Persuasive Writing Prompts: Middle School

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.

In middle school, persuasive writing will require more convincing and factual evidence than previous years. Students and teachers can use this article as a guide for some writing prompts that will help develop persuasive writing and critical thinking skills.

Banning Violent Video Games

First-person shooters and similar video games are often criticized for being excessively violent in the media. In your opinion, should there be a complete ban on these kinds of games? Discuss why a ban would benefit the population, or why it would take away from the freedom of speech in the United States.

You can borrow from this lesson to strengthen your essay as well: How to Write A Great Argument

Government Trust

Have you ever listened to the President, or a member of Congress deliver an address on TV? Have you questioned the honesty of their words? Write about your views on political leaders and whether or not they can be trusted. You can provide examples for either side, and use other examples to disprove the opposing point of view.

With's lesson about evaluating reasoning, you can help to build your essay into the most logical argument possible: How to Evaluate Reasoning

Most Important Class

Everyone has a favorite subject in school, but it might not be the most important one. In this essay, you can argue for which subject you think is most vital to learning in your grade. Discuss why it is important, and what benefits there will be to knowing this material outside of school. You can also dismiss other subjects and explain why one should be taught less than the subject you have chosen.

Learn how to properly organize your persuasion elements here: How to Structure an Argument

Fast Food and Your Health

As more people begin to choose healthier options for their diets, fast food companies continue to offer options that are full of fattening ingredients. Should these restaurants change their offerings completely, or begin to take an active role in catering to more health-conscious patrons? How will this change their business model, and can they survive in today's world?

Grab some tips on how to transition your argument topic sentences with this lesson: How to Write Strong Transitions

Building Your Essay

With at your disposal, each grade in middle school can seek extra help by picking one of these classes:

Each of the links above will send you to the Argumentative Writing chapters, where you can find help and review sessions on persuasive essays. The video lessons can be watched in any order you want, and the quizzes are provided to help you track your progress.

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