8th Grade Persuasive Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Persuasive writing can be a fun activity for students in 8th grade, but deciding on a topic can sometimes be a challenge. This article explores some interesting ideas.

Changing One Rule

Schools all come with strict sets of requirements for students to obey. If you were given the chance to change a single rule, what would it be? You will want to explain the problems with the rule as it is, why it should be removed, and why your changes are justified. If you plan on deleting the rule completely, think about a potential replacement rule.

Smoking Ban

Medical statistics about the effects of smoking are more readily available than ever before. With this in mind, should there be a complete ban on smoking in public locations? Consider which locations currently allow smoking, and which ones already have a ban in place. Do the health-related aspects of smoking bans outweigh any infringement on one's rights?

An Ideal Vacation

Your family has saved up for a dream getaway and they are looking for suggestions for a place to go. What would be your choice? You will need to provide a lot of supporting evidence to back up your decision - what kinds of activities will there be, and what will the weather be like? Why is your selected destination better than some other appealing vacation spots?

Youth Football

A ton of new information has come to light in recent years about the effects of concussions as the result of direct hits in football. Knowing this, should children be allowed to engage in the sport? Examine both sides of the issue and determine if you should argue in defense of kids preparing for a career in the sport, or suggest that developing brains should not be subjected to the kind of physical contact that's a part of football.

Persuasive Writing Help

Consider's Persuasive Writing Strategies and Persuasive Texts chapters to get some help with your persuasive writing. In these chapters you'll find short, engaging video lessons that have individual run times of only about eight minutes. After completing a lesson, you can take the accompanying short practice quiz. There are also chapter exams you can complete after the final lessons.

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