Persuasive Writing Prompts
1. Should students be required to give a certain number of hours to community
service to graduate?
2. Should children age 16 and under be required to wear helmets while biking,
scooting, skateboarding, rollerblading, and skiing?
3. Should the school day be lengthened by two hours so that all students can get help
4. Should a 7:00 p.m. curfew be enforced for children age 16 and under?
5. Should the traditional classroom with live teachers be replaced with online
6. Should administrators be allowed to search your locker at school?
7. Should students in public schools wear uniforms?
8. Should the government be allowed to take away guns?
9. Should schools furnish more nutritious meals?
10. Should animals be used for research purposes?
11. Should school be held year round?
12. Should schools do away with grades?
13. Should people have the choice to end their own life?
14. Should schools teach religion?
15. Should schools teach sex education?
16. Should schools teach morality?
17. Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?
18. Should professional athletes be paid more than the president of the United States?
19. Should auto insurance be more expensive for males under the age of 21 than it is
for females of the same age?
20. Should prayer be allowed in public schools?
21. Should schools teach creationism?
22. Should students be required to take a physical education class to graduate?
23. Should the draft be reinstated?
24. Should the law allow same-sex marriages?
25. Should “one nation under God” be taken out of the pledge?
26. Should teenagers need parental consent for an abortion?
27. Should schools be allowed to block websites?
28. Should students be drug tested as part of registration?
29. Should public schools hand out condoms and birth control pills to students?
30. Should women be allowed to serve on the front lines in the military?
31. Should sports be eliminated from the school program to save money?
32. Should students keep the same teachers throughout the course of their high
33. Should students be required to maintain a C- or above average to take driver’s
34. Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
35. Should the government do away with the minimum wage?
36. Should stores be open on Sundays?
37. Should restaurant prices include the price of the tip?
38. Should students be required to pass a basic comprehensive exam to graduate?
39. Should the speed limit be raised from 55 to 65?
40. Should persons serving time in prison be allowed to receive free higher
41. Should restitution be paid to descendents whose ancestors were slaves?
42. Should colleges offer free education to persons who are Native American?
43. Should cloning be allowed?
44. Should Marijuana be legalized?
45. Should there be state and national standardized tests?
46. Should there be separate classrooms for male and female students in math and
47. Should teachers be tenured?
48. Should students be required to take a course in art and music to graduate?
49. Should the United States do away with unions?
50. Should students be required to take two years of foreign language to graduate?