it would be like to live on the moon.
Expository and Informative Essay Topics for High School
Expository essays set out clear explanations of a particular topic. You might be defining a word or phrase or explaining how something works. Expository or informative essays are based on facts, and while you might explore different points of view, you won’t necessarily say which one is “better” or “right.” Remember: Expository essays educate the reader. Here are some expository and informative essay topics to explore. ( See 70+ expository and informative essay topics here. )
- What makes a good leader?
- Explain why a given school subject (math, history, science, etc.) is important for students to learn.
- What is the “glass ceiling” and how does it affect society?
- Describe how the internet changed the world.
- What does it mean to be a good teacher?
- Explain how we could colonize the moon or another planet.
- Discuss why mental health is just as important as physical health.
- Describe a healthy lifestyle for a teenager.
- Choose an American president and explain how their time in office affected the country.
- What does “financial responsibility” mean?
Humorous Essay Topics for High School
Humorous essays can take on any form, like narrative, persuasive, or expository. You might employ sarcasm or satire, or simply tell a story about a funny person or event. Even though these essay topics are lighthearted, they still take some skill to tackle well. Give these ideas a try.
- What would happen if cats (or any other animal) ruled the world?
- What do newborn babies wish their parents knew?
- Explain the best ways to be annoying on social media.
- Invent a wacky new sport, explain the rules, and describe a game or match.
- Imagine a discussion between two historic figures from very different times, like Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I.
- Retell a familiar story in tweets or other social media posts.
- Describe present-day Earth from an alien’s point of view.
- Choose a fictional character and explain why they should be the next president.
- Describe a day when kids are in charge of everything, at school and at home.
Literary essays analyze a piece of writing, like a book or a play. In high school, students usually write literary essays about the works they study in class. These literary essay topic ideas focus on books students often read in high school, but many of them can be tweaked to fit other works as well.
- Discuss the portrayal of women in Shakespeare’s Othello .
- Explore the symbolism used in The Scarlet Letter .
- Explain the importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men .
- Compare and contrast the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice .
- Dissect the allegory of Animal Farm and its relation to contemporary events.
- Interpret the author’s take on society and class structure in The Great Gatsby .
- Explore the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia.
- Discuss whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of young love in Romeo and Juliet is accurate.
- Explain the imagery used in Beowulf .
Narrative and Personal Essay Topics for High School
Think of a narrative essay like telling a story. Use some of the same techniques that you would for a descriptive essay, but be sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. A narrative essay doesn’t necessarily need to be personal, but they often are. Take inspiration from these narrative and personal essay topics.
- Describe a performance or sporting event you took part in.
- Explain the process of cooking and eating your favorite meal.
- Write about meeting your best friend for the first time and how your relationship developed.
- Tell about learning to ride a bike or drive a car.
- Describe a time in your life when you’ve been scared.
- Share the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you.
- Tell about a time when you overcame a big challenge.
- Tell the story of how you learned an important life lesson.
- Describe a time when you or someone you know experienced prejudice or oppression.
- Explain a family tradition, how it developed, and its importance today.
- What is your favorite holiday? How does your family celebrate it?
- Retell a familiar story from the point of view of a different character.
- Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
- Tell about your proudest moment.
Persuasive Essay Topics for High School
Persuasive essays are similar to argumentative , but they rely less on facts and more on emotion to sway the reader. It’s important to know your audience, so you can anticipate any counterarguments they might make and try to overcome them. Try these topics to persuade someone to come around to your point of view. ( Discover 60 more intriguing persuasive essay topics here. )
- Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?
- Everyone should be vegetarian or vegan.
- What animal makes the best pet?
- Visit an animal shelter, choose an animal that needs a home, and write an essay persuading someone to adopt that animal.
- Who is the world’s best athlete, present or past?
- Should little kids be allowed to play competitive sports?
- Are professional athletes/musicians/actors overpaid?
- The best music genre is …
- Is democracy the best form of government?
- Is capitalism the best form of economy?
- Students should/should not be able to use their phones during the school day.
- Should schools have dress codes?
- If I could change one school rule, it would be …
- Is year-round school a good idea?
A research essay is a classic high school assignment. These papers require deep research into primary source documents, with lots of supporting facts and evidence that’s properly cited. Research essays can be in any of the styles shown above. Here are some possible topics, across a variety of subjects.
- Which country’s style of government is best for the people who live there?
- Choose a country and analyze its development from founding to present day.
- Describe the causes and effects of a specific war.
- Formulate an ideal economic plan for our country.
- What scientific discovery has had the biggest impact on life today?
- Analyze the way mental health is viewed and treated in this country.
- Explore the ways systemic racism impacts people in all walks of life.
- Defend the importance of teaching music and the arts in public schools.
- Choose one animal from the endangered species list, and propose a realistic plan to protect it.
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100 Sentence Starters to Engage Students in Every Subject
by Kristen Nance
Have you ever carefully organized a class discussion, only to have your students sit silently and stare at each other? This post is for you. If you’ve ever had a class discussion fly off the rails and detour into the land of weekend plans and video games… this post is for you. Sentence stems, or sentence starters are the key to a lively, educational discussion that stays on track and helps everyone get involved.
Why are sentence starters useful?
Research shows sentence stems are crucial for supporting ELL students, but all of your students can benefit! While some kids come to us already adept at discussion, most will need a little help. Many students feel shy or even scared of saying the wrong thing. Some students don’t know how to cede the floor to others. In addition to supporting your students in knowing how to phrase their thoughts and ideas, they also keep the classroom conversation on track. Read on for 100 sentence starters you can use in your classroom to elevate your discussions from mediocre to miraculous!
Math sentence stems
- I used _____ strategy because…
- The steps I took are…
- Another way to solve this is…
- My first step was…
- I solved it differently, by…
- I used the same strategy, but…
- I can prove it by…
- My answer is reasonable because…
- I can check my work by…
- The method that worked for me was…
- I believe this is true because…
- One example is…
- The keywords that helped me…
- I chose this operation because…
- I can visualize this problem by…
- The information needed to solve is…
- I am confused about ______ because…
- I need more information about…
- When I checked my work, I noticed______
ELA sentence stems
- In the text it says…
- The text explicitly states…
- One example from the text is…
- On page _____ it says…
- The author stated that…
- The reader can infer…
- The text implies…
- Because of this…
- The text reveals…
- I share your perspective…
- I don’t share your perspective…
- I have a different viewpoint…
- According to the source…
- I hear what you’re saying, but…
- This reminds me of____ because…
- Could it also be that…
- I think the author was trying to say…
- One thing I don’t understand about this text is…
- I observed…
- The cause of_____ was…
- The effect of ______ was…
- The model shows…
- The benefits of this____ are…
- The limitations of this___ are…
- The data shows…
- We began this investigation by…
- The pattern I noticed…
- I was surprised that…
- I still want to know…
- Based on____, I can conclude that…
- My hypothesis was correct/incorrect…
- The results proved that…
- If I were to do this again, one thing I would change is…
- I expect to see…
- The outcome might be changed if…
- _____ and ____ are the same because…
- _____ and ____ are different because…
- A property ______ and _____ share in common is…
- A property ______ and _____ do not share in common is…
- From my research, I can conclude…
Social studies sentence starters
- The cause of ____ was…
- The most likely reason for ____ was…
- _____ wanted _____ because…
- This impacted _____ because…
- The most significant cause of _____ was____ because…
- The similarities between _____ and _____ are…
- The differences between _____ and _____ are…
- One piece of evidence that supports my decisions is…
- I wonder what ___ was like in____ (time period)…
- ____ was important because…
- During that time…
- This event occurred due to…
- One effect of ____ was…
- If I had lived during this time period I would…
- The ____ represents…
- During his/her lifetime…
- Soon after____ (event)…
- The text indicates that ____ was important to _____ because…
- I know from other sources that____ was happening during…
- When the author was alive, many people thought…
- I believe that____ because…
- To add to ____’s response…
- I agree because…
- I disagree because…
- This reminded me of…
- My evidence is…
- In my opinion…
- I have a question about…
- One could argue…
- To summarize…
- I like what ____ said because…
- I was wondering if…
- What I hear you saying is…
- From my perspective…
- I’m thinking…
- We decided that…
- Our group came up with…
- We determined that the correct answer is…
- Another thing to consider is…
The next time your lesson plan calls for a class discussion, try teaching students to use a few of these sentence starters in their responses. With a little practice, students will adjust to framing their discussions in this way, and you will likely notice an elevated sense of rigor and engagement.
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Here are all of our Student Opinion questions from the 2020-21 school year. Each question is based on a different New York Times article, interactive feature or video.
By The Learning Network
Each school day we publish a new Student Opinion question, and students use these writing prompts to reflect on their experiences and identities and respond to current events unfolding around them. To introduce each question, we provide an excerpt from a related New York Times article or Opinion piece as well as a free link to the original article.
During the 2020-21 school year, we asked 176 questions, and you can find them all below or here as a PDF . The questions are divided into two categories — those that provide opportunities for debate and persuasive writing, and those that lend themselves to creative, personal or reflective writing.
Teachers can use these prompts to help students practice narrative and persuasive writing, start classroom debates and even spark conversation between students around the world via our comments section. For more ideas on how to use our Student Opinion questions, we offer a short tutorial along with a nine-minute video on how one high school English teacher and her students use this feature .
Questions for Debate and Persuasive Writing
1. Should Athletes Speak Out On Social and Political Issues? 2. Should All Young People Learn How to Invest in the Stock Market? 3. What Are the Greatest Songs of All Time? 4. Should There Be More Gender Options on Identification Documents? 5. Should We End the Practice of Tipping? 6. Should There Be Separate Social Media Apps for Children? 7. Do Marriage Proposals Still Have a Place in Today’s Society? 8. How Do You Feel About Cancel Culture? 9. Should the United States Decriminalize the Possession of Drugs? 10. Does Reality TV Deserve Its Bad Rap? 11. Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished? 12. How Should Parents Support a Student Who Has Fallen Behind in School? 13. When Is It OK to Be a Snitch? 14. Should People Be Required to Show Proof of Vaccination? 15. How Much Have You and Your Community Changed Since George Floyd’s Death? 16. Can Empathy Be Taught? Should Schools Try to Help Us Feel One Another’s Pain? 17. Should Schools or Employers Be Allowed to Tell People How They Should Wear Their Hair? 18. Is Your Generation Doing Its Part to Strengthen Our Democracy? 19. Should Corporations Take Political Stands? 20. Should We Rename Schools Named for Historical Figures With Ties to Racism, Sexism or Slavery? 21. How Should Schools Hold Students Accountable for Hurting Others? 22. What Ideas Do You Have to Improve Your Favorite Sport? 23. Are Presidential Debates Helpful to Voters? Or Should They Be Scrapped? 24. Is the Electoral College a Problem? Does It Need to Be Fixed? 25. Do You Care Who Sits on the Supreme Court? Should We Care? 26. Should Museums Return Looted Artifacts to Their Countries of Origin? 27. Should Schools Provide Free Pads and Tampons? 28. Should Teachers Be Allowed to Wear Political Symbols? 29. Do You Think People Have Gotten Too Relaxed About Covid? 30. Who Do You Think Should Be Person of the Year for 2020? 31. How Should Racial Slurs in Literature Be Handled in the Classroom? 32. Should There Still Be Snow Days? 33. What Are Your Reactions to the Storming of the Capitol by a Pro-Trump Mob? 34. What Do You Think of the Decision by Tech Companies to Block President Trump? 35. If You Were a Member of Congress, Would You Vote to Impeach President Trump? 36. What Would You Do First if You Were the New President? 37. Who Do You Hope Will Win the 2020 Presidential Election? 38. Should Media Literacy Be a Required Course in School? 39. What Are Your Reactions to the Results of Election 2020? Where Do We Go From Here? 40. How Should We Remember the Problematic Actions of the Nation’s Founders? 41. As Coronavirus Cases Surge, How Should Leaders Decide What Stays Open and What Closes? 42. What Is Your Reaction to the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? 43. How Worried Should We Be About Screen Time During the Pandemic? 44. Should Schools Be Able to Discipline Students for What They Say on Social Media? 45. What Works of Art, Culture and Technology Flopped in 2020? 46. How Do You Feel About Censored Music? 47. Why Do You Think ‘Drivers License’ Became Such a Smash Hit? 48. Justice Ginsburg Fought for Gender Equality. How Close Are We to Achieving That Goal? 49. How Well Do You Think Our Leaders Have Responded to the Coronavirus Crisis? 50. To What Extent Is the Legacy of Slavery and Racism Still Present in America in 2020? 51. How Should We Reimagine Our Schools So That All Students Receive a Quality Education? 52. How Concerned Do You Think We Should Be About the Integrity of the 2020 Election? 53. What Issues in This Election Season Matter Most to You? 54. Is Summer School a Smart Way to Make Up for Learning Lost This School Year? 55. What Is Your Reaction to the Senate’s Acquittal of Former President Trump? 56. What Is the Worst Toy Ever? 57. How Should We Balance Safety and Urgency in Developing a Covid-19 Vaccine? 58. What Are Your Reactions to Oprah’s Interview With Harry and Meghan? 59. Should the Government Provide a Guaranteed Income for Families With Children? 60. Should There Be More Public Restrooms? 61. Should High School-Age Basketball Players Be Able to Get Paid? 62. Should Team Sports Happen This Year? 63. Who Are the Best Musical Artists of the Past Year? What Are the Best Songs? 64. Should We Cancel Student Debt? 65. How Closely Should Actors’ Identities Reflect the Roles They Play? 66. Should White Writers Translate a Black Author’s Work? 67. Would You Buy an NFT? 68. Should Kids Still Learn to Tell Time? 69. Should All Schools Teach Financial Literacy? 70. What Is Your Reaction to the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial? 71. What Is the Best Way to Stop Abusive Language Online? 72. What Are the Underlying Systems That Hold a Society Together? 73. What Grade Would You Give President Biden on His First 100 Days? 74. Should High Schools Post Their Annual College Lists? 75. Are C.E.O.s Paid Too Much? 76. Should We Rethink Thanksgiving? 77. What Is the Best Way to Get Teenagers Vaccinated? 78. Do You Want Your Parents and Grandparents to Get the New Coronavirus Vaccine? 79. What Is Your Reaction to New Guidelines That Loosen Mask Requirements? 80. Who Should We Honor on Our Money? 81. Is Your School’s Dress Code Outdated? 82. Does Everyone Have a Responsibility to Vote? 83. How Is Your Generation Changing Politics?
Questions for Creative and Personal Writing
84. What Does Your Unique Style Say About You? 85. How Do You Spend Your Downtime? 86. Would You Want to Live to 200? 87. How Do You Connect to Your Heritage? 88. What Do You Think Are the Secrets to Happiness? 89. Are You a Sneakerhead? 90. What Role Have Mentors Played in Your Life? 91. If You Could Make Your Own Podcast, What Would It Be About? 92. Have You Ever Felt Pressure to ‘Sell Your Pain’? 93. Do You Think You Make Good Climate Choices? 94. What Does TikTok Mean to You? 95. Do Your Parents Overpraise You? 96. Do You Want to Travel in Space? 97. Do You Feel You’re Friends With Celebrities or Influencers You Follow Online? 98. Would You Eat Food Grown in a Lab? 99. What Makes You Cringe? 100. What Volunteer Work Would You Most Like to Do? 101. How Do You Respond When People Ask, ‘Where Are You From?’ 102. Has a School Assignment or Activity Ever Made You Uncomfortable? 103. How Does Your Identity Inform Your Political Beliefs and Values? 104. Are You an Orchid, a Tulip or a Dandelion? 105. Are You Having a Tough Time Maintaining Friendships These Days? 106. How Is Your Mental Health These Days? 107. Do You Love Writing or Receiving Letters? 108. What Has Television Taught You About Social Class? 109. Are You Easily Distracted? 110. What Objects Bring You Comfort? 111. What Is Your Favorite Memory of PBS? 112. Have You Ever Felt Embarrassed by Your Parents? 113. What Are You Doing to Combat Pandemic Fatigue? 114. Have You Ever Worried About Making a Good First Impression? 115. What Do You Want Your Parents to Know About What It’s Like to Be a Teenager During the Pandemic? 116. How Have You Collaborated From a Distance During the Pandemic? 117. How Important Is It to You to Have Similar Political Beliefs to Your Family and Friends? 118. How Are You Feeling About Winter This Year? 119. Which Celebrity Performer Would You Like to Challenge to a Friendly Battle? 120. How Mentally Tough Are You? 121. What Smells Trigger Powerful Memories for You? 122. What Are You Thankful for This Year? 123. Do You Miss Hugs? 124. Are You a Good Conversationalist? 125. What Habits Have You Started or Left Behind in 2020? 126. What Was the Best Art and Culture You Experienced in 2020? 127. What’s Your Relationship With Masks? 128. What Role Does Religion Play in Your Life? 129. How Will You Be Celebrating the Holidays This Year? 130. What Is Something Good That Happened in 2020? 131. What New Flavor Ideas Do You Have for Your Favorite Foods? 132. What Are Your Hopes and Concerns for the New School Year? 133. How Has 2020 Challenged or Changed You? 134. What Do You Hope for Most in 2021? 135. How Do You View Death? 136. What Is Your Favorite Fact You Learned in 2020? 137. What Are the Places in the World That You Love Most? 138. Have You Ever Experienced ‘Impostor Syndrome’? 139. How Well Do You Get Along With Your Siblings? 140. Do You Talk to Your Family About the Cost of College? 141. Do You Have a Healthy Diet? 142. How Do You Feel About Mask-Slipping? 143. Do You Believe in Manifesting? 144. How Do You Express Yourself Creatively? 145. What Are Your Family’s House Rules During the Covid Crisis? 146. What Online Communities Do You Participate In? 147. Have You Experienced Any Embarrassing Zoom Mishaps? 148. What Does Your Country’s National Anthem Mean to You? 149. Are Sports Just Not the Same Without Spectators in the Stands? 150. Would You Volunteer for a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial? 151. What ‘Old’ Technology Do You Think Is Cool? 152. Have You Ever Tried to Grow Something? 153. How Has the Pandemic Changed Your Relationship to Your Body? 154. How Do You Find New Books, Music, Movies or Television Shows? 155. Are You Nervous About Returning to Normal Life? 156. How Do You Celebrate Spring? 157. How Do You Talk With People Who Don’t Share Your Views? 158. Would You Want to Be a Teacher Someday? 159. What Would You Recommend That Is ‘Overlooked and Underappreciated’? 160. What Children’s Books Have Had the Biggest Impact on You? 161. What Is Your Gender Identity? 162. Have You Hit a Wall? 163. What Is the Code You Live By? 164. Do You Think You Have Experienced ‘Learning Loss’ During the Pandemic? 165. What Are the Most Memorable Things You’ve Seen or Experienced in Nature? 166. Do You Want to Have Children Someday? 167. What Have You Learned About Friendship This Year? 168. What Seemingly Mundane Feats Have You Accomplished? 169. Has a Celebrity Ever Convinced You to Do Something? 170. How Have You Commemorated Milestones During the Pandemic? 171. How Often Do You Read, Watch or Listen to Things Outside of Your Comfort Zone? 172. Do You Think You Live in a Political Bubble? 173. What Is Your Relationship With the Weight-Loss Industry? 174. What Have You Made This Year? 175. How Are You Right Now? 176. What Are You Grateful For?
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You can find even more Student Opinion questions in our 300 Questions and Images to Inspire Argument Writing , 550 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing and 130 New Prompts for Argumentative Writing . We also publish daily Picture Prompts , which are image-centered posts that provide space for many different kinds of writing. You can find all of our writing prompts, added as they publish, here .
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Topic sentences are a vital part of paragraph writing. They state the central focus of the paragraph and provide cohesion for the paragraph. It’s important for students to learn to write clear and concise topic sentences. The worksheets below are aimed to help your student become a master at recognizing and writing topic sentences. They are free for you to use at home or in the classroom. To view a worksheet or download a printable PDF, simply click on the title. Check out all of our writing worksheets !
Identify the Topic Sentence
The topic sentence in a paragraph states the main idea of the paragraph. While it is usually at the beginning of the paragraph, it also can be in the middle or end of it. Students underline the topic sentence in each activity.
Paragraphs and Topic Sentences: Informational
This worksheet includes a list of informational topics. Students write a paragraph on each topic and underline their topic sentence.
Paragraphs and Topic Sentences: Opinions
This activity includes a list of opinion topics. Students write a paragraph on each topic and underline their topic sentence.
Topic Sentence: What’s the Topic?
Students read the topic sentences provided and write what they think the topic is for each.
Write the Topic Sentence
In this activity, students write a sentence for each of the topic sentences provided.
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This blog post is going to be about … No. Too boring.
Today, I am going to talk to you about ... No. Too specific.
This is a blog post for all writers ... Nope. Too generic.
Has this ever been you while writing? I get it. Writing a good sentence can be hard, and when you have to string a whole lot of them together, the task can become daunting. So what do you do?
From the first sentence you write to the very last, you want each one to show your style and motivate your reader to keep reading. In this post, we are going to think about how you start your sentences.
What Is a Good Sentence Starter for an Essay Introduction?
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The first paragraph of a paper can make or break your grade. It is what gets your audience into the topic and sets the whole stage. Because of this, it is important to get your readers hooked early.
The first sentence of a paper is often called the hook. It shouldn’t be anything ordinary. It should have strong language and be a little surprising, with an interesting fact, story, statistic, or quote on the topic.
Because it is designed to pull the reader in and surprise them a little, it is often good to avoid pre-written sentence starter examples when writing your hook. Just get into it here, and worry about the flow later.
Here are some examples:
Spider webs were once used as bandages.
I taught myself to read when I was three. At least, that’s the story my parents tell.
Recent studies suggest that the average person lies at least once in every conversation.
“The world is bleeding and humans wield the knife,” or so says environmental scientist So Andso.
(P.S. Except for example 1, which is true, I just made all of these up to demonstrate my point. So, please don’t quote me on these!)
Once you jump right in with your hook, it is time to start working on ways to move sentences along. Here is where you may need some sentence starter examples.
In your first paragraph, you basically want to connect your hook to your thesis. You’ll do this with a few sentences setting up the stage for your topic and the claim you will make about it. To do that, follow the tips found in the next section on body paragraphs and general sentence starter tips.
Many of the tips I am about to discuss can be used anywhere in a paper, but they are especially helpful when writing body paragraphs.
Let’s start with one of the most important types of sentence starter in essay writing: transition words.
How Do I Use Transitions in an Essay?
If you want to start writing terrific sentences (and improve your essay structure ), the first thing you should do is start using transition words.
Transition words are those words or phrases that help connect thoughts and ideas. They move one sentence or paragraph into another, and they make things feel less abrupt.
The good thing about transition words is that you probably know a lot of them already and currently use them in your speech. Now, you just need to transition them into your writing. (See what I did there?)
Before we get into examples of what a good transition word is, let’s look at a paragraph without any transitions:
I went to the store. I bought bacon and eggs. I saw someone I knew. I said hello. I went to the cashier. They checked me out. I paid. I got my groceries. I went to my car. I returned home.
Yikes! That is some boring writing. It was painful to write, and I am sure it is even worse to read. There are two reasons for this:
- I start every sentence with the same word (more on this later)
- There are no signposts showing me how the ideas in the paragraph connect.
In an essay, you need to show how each of your ideas relate to each other to build your argument. If you just make a series of statements one after the other, you’re not showing your instructor that you actually understand those statements, or your topic.
How do we fix this? Transition words. Roughly 25% of your sentences should start with a transition word. If you can hit that number in your essay, you’ll know that you’ve made meaningful steps towards demonstrating your understanding.
Of course, hitting that number isn’t enough—those transitions need to be meaningful. Let’s look at the different types of transitions and how you can use them.
What Are Words Like First , Next , and Last Called?
You probably already use some transitions in your essays. For example, if you start a paragraph with firstly , you’ve used a transition word. But transitions can do so much more!
Here are 25 common transitional words and phrases that you could use in your essay:
- Additionally / In Addition
- Alternatively / Conversely
- As a result of
- At this time
- Contrary to
- First(ly), Second(ly), etc.
- In contrast
- On the other hand
- Particularly / In particular
- In other words
This list isn’t exhaustive, but it is a good start.
These words show different types of relationships between ideas. These relationships fall into four main categories: Emphasis , Contrast , Addition , and Order .
What Are Emphasis Transition Words?
These phrases are used when you want to highlight a point. Examples from my above list include clearly , particularly , and indeed . Want to see some more? Follow my bolded transitions: Undoubtedly , you understand now. It should be noted that you don’t need to worry.
How Do You Use Addition Transitions?
These words add on to what you just said. These are words like along with , moreover , and also . Here are some more: Not only are you going to be great at transitions after this, but you will also be good at writing sentences. Furthermore , everyone is excited to see what you have to say.
How Can I Use Transitions to Contrast Ideas?
This is the opposite of addition, and you use it when you want to show an alternative view or to compare things. Examples from my list include words like nonetheless , contrary to , and besides .
Here are some more: Unlike people who haven’t read this article, you are going to be really prepared to write great sentences. Even so , there is still a lot more about writing to learn.
How Do I Order Ideas in My Essay?
A good first step is using order transition words.
This set of transitions helps mark the passage of time or gives an order to events. From the list, think of things like first and finally . Now for some extras: At this time yesterday , you were worried about starting sentences. Following this , though, you will be an expert.
Now that you get the concept of transitions, let’s go back to that poorly written paragraph above and add some in to see what happens:
This morning , I went to the store. While I was there, I bought bacon and eggs. Then I saw someone I knew. So I said hello. After that , I went to the cashier. At that time , they checked me out. First , I paid. Next , I got my groceries. Following that , I went to my car. Finally , I returned home.
(Notice the use of commas after most of these transitions!)
This isn’t the best paragraph I’ve ever written. It still needs a lot of work. However, notice what a difference just adding transitions makes. This is something simple but effective you can start doing to make your sentences better today.
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What Are Some Linking Phrases I Can Use in My Essay?
As well as individual words, you can also use short phrases at the beginning of your sentences to transition between ideas. I just did it there— "As well as individual words" shows you how this section of the article is related to the last.
Here are some more phrases like this:
As shown in the example,
As a result of this,
After the meeting,
While this may be true,
Though researchers suggest X,
Before the war began,
Until we answer this question,
Since we cannot assume this to be true,
While some may claim Y,
Because we know that Z is true,
These short phrases are called dependent clauses . See how they all end with a comma? That's because they need you to add more information to make them into complete sentences.
- While some may claim that chocolate is bad for you, data from a recent study suggests that it may have untapped health benefits .
- Since we cannot assume that test conditions were consistent, it is impossible to reach a solid conclusion via this experiment .
- As a result of this, critics disagree as to the symbolism of the yellow car in The Great Gatsby .
The bolded text in each example could stand on its own as a complete sentence. However, if we take away the first part of each sentence, we lose our connection to the other ideas in the essay.
These phrases are called dependent clauses : they depend on you adding another statement to the sentence to complete them. When you use a sentence starter phrase like the ones above in your writing, you signal that the new idea you have introduced completes (or disrupts) the idea before it.
Note: While some very short dependent clauses don’t need a comma, most do. Since it is not wrong to use one on even short ones (depending on the style guide being used), it is a good idea to include one every time.
Along with missing transitions and repeating sentence structure, another thing that stops sentences from being great is too much repetition. Keep your sentences sharp and poignant by mixing up word choices to start your sentences.
You might start your sentence with a great word, but then you use that same word 17 sentences in a row. After the first couple, your sentences don’t sound as great. So, whether it is varying the transitional phrases you use or just mixing up the sentence openers in general, putting in some variety will only improve your sentences.
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Now that you have your introduction sentences and body sentences taken care of, let’s talk a little about conclusion sentences. While you will still use transitions and clauses as in the body, there are some special considerations here.
Your conclusion is what people will remember most after they finish reading your paper. So, you want to make it stand out. Don’t just repeat yourself; tell them what they should do with what you just told them!
Use the tips from above, but also remember the following:
Be unique. Not only should you vary the words you use to start different sentences, but you should also think outside of the box. If you use the same conclusion sentence starter everyone else is using, your ideas will blend in too.
Be natural. Some of the best writing out there is writing that sounds natural. This goes for academic writing, too. While you won’t use phrases like "at the end of the day" in essay writing, stilted phrases like "in conclusion" can disrupt the flow you’ve created earlier on.
Here are some alternatives to "in conclusion" you could use in an essay:
- To review, ... (best for scientific papers where you need to restate your key points before making your final statement)
- As has been shown, ...
- In the final analysis, ...
- Taking everything into account, ...
- On the whole, ...
- Generally speaking, ...
If you’re looking for more ways to rephrase "in conclusion," take a look at our complete list of synonyms you can use.
There may not be a set word or words that you can use to make your sentences perfect. However, when you start using these tips, you’ll start to see noticeable improvement in your writing.
If you’ve ever heard people talk about pacing and flow in academic writing, and you have no idea what they mean or how to improve yours, then this is your answer. These tips will help your writing sound more natural, which is how you help your ideas flow.
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How to Choose Good Essay Topics for High School (+65 Topics for Inspiration)
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You’ve just been assigned an essay.
Usually, your professor assigns a specific topic, but this time, you’ve been asked to pick a topic.
At the outset, choosing your topic might seem like a blessing, but it’s not as straightforward as it seems.
Although there could be millions of topics to write about, there’s no appropriate knowledge. Like it or not, most poorly-graded essays result from an incorrect choice of topic.
So yes, the pressure is on.
This article will teach you how to choose good essay topics for your high school essay.
6 Strategies to Choose Good Essay Topics for High School
From not abiding by the essay prompt and picking a topic you know nothing about to choosing one that’s too narrow or broad -- there are several mistakes high school students make when choosing essay topics.
This is crucial because the topic selection can make or break your essay. Here are some valuable tips to remember while choosing essay topics for high school.
1. Brainstorm topic ideas
The first thing to do before looking for the perfect topic for your high school essay is to brainstorm.
Think about ideas -- write down whatever comes to your mind. You don't have to use all the ideas you write down, but it is helpful to have choices.
Look for topics that you are interested in. These topics will make your entire essay process a lot more enjoyable and thorough.
There are many methods for successful brainstorming -- list the pros and cons for each topic or create a mind map. Write your topic in the center and branch your ideas into sub-topics connected to the main topic. This will help you to organize your thoughts and ideas visually.
Here’s an interesting video by Edraw on using ming-maps for brainstorming essay topics
2. Choose something that interests you
As you brainstorm ideas for your essay topics, make sure you opt for topics that you find exciting or ones you’re passionate about.
Don't go for boring, played-out topics that have been written by people multiple times. If you write an unenthusiastic essay on a boring topic, you will never be able to write a stellar essay and get the grades you desire.
Try to expand your writing horizons by exploring something new, something different. Only then can you put your heart and soul into crafting an essay that will stand out amongst all the others.
3. Do preliminary research
Always remember that just because the topic is attractive doesn't mean that you will find enough information to start your research on it.
Before you lock your topic, have a good amount of knowledge on what you’re planning to write your essay on and research, research, research!
Go through various websites and journals to see whether there is enough background material on the topic you’re considering.
The last thing you want is to be left with a topic that hardly gives you scope to research and build your essay.
4. Read the prompt carefully
Understand the writing prompt of your essay well so that you can do justice to it.
Evaluate what kind of essay your professor would like to see through the given prompt and ask yourself questions -- does the essay want you to compare and contrast or find differences and similarities? Does it want you to take a stand on an issue? Is it supposed to be a reflective essay , or is it supposed to be a cause-and-effect essay that focuses on the consequences that are derived through specific actions, decisions, or events?
Figure out how to express your opinions clearly, keeping in mind that you must adhere to the fast outline and submit a quality essay.
5. Consider the word count
One of the essential points to remember while writing your high school essay is the length.
If the topic is too broad, it will lead you to overgeneralize since you may have so much material in your hands that it would never fit into a 4-page high school essay. You’ll find yourself going in too many directions, and your essay will lack focus.
At the same time, your chosen topic should also not be too narrow because you need to have enough information related to your topic to write a quality, well-researched essay.
A topic that’s too specific will leave you with a minimal research scope, making it impossible to write an in-depth essay about it.
So, make it a point to look at sources from which you can retrieve information on the topic of your choice and ensure you stay true to the word count.
6. Take a different approach
If there are no interesting topic ideas that come to mind after brainstorming, it is okay to reuse a topic that you have previously written on.
The trick is to approach the same subject with a completely different perspective. There is no reason to write the same essay on the same topic twice.
For example, if you had previously written about the history of capital punishment in the USA, you can now approach your topic from a cause-and-effect angle. It’s like old wine in a new bottle if packaged correctly.
65 Good Essay Topics for High School Students
Topics on humanity.
1. Gay partners and child adoption.
2. Surrogate mothers and societal worldview.
3. Violence in media content.
4. Sex education in middle school.
5. Should homework be abolished?
6. Children's exposure to media.
7. Why domestic gender violence is on the rise?
8. Using animals to conduct research experiments is wrong.
9. Parents should monitor the website their children visit.
10. Should women be allowed into extreme sports?
11. The state of feminism in American society.
12. Exploring unfair child labor in the workplace.
Topics on technology
13. Cyber security.
14. How can technology help in preventing terrorist attacks?
15. How did Bill Gates and Steve Jobs change the world?
16. How close did we get to artificial intelligence?
17. How do regular people influence technological progress?
18. The future of the internet.
Topics on environment
19. The climatic change in the last 30 years.
20. Why do some believe that global warming is a hoax?
21. What are the best ways to reduce global warming?
22. How does global warming alter wildlife?
23. Ocean pollution.
24. Ways of reducing air pollution.
25. How can alternative types of energy help to preserve the Earth’s natural resources?
26. Recycling to make the world better.
27. Recycling to make the world a better place.
28. Endangered species.
29. Drinking water for all and how to achieve it.
Topics on legal issues
30. Should marijuana be legalized at the national level?
31. Are punishments for sex crimes fair?
32. Should there be a law preventing cyberbullying?
33. Various laws on abortion around the world.
34. How do prostitution laws differ around the world?
Topics on business
35. How can one turn a business idea into a successful startup?
36. Influence of creative marketing on your sales.
37. Effect of taxation on small businesses.
38. Effective time management for big and small teams.
39. Multitasking as a productive method of work.
40. Sexual harassment in the working environment.
41. How can benefits make your employees happy?
42. The most successful businesses in the first two decades of the 21st century.
Topics on World politics
43. How did Angela Markel change Europe?
44. The consequences of Brexit for European values.
45. How can world politicians unite against the threat that Russia poses?
46. Can North and South Korea unite again?
47. How can we eliminate dictatorial regimes in the 21st century?
48. Conflict in Africa.
49. How can the world unit fight racism.
Topics on religion
50. Is Christianity at its dusk?
51. Can any religion justify crimes against humanity?
52. The most popular new age religion.
53. Sexual abuse in the church.
54. Should religious beliefs influence health matters?
55. Oppression of women by various religions.
56. The political context of the global religions throughout time.
57. Myths of creation through global religion.
58. Formation of new religions.
Topics on health
59. Impacts of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana on the human body.
60. Vaccination in the 21st century.
61. Controversial issues of birth control.
62. How can research help cure AIDs.
63. The importance of mental health.
64. Anorexia and obesity.
65. Effects of fats on the human body and mind.
Conclusion: Choose Good Essay Topics for High School
Essay writing in high school is an integral part of academic life, and a good topic can create a favorable impression in the minds of the faculty. Besides fetching good grades, it also enhances developmental skills and intellectual growth.
After all, when you know what to say, it is so much more likely that you will say it well. Choose the right topic for your essay, and you’re sure to write a winning essay.
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Narrative essays vs. analytical essays, how to pick the right narrative essay topic, elements of a strong narrative essay, engaging narrative essay topics for high schoolers, where to get your narrative essay edited for free.
Narrative essays are an extensive form of writing that gives readers the opportunity to follow along as a person goes through a journey or sets of experiences. Rather than providing analytic insight, narrative essays simply share a story and offer a first-person account. These essays may seem easy to write at first, but it takes a certain finesse to write a narrative essay that is interesting, cohesive, and well-researched. Whether you’re looking for a unique topic to write about, or just want some new inspiration, CollegeVine is here to help! These 50 narrative essay topics are engaging, unique and will have you writing in no time.
A narrative essay is a great way to express your personal experiences and opinions, but it is important to remember that this type of essay is different from an analytical paper. In a narrative essay, you do not need to provide background information or explain your thoughts and feelings; instead, you simply tell a story. It’s important to avoid too much telling in your writing; instead, use creative details and vivid imagery to make readers feel as if they are actually right there with you.
Where You Will Encounter Narrative Essays
This type of essay is typically encountered in high school, where students may be required to write personal statements to prepare for their Common App essay . Narrative essays are also commonly seen in AP Language and Composition. Therefore, it’s important you are aware of the style because you are bound to have a narrative essay assignment.
Of course, before you start writing, it is important to pick the right essay topic. There are many factors involved in the process of picking the perfect narrative essay topic for your story.
You should always choose a topic that you are passionate about, since writing on something you care about will make the process much easier. Not only will it be more interesting to create your paper around something that truly interests you, but it will also allow you to fully express yourself in your essay. You also want to be sure that the topic has enough material to work with. If your chosen topic is too short, you will not have enough content to write a complete paper. For example, if you are writing about your experience getting lost at the mall, make sure that you have enough information to work with to craft an engaging narrative.
The best topic for an engaging narrative essay is one that focuses on showing versus telling, has a clear structure, and provides a dialogue. These elements come together to form an engaging narrative essay. Regardless of what subject you pick, any topic may be turned into a fascinating, A+ worthy narrative using the tips below.
Show, Don’t Tell
To write a good narrative essay, it’s important to show, not tell. Instead of simply informing your audience, show them what you mean. For example, instead of saying “I was nervous,” you could say “My heart began to race and my stomach filled with butterflies.” Also make sure to use sensory details, such as sights, sounds and tastes, and include a personal reflection at the end of your narrative.
Begin with a Strong Opening Line
A good narrative essay will begin with an attention-grabbing opening line. But make sure to avoid common clichés, such as “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Instead, come up with something original and specific to you and your situation. For example: “My pre-calc teacher was obsessed with circles. I mean, he even used circular note cards.” Or, “It all started the day my mom brought home a guinea pig.”
Follows a Three-Act Structure
A strong narrative essay follows the same three-act structure as other essays. But in order to make it interesting, you’ll need to come up with a creative way to break things down into sections. For example, using the guinea pig example from above, you could write the following:
- Act 1 – Introduction: The day my mom brought home a guinea pig.
- Act 2 – Conflict: The day I had to say goodbye to my beloved pet.
- Act 3 – Conclusion: Looking back at how much I miss him now that he’s gone.
Conclude with Personal Reflection
To conclude your narrative essay, you’ll want to explain what this specific experience taught you or how you’ve changed. For example, upon realizing that her pre-calc teacher was obsessed with circles, the writer of the previous example begins to notice circular shapes everywhere. Another way to conclude your narrative essay is by touching on how this experience impacted you emotionally. For example, after losing his guinea pig, the writer explains how much he missed it.
Include a conversation in your essay to make it come alive. For example, instead of simply saying that you met a new friend, talk about how you introduced yourselves or what they were wearing when you met them.
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The following list of 50 narrative essay topics is divided into categories. This will make it easier to find a topic that fits your writing style.
1. What is a childhood song that still sticks with you today?
2. Your first day of Kindergarten
3. Talk about a time when you’re siblings looked up to you
4. Describe the best birthday party you’ve ever had
5. Talk about the best day you ever spent with a childhood friend
6. Explain your first childhood hobby
7. Describe your first halloween costume
8. A family vacation gone wrong
9. Your first family reunion
10. Describe a tradition that is unique to your family
11. Describe your family to a person who’s never met them before
12. What frustrates you most about your family
13. If you could only keep one memory of your family, what would it be and why?
14. Describe a time your family embarrassed you in public
15. The most beautiful place in the world
16. Your favorite season and why
17. If you were a part of nature, what element would you be? Why?
18. When you go outside, which of your senses are you most thankful to have?
19. Describe the first time you witnessed a tornado
20. Write a poem about your favorite season
21. Describe yourself as one of the four seasons
22. Describe a time in which you felt connected with nature
23. Describe the first time you played an instrument and how you felt
24. What major event would be much worse if music was removed, and why?
25. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
26. What would a life without music look like?
27. If you could master one instrument, what would it be and why?
28. What if you had never met your best friend?
29. Describe a time when you fixed a broken relationship
30. Talk about a movie that defined a relationship for you
31. Describe your first date
32. Describe the first time you made a friend
33. Describe your relationship with your parents
34. Have you ever fooled someone? If so, describe what happened and how you felt about it
35. What is the worst thing you’ve done to someone else?
36. Write about the difference between how things seem and how they really are.
37. Have you ever been embarrassed in some way? If so, describe the situation and how it affected you as well as those around you
38. Have you ever witnessed something really beautiful? Describe it
39. Is your glass half empty or half full?
40. Have you ever been very afraid of something but tried your hardest to appear fearless? If so, describe that experience
41. When have you ever succeeded when you thought you might fail
42. What are your secret survival strategies?
43. Describe the last time you were stressed and why?
44. Describe a time when you were discriminated against
45. The most memorable class you’ve had and why
46. Your favorite study abroad memory
47. Describe your kindergarten classroom
48. Describe your first teacher
49. The first time you experienced detention
50. Your first field trip
Hopefully these topics will get you thinking about a personal experience that could make for a thoughtful and engaging narrative essay. Remember, a strong narrative essay must contain relatable details and a clear flow that keeps the reader entertained and engaged to read all the way to the end.
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Students really enjoy the opportunity to try and change the world in which they live, and hopefully, these prompts might be a great starting point.
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- Some parents give children a weekly or monthly allowance regardless of their behavior because they believe an allowance teaches children to be financially responsible. Other parents only give children an allowance as a reward for completing chores or when they have behaved properly. Explain what you think parents should do and why.
- Many schools now require teenagers to spend a certain number of hours each term doing volunteer work or community service. Some people believe this is an excellent idea as it promotes good citizenship and cultivates compassion. Others feel that forced volunteerism is not volunteering at all. How do you feel about this issue? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your position.
- Some parts of the world allow people to get a driver’s license at age sixteen. Many feel this age is much too young for the responsibility that comes with driving a car and that teenagers should not be allowed to drive until the age of 18. In your opinion, at what age should people be allowed to drive, and why?
- What is your all-time favorite book or movie and why? Write an essay persuading readers to watch this ﬁlm or read this book.
- Have you ever made a life changing action that has had a positive effect on you or the lives of others? Write an essay that convinces readers to make a change for the better.
- You have been asked to write a letter that would convince a organizers of a major event to be hosted in your hometown. Write an essay that convinces these delegates that your town would be great host.
- Top professional athletes often have salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Do you think these athletes deserve this type of income? Why or why not? Explain your position and use specific reasons and examples.
- Humans have always wondered about the possibility of life on other planets in the universe. Do you believe extraterrestrial life exists? Write an essay persuading others to share your point of view .
- If someone discovered the ‘Elixir of life’ that would enable us to live forever, would it be a blessing or a curse? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your answer.
- If you have you ever traveled to a place that you found very meaningful and rewarding? Write an essay that persuades others to visit this important place.
- Nearly all private schools require students to wear uniforms. Should public school students wear uniforms too? Argue for or against school uniforms for public school students. Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your position.
- You are to select one item from the twenty-ﬁrst century to place in a time capsule for future generations, what would you choose? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your choice, explaining both the item’s signiﬁcance and the reasons why it embodies the culture of the early twenty-ﬁrst century.
- What would improve your town or city? Write an essay convincing ofﬁcials to make a change that would improve your neighborhood.
- Some studies have shown students often perform better on exams if music is played softly in the background. However, some students may ﬁnd the music distracting. Should schools play classical music during exams and/or allow students to listen to headphones whilst working? Take a position and explain your answer.
- Should parents be a child’s disciplinarian, or their best friend?
- Take a position and explain your answer using speciﬁc reasons and examples.
- Millions of people visit zoos around the world. But some people believe that zoos are inhumane and that animals should not be kept in captivity. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your position.
- In most countries people pay taxes based upon how much they earn: the higher their income, the higher the percentage of that income they must pay in taxes. Many people argue that a ﬂat tax, in which everyone pays the same rate regardless of income, would be a more equitable and desirable tax system. Which of these two tax systems do you think is best, and why? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your answer.
- Is it wise to devote time and money to building a space station on the moon or Mars? Why or why not? Explain your answer.
- An ancient Greek proverb states, “All things good to know are difﬁcult to learn.” Do you agree? Why or why not? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to explain your answer.
- Imagine that you know someone who is unfamiliar with computers and has never been on the Internet. Write an essay convincing this relative to get a computer and get online.
- Imagine that you have made it to the ﬁnal round of interviews for your dream job. Convince your prospective employers that you are the one who most deserves the position.
- Is there something that you believe is truly worth ﬁghting for? Write an essay persuading others that this cause is worth a ﬁght.
If you have any other great ideas for persuasive prompts please post them in the comments section below.
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Sentence Starters: Useful Words and Phrases You Can Use As Sentence Starters
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Sentence Starters! Here you will find a useful list of common sentence starters that you can use in a discussion as well as in essay writing. Learn these sentence starters to improve your English speaking and writing skills.
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Sentence starters | common phrases.
- (The topic) has fostered a debate on …
- A sensible idea would be to…
- We all know that…
- It is said that…
- It is believed that…
- People assumed that…
- There is growing support for the notion that …
- The data gathered in the study strongly suggests that …
- The supposition drawn from this being that…
- Leading to the supposition that…
- This can be argued that..
- The source suggest…
- My own feeling on the subject is that …
- Generally speaking…
- As far as I know…
- As far as I am concerned…
- I believe that…
- The focus of discussion in this paper is …
- The premise of (the topic) seems to be based on …
- Latest research corroborates the view that …
- Most people would agree that…
- It is estimated…
- The reader supposed that…
- It is clear that…
- Everybody knows that…
- Surely you would agree that…
- This clearly shows that…
- I discovered…
- We always…
- This indicates…
- Demonstrating that…
- It is vital that…
- It wouldn’t be very difficult to…
- The real truth is that…
- Are we expected that…
- The fact is that…
- I felt as…
- I think/ I believe that…
- It seems to me that…
- We concluded that…
- My perspective is…
- I agree with…
- Have you thought about…
- In other words…
- I see what you mean but…
- I share your point of view on…
- In my opinion…
Transition Words Used as Sentence Starters
Words to add an idea
- In addition to
- For instance
- For example
- As an example
- Another reason
- Coupled with
- In addition
- One other thing
Words that show cause
- As a result
- For this reason
- For this purpose
- This is why
- Following this
- As you can see
- For all of those reasons
Words that show contrast
- Different from
- Even though
- However ( however synonyms )
- In comparison
- In contrast
- On the one hand…
- On the other hand
- On the contrary
Words that add emphasis
- Generally speaking
- For the most part
- In this situation
- No doubt (undoubtedly)
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Amazing list. It helps change up how you start your sentence, and it helps for writers to keep readers engaged.
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One-sentence writing prompts are such a fun, helpful way to teach students how to write— and instill a love of writing .
I love watching my children think up new stories. You can almost see the wheels turning and thoughts churning!
But sometimes, those gears grind to a halt, and they get stuck.
That’s where writing prompts, also known as story starters, come in and save the day!
I especially like using one-liner story starter sentences in our homeschool.
They don’t require any prep on my part, and the kids love them.
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How One-Sentence Prompts Make Creative Writing Easier
I think the hardest part for every student is staring at that blank page wondering “ How do I start writing a story? “
Remember how hard that was?
Writer’s block is something kids deal with, too!
That pressure—creating a story out of thin air—can be a total inspiration-killer.
There’s something to be said about just getting their creative juices flowing.
That’s why I love sentence starters for creative writing because that’s exactly what they do.
One-sentence writing prompts are just what they sound like—an opening sentence or idea that’s meant to inspire a story.
For older students, I even like using first-line writing prompts for essay writing. You just have to start with prompts that are a little more subject specific.
The art o f writing can be a daunting task for anyone, especially for elementary-aged children and middle school students who are just starting their writing journey.
Sentence prompts relieve some of that pressure by acting as story starters .
They allow writers to focus their thoughts while providing ideas for their storylines.
Well-written prompts also help with the basics of sentence constructions, which sets the example and encourages better writing over time.
How to Use One-Line Writing Prompts
When students use one-sentence writing prompts as a starting point for their tales, it often helps them think more creatively.
It can drum up ideas they may not have thought of otherwise.
To use these story starters for kids, have your students brainstorm ideas for each one-sentence prompt.
Remind them that there is no right or wrong answer (or plot).
This brainstorming step can be part of their writing assessment or even part of their writing practice.
After all, every good storyline begins with ideation.
Even having your students do some journaling before starting a prompt could be useful. Great journal entries have, at times, been the source of wonderful essays!
55 Exciting One-Sentence Story starters
Sometimes, one sentence is all it takes to get those creative juices flowing. So here are 55 creative one-line story starters to ease the burden of the dreaded “blank page.”
Once you’ve cycled through the prompts below, check out our other free writing exercises:
- Picture writing prompts
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Encourage your children to use them as opening sentences for their stories , but also let them know it’s okay to change things up as needed!
1. I received a letter from a great uncle I never knew, stating I was heir to his throne in a faraway kingdom.
2. Suddenly, the merry-go-round stopped and all the horses came to life!
3. It all started when I took home the wrong backpack…
4. When I walked into the living room this morning, my mom had a huge grin on her face.
5. The next day at school, everyone wanted to know what happened last night.
6. My dad told me he started a new job today, and I found a superhero cape in the backseat of his car!
7. This summer, I’m going to visit my grandparents who live in another country.
8. Yesterday, I saw an old man walking down the street not wearing any shoes.
9. The little boy looked at me and said, “The choice is yours. What will you decide?”
10. I thought it was my new puppy making that strange noise, but it was actually…
11. It sounded like a trumpet, and it was coming from outside.
12. When I woke up this morning, there were hundreds of balloons everywhere!
13. A few days ago, I went out to play soccer, and suddenly, everything changed.
14. Last week, I met a girl named Mary, and we became best friends even though she’s not like most people I know.
15. I remember the moment like it was yesterday…
16. I received a letter with no return address, and it said something I never expected…
17. I was through the woods with my older brother when we heard a strange growl.
18. My dad silently handed me a piece of a paper that was actually a treasure map leading to…
19. As I gazed up at the stars, I noticed an especially bright one moving slowly across the night sky.
20. Today, I got a call from someone saying they have important news about my family history.
21. There once lived a king whose name was forgotten with time, but his kingdom…
22. It was the best feeling in the world…
23. I went with my grandpa to milk the cows, but something was different about the barn today.
24. Today, I saw a strange-colored bug I’ve never seen before…
25. My favorite teddy bear was nowhere to be found, but suddenly…
26. I felt as if I could fly…
27. I’m so excited because tomorrow I’ll finally meet my long lost cousin!
28. I always wondered what it would be like if it actually rained cats and dogs, then it happened.
29. I’ve always been afraid of spiders, but the world was counting on me, so I pushed through.
30. Suddenly, all the streets turned into rivers!
31. One minute, I was sitting quietly reading a book; the next thing I knew, I was running away from…
32. I can’t believe how fast the time went by when I was…
33. It was happening—I was finally going undercover as a spy on a top-secret mission.
34. I was just minding my own business when something stopped me in my tracks.
35. I was eating lunch with friends when I overheard them talking about a mysterious creature called a MarshCrawler.
36. I was playing hide-and-seek with my friend when I saw something I’ve never seen before.
37. I was doing my homework when I heard a loud crash downstairs.
38. On a camping trip with my family, we discovered a cave filled with the most beautiful treasures you’ve ever seen.
39. My dad taught me how to use a metal detector, and you’ll never believe what I found.
40. I had a dream last night where I was flying high above the clouds.
41. I was walking down Main Street when I spotted a man who looked exactly like my grandfather.
42. I was riding home after school when I came upon a group of kids throwing rocks at each other.
43. I was watching TV when I heard a knock at the door.
44. I was having dinner with some friends when I realized I’d left my wallet back at home.
45. Every story has a hero; this time it was me.
46. They still had a long way to go when it started snowing.
47. When I opened the front door, I saw someone I never expected.
48. I was given the gift of any wish in the world…
49. From the next room, I heard my little sister laughing hysterically.
50. I was walking around the neighborhood when I stumbled onto a secret passage.
51. I was taking a nap when I woke up to find myself surrounded by hundreds of people.
52. I tried desperately to persuade him, but he wouldn’t listen.
53. The day began normally until I noticed an odd smell coming from the kitchen sink.
54. We were driving along when I saw a huge black cloud heading our way.
55. Every day, the same strange thing happens…
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