Informative Essay Topics for High School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

High school students are capable of doing sophisticated research and writing deeply about a variety of topics. These informative essays will help your high school students showcase their expertise and knowledge.

The Beauty of the Informative Essay

Have you ever noticed that your high school students sometimes know more than they give themselves credit for? By high school, many students are well-read and know information about a wide variety of topics. Furthermore, they are capable of doing extensive research and learning interesting things from diverse sources. One way that high school students can express their expertise while also practicing the writing process is by writing informative essays. Informative essays follow an essay structure while offering information from research and personal knowledge about a specific topic. They sometimes include more personal reflection on the topic than a traditional research paper would, but their major focus is on informing the reader about the topic. This lesson offers informative essay topics that will get your students going with their research and writing.

Informative Essays About Social Studies

  • Choose one historical figure who you think people should know more about. Write an essay that informs your readers about this person's life, why they matter, and what characteristics they displayed. Think about what you consider most important about the person's life and works.
  • Describe a place that is far away from your home and that you think would feel very different to you. Write an essay informing your readers not only about the geography of the place, but also the culture of the people who live there. Consider the ways that the place's geography overlaps with its culture and history.
  • What is an historical event that you think people should know more about? What do you think people should know about the event, and why? Your essay should also include what historical lessons you think people should take away from this event.
  • When we learn about history and economics, we often learn about 'isms.' These include nationalism, capitalism, and socialism, among so many others. Write an essay that describes one of these isms in detail, explaining its definition, its historical evolution, and examples of how it has played out in different contexts.
  • Choose one topic from history or social studies that is sometimes controversial. In your essay, inform readers of at least two different points of view on the topic. You do not have to advocate for one point of view over the other; instead, try to focus on providing a fair and balanced picture of what the different perspectives are and what merits they each have.

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