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For And Against Essay Ideas For Children

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  1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn’t keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? Why?
  2. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Should you keep it or give it to a zoo? Why?
  3. Which is better: to be an only child or to have siblings? Why?
  4. Most parents don’t let their kids paint anything they want on their bedroom walls. Write a convincing argument to your parents explaining why you should be able to paint your bedroom however you want.
  5. Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.
  6. Imagine you worked at a football stadium. (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you think is the best job and why.
  7. Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Convince the reader that your favorite season is the best.
  8. Imagine a company is choosing one kids to visit the moon. Explain why you should be chosen for the trip.
  9. What is the best superpower to have? Why?
  10. Imagine a scientist has developed a special potion to make people invisible, but he’s not sure he wants to let people use it. Write an argument convincing the scientist why he should or should not let people use the potion.
  1. Imagine you want to run for school or class president. Why should your  classmates they should vote for you?
  2. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
  3. What is the best thing parents can do to their children?
  4. What three things are most important in your life?
  5. Which quality best describes your life–exciting, organized, dull–and why?
  6. Which quality do you dislike most about yourself–laziness, selfishness, childishness–and why?
  7. Which place would you most like to visit–Africa, China, Alaska–why?
  8. Which holiday has the most meaning for you-Canada Day, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day–and why?
  9. Which is least important to you–money, power, fame–and why?
  10. Which is most important to you–being popular, accomplishing things, being organized–and why?
  11. Which is your favorite Star Wars character (or other movie/book/t.v. show, etc.)? Why?
  12. Is it important to be honest? Why or why not?
  13. Is it important to have good manners? Why or why not?
  14. Is exercise important?  Why or why not?
  15. Why is it wise to save your money?
  16. Think of the best teacher you ever had. Why were they a good teacher?
  17. Do you think there is too much fighting on t.v. Why or why not?
  18. Do you think it is necessary to spend money to have a good time? Why or why not?
  19. Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners?
  20. Should there be a dress code in places such as school, restaurants, and places of business? Why or why not?
  21. Families are important because…
  22. Would you like to be famous? Why (What would you like to be famous for?) or why not?
  23. What 3 things have a strong influence on your life?
  24. Where would you prefer to be right now–mountains, desert, beach–and why?
  25. Should you have to do chores around the house? Why or why not?
  26. Should you be required to wear a bike helmet? Why or why not?
  27. Should skateboards be allowed on sidewalks?
  28. Where do you think we should go on our class fieldtrip this year? Why?
  29. Should you have to take tests in school?
  30. Should cell phones be allowed in school?
  31. Can television (or videogames) influence your behavior? How?
  32. Should schools be year-round? Why or why not?
  33. Should junk food be banned from schools? Why or why not?
  34. Should students be required to learn a second language? Why or why not?
  35. What is the best time of day?
  36. If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been?
  37. If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?
  38. If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to whom?
  39. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  40. If you received any sum of money as a gift, what would you do with it?
  41. If you could do whatever you wanted to right now, what would you do?
  42. If you were principal of this school, what would you do?
  43. If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
  44. If you were five years older you would…
  45. If you were lost in the woods and it got dark, what would you do?
  46. If it were your job to decide what shows can be on t.v., how would you choose?
  47. If there were no rules, what do you think would happen?
  48. If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from stealing from you?
  49. If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose and why?
  50. If you could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for?
  51. If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose?
  52. If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?

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Essay Topics for Kids That Help Sharpen Their Writing Skills

Writing essays is often a part of school projects, however, choosing from a variety of topics can be quite challenging. This list provides a range of such essay topics you can choose from.
Essays, which can be defined as interpretative or analytical literary compositions are a part and parcel of student life. However, majority of students do not realize the importance of essay writing and consider it to be a worthless activity. They do not understand that essay writing is important for developing their writing skills. Other than this, studies have proved that writing essays are also said to be important for the intellectual development and knowledge internalization in kids.
It not only aids in enhancing their analytical and critical thinking skills, but also their research skills. Hence, it is important to include essay writing for students from a very young age. This will help the kids to understand the basics of essay writing like formatting, sentence construction, organization of thoughts, etc. which will aid them further in the higher classes. Teachers should introduce essay writing to kids with easy topics, gradually moving to more complex topics, like, argumentative, persuasive, etc. which will not only help them in improving their language, but also their writing skills. Let us take a look at some of the school level topics.
It is always good to begin with essays where children can describe something. The topic should be about something that the kids already know, like, their home or family. Such type of essay topics will aid them to learn to organize their thoughts in a constructive manner. After children select their topic, they can make points about them, before actually writing the main essay. Here are some good essay topics that kids may find easy to write.
~ My Best Friend
~ My Favorite Sport
~ My Last Holiday
~ The Pet that I would Like to Have
~ What if I had Super Powers
~ My Mother/Father
~ Things I Like to do During My Pastime
~ The Most Special Day of My Life
~ The Person I Admire the Most
~ The First Day in My New School
~ Things I Did During Summer
~ A Dream I had Last Night
~ My Most Memorable Birthday
~ Qualities Required to Become a President
~ My Favorite TV Show
~ Things that I am Afraid of
~ A View from my Window
~ Living at a Bus Stop
~ My Favorite Food
~ My Hobby
~ What Will I Do When I Grow Up?
~ If I Became an Animal
~ The Most Interesting Book I have Read
~ If I Became Invisible
~ If I had a Magic Pen
~ If I Become Rich
~ What Makes Me Special?
~ An Eventful Day in My Life
~ If I Had Three Wishes, What Would I Wish For?
~ All The Things I Want to Do
~ What Would I Do If I Became Invisible for a Day?
~ My Space Adventure
~ A Rainy Day I Spent Alone
After descriptive essays, the next step will be argument essay writing. Argumentative essays are those where students have to put forth their point of view about a topic. However, it is important to remember that these essays cannot be based just on personal knowledge, rather kids have to find enough proof to support their opinions and thoughts.
~ Is Praying Beneficial?
~ Effect of Technology on Human Beings
~ Should Smoking in Public Be Banned?
~ Harmful Effects of Plastic Bags
~ How do Humans Affect the Environment
~ Reasons we Love Chocolate
~ Pros and Cons of Zoos
~ Mobile Phones - Necessity or Nuisance?
~ Is Destruction of Forests Affecting the Earth
~ Harmful Effects of Video Games
~ Is it Right to Kill Animals for Food and Clothing?
~ Should Bullying be Supported?
~ Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Important?
~ Global Warming and Deforestation
Persuasive essays are somewhat similar to argumentative essays, where students have to present their opinions on a topic. The difference is that the essay should persuade the readers to change their opinion about something after reading it. Hence, kids have to conduct thorough research before writing a persuasive essay.
~ Bilingual Education in school
~ Should the Government Ban Hunting?
~ 10 Pros and Cons of Capital Punishment
~ Are School Uniforms Good or Bad Idea
~ Are Exams Making Way for Too Much Stress for Children?
~ How Much is too Much homework
~ Why Helmets should be made Compulsory
~ Home is the best place to Spend a Thanksgiving Holiday
~ Cell Phones for Kids - Pros and Cons
~ Should Mothers Work or Stay at Home?
~ Animals Should Not be Caged
~ Can you Live Without Television?
Compare and Contrast Topics
Essays of this type prove to be a good exercise for kids where they learn to compare between two concepts, find the relations between two contrasting ideas, look at all aspects of a subject and understand it in different ways. Compare and contrast topics thus help build analytical skills in children.
~ Reading from Books vs. Reading Online
~ Harry Potter Books vs. Harry Potter Movies
~ American English vs. British English
~ Comparing two video games
~ Comparing two books
~ Comparison between two music genres
~ Comparing two athletes/sports figures
~ Comparison between two sports events (Wimbledon vs. French Open or NASCAR vs. Formula One)
~ Comparing two restaurants
~ Comparison between two ways to spend a holiday (going out vs. staying at home)
~ Urban Living vs. Rural Living
~ Being Rich vs. Being Famous
~ Comparing two similar/comparable feelings (being sad vs. being bored or being happy vs. being content)
~ Childhood vs. Teenage
~ Comparing two famous personalities
~ Your Real Home vs. Your Dream Home
~ Living on campus vs. Living off campus
This particular branch of essay writing tests the students' general knowledge and level of imagination. Students are expected to personify a living or non-living thing and write a description of that thing's life. All these essays are fictitious in nature. Autobiography essays are not based on any famous personalities. Some popular autobiography topics are:
~ Autobiography of a book
~ Autobiography of a pen
~ Autobiography of a tree
~ Autobiography of an animal/bird
~ Autobiography of a flower
~ Autobiography of a princess
~ Autobiography of a river
~ If given a chance, what would you do for the poor old man living down the street?
~ What would you do with all the Halloween candies that you collected this year?
~ Convincing parents for a picnic
~ Planning a surprise party for Dad
~ What would you do if you found yourself in the land of Lilliput?
~ Inventing an animal
~ How would you like to decorate your room?
~ Is it important for children to go to a boarding school?
~ If I were the Mayor
~ If I were the President
~ If I were a billionaire
~ If I were a tree
~ If I were a devil/an angel
These essay topics for kids can be altered slightly by the teacher as per the grade at which the children are studying. Teachers should also give the kids appropriate guidelines for each type of essay that they have to write. Practicing essay writing on these topics is a way of preparing kids to deal with more complex essay topics that they will encounter during their higher studies.

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