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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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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.

Places to Go for Topic Ideas‚Äč

  • See what's trending on social media.
  • 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.

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