Peer Pressure Essay Ideas

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Peer pressure is something generations of students have struggled with. A great way to provide students an outlet to explain the consequences of peer pressure in their own words is through essays. This can be an effective tool to assess writing skills, and give students a voice.

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure, both positive and negative, is something that affects everyone. Who hasn't pretended to like something we hate or attend an event because we feel pressure to do so? Since many young people live in a world where peer approval is key, there can be tremendous pressure to act a certain way.

A good way to help students really think about peer pressure and its effects is to have them analyze them and write essays. This gives them an opportunity to read sources talking about peer pressure, without it coming from you like a lecture. The following are some different topics and ideas.

General Essay Ideas

A good way to reach out to students for peer pressure essays is to throw out some general concepts for students to work on and analyze.

  • Peer pressure can be a positive influence. Explain how.
  • Adults can also be a part of the peer pressure cycle. Explain how.
  • Succumbing to peer pressure is not worth the consequences - why?
  • Discuss some of the consequences of peer pressure.
  • Is it ok if I peer pressure my friends as long as I am a positive influence? Why or why not?
  • Why does peer pressure happen?
  • Does age affect peer pressure? How?
  • Why type of peer pressure is worse? Name calling or insults, rejection from peers, or being persuaded by friends?
  • Are there any ideas about peer pressure that are false? What are they? Why do they exist?
  • Why is the need to fit in so fundamental?
  • How much do you think crime is affected by peer pressure? Support your argument.
  • How has peer pressure evolved in the last 20 years?

Compare and Contrast Essay Ideas

Compare and contrast essays can be a good way for students to see topics in a new light and become more objective about a subject. These essays can also be good for students to voice their own personal opinions about one side or another.

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