In order for something to be a good persuasive essay topic, it has to be an arguable issue. If it can be proven or is a fact everyone agrees on, it is not a good topic. So look for issues that people can debate. Most argument essay ideas fall into one of five categories
Definition: What is the real meaning of something. (example: What is the true meaning of Beauty, Truth, or Success)
Fact: What really happened? Or what is the truth? (example: Computers change the way people think)
Cause/Effect: What caused this to happen? or What effect did that have? ( example: Texting and cell phone use have caused young people to be less able to concentrate. Or you could argue that it has caused them to be able to handle multitasking more effectively and efficiently).
Policy: What should we do? (example: Schools should replace textbooks with e-books and iPad apps).
Value: What is important? (example: Texting and email is not as good as talking face to face).
Transition Words. Transition words, linking phrases, and questions show the connections between your ideas. Re-writing your topic sentences with transition words will make your whole essay more connected. I tell students that using transition words is the easiest way to bump up their essay grade.
An example of topic sentences using transition words and phrases:
Introduction idea: Recently, as we have all heard on the news, bullying and violence among school children seems to be increasingly on the rise, along with school shootings.
Thesis: Why is there an increase in violence? I believe it must be because children are watching more violent images at earlier ages
- As a matter of fact, because of new technology, young people have access to a lot more screen time than people of an earlier generation.
- Unfortunately, young people can't always tell between fiction and reality.
- In addition, watching violence desensitizes us to it.
- In consequence, some kids become obsessed with characters in video games and movies and sometimes act out what they see
Conclusion idea: Do we really care about our children? If we do, we need to limit the amount of violence children see on media.