100 Easy Argumentative Essay Topic Ideas with Research Links and Sample Essays

Updated on November 28, 2017
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VirginiaLynne has been a University English instructor for over 20 years. She specializes in helping people write essays faster and easier.

Choosing an Easy Topic

Need a great argument topic? Below I give over 100 ideas. You'll write faster and easier if you pick a topic based on:

  • Knowledge: Picking a topic you already know a lot about can make research faster and easier.
  • Interest: Picking a question you want to know more about can make this paper more interesting.
  • Available Sources: I give links to many sources. Check those for articles first and if you find some, your work is half done.

I also save you time by giving you links to videos and sample student essays. Check out my guides for writing papers too. Good luck! If you get a good grade, be sure to come back and tell me!

What You'll Find in this Article:

1. Instructions for how to (and how not to) pick a topic.

2. Lists of topic ideas (in the categories of food and health, obesity and dieting, recycling and the environment, families and relationships, and science and technology, with videos and many links to research and student essay examples.

3. Step-by-step instructions for how to write your essay.

How to Pick a Good Topic

  1. Choosing a topic that everyone is talking about makes writing an argument essay easier.
  2. Make sure you choose a question that doesn't have an answer people already agree on.
  3. Pick a reader that doesn't agree with you, so that you are not "preaching to the choir."
  4. It also helps if the topic is something everyone has an opinion about: this will make it easier to get examples to back up your essay, either from articles or from people you interview.
  5. Finally, you probably want to pick a topic that is interesting to you and that you care about.

What Topics Not to Pick:

Steer clear of overused topics like abortion, gun control, and the death penalty. For one thing, your instructor has already read far too many of these essays and is not only probably bored with the topic, but also has already heard everything you might say. Moreover, although those may seem like easy topics, they really aren't, because most people are set in their ways about these issues and it is hard to think of an argument that might change their minds.

Sample Student Essays

  1. Is Deforestation Worth it? Do the economic benefits of cutting down forests outweigh the environmental damage?
  2. What is Love? What kind of love leads to a lasting relationship?
  3. Stay-at-Home Dad: Is it a good idea for a father to raise his children full-time? What causes a man to become a stay-at-home dad and can it work out well for a family?
  4. Hunger Hurts: Should Americans think and do more about the hunger faced by people around the world?

Obesity, Dieting and Food

Why are Americans rapidly becoming more obese?

  1. Why are Americans rapidly becoming more obese?
  2. What can be done to help children maintain a healthy weight?
  3. How can people lose weight and keep it off?
  4. Is weight gain caused by genetics, environment, or some other factor?
  5. How do naturally thin people stay that way?
  6. What is the relationship between food, exercise, and weight?
  7. Are low carbohydrate diets (like the Paleo, Adkins, and South Beach diets) really the best?
  8. Do planned-meal diets like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem really work to help people keep weight off?
  9. Why are Weight Watchers and other calorie-counting diets often considered the best by doctors?
  10. Is controlling weight really a matter of "calories in, calories out?"
  11. What is the best diet for a young adult?
  12. Can vegetarian diets be healthy?
  13. Why are so many people now choosing to go on gluten-free diets?
  14. Is sugar really bad for you?
  15. Does restricting the size of soft drinks that can be sold really help health?
  16. Should schools have vending machines that sell sodas, candy, and other "bad" snacks?
  17. What can schools do to promote better health in students?
  18. Does intermittent fasting really help you to be more fit?
  19. How can morbidly obese people lose weight safely?
  20. Is the T.V. show The Biggest Loser helpful in motivating people to be healthy? Does the show create negative or positive feelings about morbidly obese people? Does it exploit the contestants?
  21. What causes anorexia? How can it be prevented? How can you help an anorexic friend? Why are more young men becoming anorexic?
  22. What is morbid obesity? How does morbid obesity affect a person's health?
  23. What should we do about the cost of healthcare for overweight people? Should there be a greater insurance premium for people who are obese?
  24. Is surgery a good method for people to lose weight?
  25. Are sugar substitutes helpful for dieting?
  26. Is fat really bad for you? Is a low fat diet the best?

Research Articles on Obesity and Dieting

Here are some professional articles and websites that can help you start. Many of these articles contain links to other sources also.

Cure for Obesity?

Recycling and the Environment

Environmental essay idea: How dangerous is pollution to our health?  Do masks and filters really help?
Environmental essay idea: How dangerous is pollution to our health? Do masks and filters really help? | Source
  1. What can we do to help people around the world have clean water to drink?
  2. Is hunting good or bad for the environment?
  3. Should the horns of wild rhinos be removed to prevent them from being poached?
  4. Can we protect wild areas and animals by promoting eco-tourism?
  5. Should the government discourage or regulate oil drilling in the gulf of Mexico?
  6. What are the dangers of fracking?
  7. Does recycling really make a difference?
  8. Should all states adopt a deposit on soft drink bottles and cans in order to promote recycling?
  9. Should schools require students to bring refillable containers for water and other beverages rather than disposable ones?
  10. Should supermarkets charge for plastic bags in order to encourage the use of reusable bags?
  11. Should your city (or campus) do more to encourage recycling?
  12. What causes people to litter? What could motivate people to clean up after themselves?
  13. What causes earthquakes? What can we do to reduce death or damage from earthquakes? Or how can we better predict them?
  14. Does being a vegetarian or vegan help the environment?
  15. Can using LED lights make a difference?
  16. How can composting help save the environment?
  17. What is hazardous household waste and why is it important not to throw it in the regular trash?
  18. What is deforestation? How does it happen? Can it be stopped?
  19. What is fracking? Is fracking worth the risks? Does fracking hurt drinking water?
  20. What is a carbon footprint? How can we change our carbon footprint?
  21. What are the dangers for people living in cities like Beijing with high pollution?
  22. Is nuclear energy really safe?
  23. What should be done with nuclear waste?
  24. What is the best way to handle our trash? Are landfills a good idea?
  25. Where can we use solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources effectively? What is the best way to encourage alternative energy use? (Government regulations? Incentives? Helping companies that produce these products? Advertising?)

Environment Research Links

Families and Relationships

 Are family vacations important for families? How important are fathers in the emotional development of children?
Are family vacations important for families? How important are fathers in the emotional development of children? | Source
  1. Should mothers stay home with their children?
  2. Do long distance relationships work?
  3. How can divorce be prevented?
  4. Is divorce something that kids can recover from?
  5. Are teenage marriages a good idea?
  6. Should teenagers that get pregnant keep their children?
  7. How can you get out of "the friend zone"?
  8. How can you know you are in an abusive relationship? Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
  9. What are the effects of domestic violence on children?
  10. Who should do the chores in a family?
  11. What are helicopter parents and how do they help or harm their children?
  12. Is it good to be an only child?
  13. Is doing sports together a good thing for families?
  14. How have video games impacted family life?
  15. Why do some people treat their pets as family members? Is this a good or bad thing?
  16. How important are grandparents to children today?
  17. How does interracial adoption affect a family?
  18. Are large families better for children?
  19. How does birth order affect children?
  20. Do older people make better parents?
  21. Have cell phones and social media made families closer or not?
  22. How should (or shouldn't) you use social media in a dating relationship?
  23. How long should people date before they become engaged?
  24. What makes people have a happy, long-lasting marriage?
  25. Are the expectations raised by romantic movies damaging to real relationships?

Are Beauty Pageants Good for Kids?

Family and Relationship Research

"The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents" by Carl Pickhardt in Psychology Today, 2011.

"Mothers Who are Jealous of Their Daughters" by Karyl McBride in Psychology Today, October 21, 2013.

"Long Distance Relationship Benefits Include Greater Intimacy, Study Says" by Catherine Pearson in Huffington Post, July 18, 2013.

"7 Research-Based Principles for Making Marriage Work" by Margarita Tartakovsky.


Argument ideas about cell phones: Will phones and tablets replace paper?  Should cities invest in universal WiFi? Should schools allow cell phone use in class?
Argument ideas about cell phones: Will phones and tablets replace paper? Should cities invest in universal WiFi? Should schools allow cell phone use in class? | Source
  1. What is nanotechnology and how has it already changed our lives?
  2. How will nanotechnology affect dentistry or medicine?
  3. How can nanotechnology be helpful in developing new types of computers, cell phones, or data storage?
  4. Does using cell phones make people more or less connected?
  5. Do cell phones cause a cancer risk?
  6. What should the laws be concerning the use of cell phones while driving?
  7. Have social media and texting hurt or improved the lives of teenagers?
  8. Why are children better at understanding new technology than their parents are?
  9. Do violent video games cause people to act out violently?
  10. Should schools use video games as a teaching tool?
  11. Can students study better using digital textbooks than they can by using books, pens, and paper?
  12. Will paper and books become obsolete?
  13. What is the difference between reading on a screen and reading a book?
  14. Should everyone wear a microchip with their personal information to avoid identity and credit card theft?
  15. Should parents be able to choose the genetics of their children?
  16. Are smart watches going to replace cell phones?
  17. What is the next big leap in technology?
  18. Which is better, the PC or the Mac?
  19. If we can help people live longer through technology, should we? Is there a balance between quantity and quality of life?
  20. How can 3-D printers be used effectively?

Science and Technology Research

SciTech Daily: Science and new technology news and research reports.

CNN Technology News: Updates of the latest trends.

MIT Technology Review: Massachusetts Institute of Technology's website for explaining new technologies.

9 Gadgets (and Other Tech) to Be Excited About in 2015 by Darren Orf at Gizmodo: January 18, 2015.

Aging and Retirement

  1. With people living longer, should the retirement age be increased? If so, what should be the age when people get benefits?
  2. What is the best way to plan for retirement?
  3. Is long-term health care insurance a good thing to purchase?
  4. Are retirement communities a good choice for older people?
  5. How important is it to retire near family?
  6. Should older relatives expect to be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of another family member?
  7. Is a nursing home ever the best option?
  8. How much money do people need to save for retirement?
  9. Is the average lifespan going to continue to increase?
  10. Can we grow older without getting sicker?
  11. Is aging a disease?
  12. Will mushrooms help people fight aging?
  13. Can aging be reversed, or even cured in your lifetime?
  14. Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death for older people. What can be done to prevent falls?
  15. What causes some people to be able to live to be over 100?

Fast Paper Writing Instructions

If you want to write a quick and easy argument paper, follow these simple steps:

  1. Pick a topic question from the lists above.
  2. Decide your answer to the question (this is your beginning thesis).
  3. Write down everything you know about the topic.
  4. Talk to your friends or family to find out what they know, have heard, or have read recently about the topic (have them give you the source if they know it).
  5. Look at some of the research articles or web sites about that topic.
  6. Look back at your question and refine your answer. After gathering information, you may want to change it.
  7. Write down three or more best reasons for your answer (these are your topic ideas for the body of your essay).
  8. Using those reasons, look at the articles you've read or the ideas you've already written down for some evidence to support those reasons (this is the backup evidence for each topic sentence).
  9. Write your outline, then follow it to write your paper.

For more detailed essay instructions, see How to Write an Argument Essay, Step-by-Step.

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      I like DDLC and Monika is my Waifu 2 weeks ago

      I like this

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      aidan 5 weeks ago

      can you add topics about pitching

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      Virginia Kearney 3 months ago from United States

      Hi Ryan--I'll add some! Good idea! My students are mostly between 18-22, but many students writing argument essays are older.

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      Ryan 3 months ago

      I love your articles, they are really helpful to me.

      Virginia, Could you help me think of an argumentative topic about retirement age? I do not know how to write about it!


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      bill 3 months ago

      wow thanks virginia, this really helped me out!!!!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 months ago from United States

      Hi Stephen-I have several articles that tell you all of the steps you need to know for writing your argument paper. Just look at my profile or look at the articles linked to the side.

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      Stephen 4 months ago

      Ammmm can u tell me how or what to do after I chose a topic like getting info.

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      I LOVE RESEARCH 4 months ago

      wow, quite impressive. keep up the good work!! :)))))))))))

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      marisol 4 months ago

      this really helped me

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      aziza 4 months ago

      I would like to thank you so so much for these great topics.

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      Shaleeta 5 months ago

      This is a great resource. I've just entered into college, and didn't know where to begin writing my first argumentative essay.

      Thanks so much - voted up :)

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      Kennedy 5 months ago

      Do you know or have you written of anything to do with the argumentative essay of "should smoking be banned" because I have to do essays with research and I need some reliable sites

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      Virginia Kearney 5 months ago from United States

      Hi Aashi! I'm glad that younger students are finding my work too. Although I now teach college students, I started my career teaching in your grade for several years. I will have to put together some topics for primary grade students. Until then, you might want to look at my High School Topics, which have many ideas which are good for your age too.

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      Aashi 5 months ago

      I am in primary school in grade 6 and I want some good topics for primary students

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      Badass 7 months ago

      Good job making this page

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      Thea 8 months ago

      I don't know what to do at first. I was clueless and was browsing for answers but none of them made sense except for this. Thank you very much!

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      love 9 months ago

      I think the ideas are wonderful and are very helpful!

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      Beth 9 months ago

      I am a Junior in high school and I have to write an argumentative paper. Your insight on how to do so has been extremely helpful. I wanted to thank you for your intelligence on how to write an argumentative paper.

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      Ocean 10 months ago

      Thanks! This website was very useful for picking out a topic for my essay. Again, thank you for helping me out!

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      King of Stuff 12 months ago

      I find this website very interesting and helpful. Thank you for making it! Your tips on writing essays is really helping me out.


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      Mr. fluffypants 12 months ago

      I love this article. You have helped me with my school essay. Thank you!

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      letter pile 12 months ago

      I LOVE this website!!!! Thank you so much for writing it! It has helped me so much!

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      Virginia Kearney 13 months ago from United States

      Hi Nataly! You are welcome to shift the focus of the questions to whether governments should take action. My questions and topic ideas are just a starting point. I teach my students that there are a variety of ways to solve problems and one of those is by having governments or larger groups take action. However, I want my students to focus more on how they and their audience can personally take responsibility and action, so often my questions are more locally written. In my class, I focus on having my students address a very particular audience in their persuasive essays because effective arguments come from really thinking carefully about the viewpoint of the other person and developing points that would persuade that person. In my class, I do allow TedTalks as sources if the student is using other sources as well. However, I don't think all professors do accept that type of source. Most people who do TedTalks have written out their arguments in papers or books, so I'd suggest you research to see if there is an online paper you can cite as well.

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      Nataly 13 months ago

      Hello, Virginia!

      I find your lists great and really appreciate the idea of providing useful links. Still, I would rather shift the focus of some questions so that they ask students to think more globally, from the point of view of the state and the society. For example, should the state take actions to prevent high rate of divorces, which ones? Are people in developed states responsible for providing water and food to the starving people around the globe?, etc. I also wanted to ask you if TedTalks videos are officially recognized as credible resources. Have you ever heard of any cases when professors forbid to use it? Thank you for a good work!

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      Hulya Gulyurt 14 months ago

      This helped me so much with my homework, thank you!

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      Abdul 14 months ago

      Great Efforts ...Well done

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      kk 15 months ago

      i am a kid

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      vashan 16 months ago

      should guns be allowed on school campus

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      Virginia Kearney 18 months ago from United States

      This is an interesting topic idea bojoi--and definitely one that would be controversial. I'd love to hear how you would develop your thesis.

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      preetyradd 19 months ago

      i think this is cool i got a good grade on my essay thanks

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      Kanwal asif 19 months ago

      Thank u so much God bless u

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      Virginia Kearney 22 months ago from United States

      Glad this will help you three keys!

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      Threekeys 22 months ago from Australia

      Hi Virginia

      Im about to try out your suggestions in this great article. Im excited to see what the outcome will be in how I take a more pointed or comprehensive approach in a "written debate" so to speak. Thanks so much!

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      djazira k 2 years ago

      Thank you it is really helpful.

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      kamila 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for the topics

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      Trisha Roberts 3 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      Love the great ideas! Absolutely love the list you shared with us. Thank you so much for this Article!

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      Kalai 3 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

      Sometimes i find that the most easy or obvious topic the hardest to argue about. The less the words the greater the headache. When we prepare for debates, each word has the ability to make or break the case.

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      What an interesting range of ideas and tips! Massive thanks for writing this, pal! Voted up :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Victoria ;thanks for sharing and I vote up.


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is very useful to those who must teach essay writing (and to those who must write them). I know I will be using this next time I teach English Comp. Voted up++

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Wow! This is a very impressive list and great instructions. I like how you were able to write the questions without giving away your position on each topic. - Ginger

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. Fun ideas and great food for thought.