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ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry: Persuasive Essay

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and

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Topics

Points to Consider

  • Not everything is a persuasive topic. Some topics will not be arguable. 
  • Your topic should be neither too broad nor too narrow.
  • Consider your audience. You may want to avoid topics that deal with fixed beliefs like abortion, capital punishment, religion and so forth. People have spent many years deciding what they think about these topics and you are not likely to change their minds. Don't set yourself up to fail.

Places to Go for Topic Ideas‚Äč

  • See what's trending on Twitter.
  • Search Google -- you may find an organization's website that will help you broaden or narrow your topic.
  • Check out Wikipedia articles -- don't use the article in your speech, but the article may help you by identifying people, events and organizations.
  • Watch the news, or read a newspaper or current magazine.

Sources to consider for Topic Ideas:

Picking a Persuasive Topic - Some Examples

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  • Education: More awareness needs to be made about how are girls educated in third world countries. College should be free in the US.
  • Race: More training should be provided for teachers to understand a diverse student body. 
  • Health: Foods and drinks high in sugar content should be taxed heavily. 
  • Technology: The Internet has/or hasn't improved education. Using drones in private areas is an invasion of privacy.  Social media should be more tightly regulated.
  • Globalization: The United States should be less into the global market and keep more business at home. The US shouldn't trade with countries that allow child labor.

Recommended Databases

Hot Topics Research Guides from RCCC

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Find Your Topic

Before you start searching for sources, you need a clearer idea of what you want to find. Here's how:

  1. The table below is the TOPIC brainstorm. Under a column list words related to the category about your topic. Include relevant synonyms.
  2. Circle ideas that work well together. Do this multiple times to create different research topic choices.
  3. Choose one of the research topic choices to find sources for.
  4. See an example.

Here is a worksheet you can print.

Topic

Other

People or Places

Impact

Causes