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Try to Avoid Popular Persuasive Essay Topics

There are a number of persuasive essay topics that seem to be recycled year after year. Your teachers and professors loathe being faced with marking a paper they’ve seen hundreds of times over the course of their careers. Unfortunately, this lack of originality usually comes through in the grading of the paper and a lower than usual mark is sure to be the result.

So how do you keep it original?

Do your homework

While searching for a topic, be sure to spend a good few hours looking for the perfect one. By taking your time with the selection process, you are killing two birds with one stone.

  • First, you are getting familiar with your subject, which makes it easier to gain inspiration from the topics you notice.
  • Second, you are seeing past topics, and finding out what the trend seems to be. Avoid that trend! Take the road less travelled and come up with something creative and original.

Ask around

If you’re considering a persuasive essay topic you thought up, test is out on someone. Get a feel for whether the topic is:

  • Interesting to talk about
  • Able to strike a nerve in most people
  • Controversial enough to be interesting (especially if you’re taking the side of the minority)

This kind of research will prove to be invaluable when your writing begins. Be sure to take notes during this testing process.

Scanning through topic suggestion sites

Another way you can be sure you’re not taking on a topic that’s been done before is by scanning through topic suggestions on the web. However, this can be a long and gruelling process. If you want to save time, you can google the topic you’re considering and see if there’s anything similar online. If there isn’t, it’s probably safe to go ahead.

At the end of the day, your best way of making sure you don’t bore your teacher is by asking him or her what they would like to see in an essay. They don’t have to give you a topic directly, but a general idea of what they expect—and what they might cringe at—will give you a good idea of which direction to take. It never hurts to have plenty of open communication with your teacher, especially when it comes to homework.


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