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Persuasive Essay Prompts For Elementary Students

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Here are 24 thought-provoking prompts to jump-start persuasive writing. The Common Core standards put a strong emphasis on persuasive writing skills. These prompts allow students to experiment with a variety of types of writing with a common purpose.

Print on card stock, laminate, and cut apart and you're ready to use these in a variety of ways! I've used them in my own classroom successfully in a few different ways:

•daily "do now" at the start of writing workshop
•independent center activity during writing or ELA
•resource for reluctant or "stuck" writers.
•prompt for writing homework
•pre- and post-assessment prompt before and after teaching persuasive writing unit
•straight-forward and valuable activity to leave in your sub-tub!

I've designed these prompts to be appropriate for different types of use--you could use them in a "quick-write" format, or to help students generate ideas for longer-term writing projects that they will bring through the writing cycle. These open-ended prompts are appropriate for a wide range of grade levels and abilities.

© Blair Turner 2012
Materials are intended for personal use.

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The Top 20 Best Persuasive Essay Topics For Elementary School

Even our youngest students are not immune from the pressures of essay writing. While it is good practice for their later education years, and for teaching them how to argue for what they believe in, getting them to choose a topic can be extremely difficult. The key to making this a rewarding and non-punishing experience for your child is to help them make it fun. Fun is definitely relative, but here are twenty of the best persuasive essay topics that can be used in elementary school:

  • Should students be permitted to have their cell phones with them during class?
  • The cafeteria is starting to serve ice cream as a dessert but only flavor will be offered. Write a letter to the principal explaining what your choice would be and why they should choose it.
  • You want a friend to spend the night on a school night. Create an argument that will sway your parents to let the sleepover happen.
  • Your summer vacation is coming up and you are going away with your family. You are only allowed to bring one of the following: coloring books, books, or action figures or dolls. Explain how and why you would choose.
  • Should your family make the move to a large city or to the country?
  • Which rule does your household have that you disagree with? Persuade your parents to reconsider their position.
  • Your family won the lottery. What should the money be used for?
  • Your class is burying a time capsule. What item should not be left out?
  • Why should you be allowed to have your own pet?
  • Vegetables should be grown by everyone at home.
  • It is time for me to stay at home by myself.
  • What field trip is the most interesting?
  • Should we have homework every night?
  • Why war is bad
  • Should there be a ban on junk food at school, even if it is sent with your lunch from home?
  • We need to save electricity. People use too much power.
  • Math is way too hard. We should not have to learn about it at all.
  • Should animals be kept in zoos or should they remain free?
  • What has more impact - recycling or donating?
  • It is better to live in the country than the city/ the city than the country.