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75 Unique School Presentation Ideas and Topics Plus Templates
Are you tired of seeing the same PowerPoints repeating overused and unoriginal school presentation ideas covering repeated topics in your classes?
You know what I’m talking about; we’ve all been there, and sat through yawn-worthy demonstrations, slides, or presentation videos covering everything from the solar system, someone’s favorite pet, past presidents of a country, to why E=mC squared.
From grade school to university, first graders to college students, we are obligated to create, perform, and observe academic presentations across a plethora of curriculums and classes, and not all of these public speaking opportunities fall into the category of an ‘interesting topic’.
Yet, have no fear! Here at Piktochart, we are here to help you and your classmates. From giving examples of creative and even interactive presentation ideas, providing presentation videos , and suggesting interactive activities to give your five minutes of fame the ‘wow’ factor that it deserves, this article is your guide!
Our massive collection of unique school and college presentation ideas and templates applies if you’re:
- A teacher looking to make your class more engaging and fun with student presentations.
- A student who wants to impress your teacher and the rest of the class with a thought-provoking, interesting topic.
A Curated List of Interesting Topics for School Presentations
Did you know that when it comes to presentations , the more students involved improves retention? The more you know! Yet sometimes, you need a little help to get the wheels moving in your head for your next school presentation .
The great thing about these ideas and topics is you can present them either in face-to-face classes or virtual learning sessions.
Each school presentation idea or topic below also comes with a template that you can use. Create a free Piktochart account to try our presentation maker and get access to the high-quality version of the templates. You can also check out our Piktochart for Education plan .
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The templates are further divided into the following categories covering the most popular and best presentation topics. Click the links below to skip to a specific section.
- Unique science presentation topics to cultivate curiosity in class
- Engaging culture and history presentation ideas to draw inspiration from
- Health class presentation topics to help students make healthy lifestyle decisions
- Data visualization ideas to help students present an overwhelming amount of data and information into clear, engaging visuals
- First day of school activity ideas to foster classroom camaraderie
- Communication and media topics to teach students the importance of effective communication
- Topics to help students prepare for life after school
We hope this list will inspire you and help you nail your next school presentation activity.
Unique Science Presentation Topics to Cultivate Curiosity in Class
Science is a broad field and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with too many topics to choose for your next presentation.
Cultivate curiosity in the science classroom with the following unique and creative presentation ideas and topics:
1. Can life survive in space?
2. Do plants scream when they’re in pain?
3. What are the traits of successful inventors?
4. How vaccines work
5. Massive destruction of the Koala’s habitat in Australia
6. Left brain versus right brain
7. What are great sources of calcium?
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8. Recycling facts you need to know
9. Do you have what it takes to be a NASA astronaut?
10. The rise of robots and AI: Should we be afraid of them?
11. How far down does the sea go?
12. The stages of sleep
13. Will Mars be our home in 2028?
14. A quick look at laboratory safety rules
15. The first person in history to break the sound barrier
Engaging Culture and History Presentation Ideas to Draw Inspiration From
History is filled with equally inspiring and terrifying stories, and there are lessons that students can learn from the events of the past. Meanwhile, interactive presentations about culture help students learn and embrace diversity.
16. Women in history: A conversation through time
17. The sweet story of chocolate
18. A history lesson with a twist
19. The history of basketball
20. The origin of the Halloween celebration
21. AI History
22. What you need to know about New Zealand
23. 1883 volcanic eruption of Krakatoa
24. Roman structures: 2000 years of strength
25. The most famous art heists in history
26. Elmo: The story behind a child icon
27. 10 things you should know before you visit South Korea
28. 8 things you didn’t know about these 8 countries
Health Class Presentation Topics to Help Students Make Healthy Lifestyle Decisions
Want to learn how to engage students with healthcare topic ideas? Then consider using these templates for your next interactive presentation.
According to the CDC , school-based health education contributes to the development of functional health knowledge among students. It also helps them adapt and maintain health-promoting behaviors throughout their lives.
Not only will your presentation help with keeping students engaged, but you’ll also increase class involvement with the right slides.
The following examples of health and wellness interactive presentations include fun ideas and topics that are a good start.
29. How to look after your mental health?
30. The eradication of Polio
31. How to have a healthy lifestyle
32. 10 handwashing facts
33. Myths and facts about depression
34. Hacks for making fresh food last longer
35. Ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus
36. Mask protection in 5 simple steps
37. Everything you need to know about the flu
38. All about stress: Prevention, tips, and how to cope
39. The importance of sleep
40. Is milk tea bad for you?
41. How to boost happiness in 10 minutes
42. How dirty are debit and credit cards
43. Why do you need sunscreen protection
Data Visualization Ideas to Help Students Present Overwhelming Amounts of Data in Creative Ways
Data visualization is all about using visuals to make sense of data. Students need to pull the main points from their extensive research, and present them by story telling while being mindful of their classmates’ collective attention span.
As far as student assignments go, storytelling with data is a daunting task for students and teachers alike. To keep your audience interested, consider using a non linear presentation that presents key concepts in creative ways.
Inspire your class to be master data storytellers with the following data visualization ideas:
44. Are we slowly losing the Borneo rainforest?
45. Skateboard deck design over the years
46. Food waste during the Super Bowl
47. The weight of the tallest building in the world
48. Infographic about data and statistics
49. Stats about cyberbullying
50. How whales combat climate change
First Day of School Interactive Activity Ideas to Foster Whole-class-Camaraderie
Calling all teachers! Welcome your new students and start the school year with the following back-to-school creative presentation ideas and relevant templates for first-day-of-school activities.
These interactive presentations grab the attention of your students and are remarkably easy to execute (which is the main educator’s goal after all)!
51. Meet the teacher
52. Example: all about me
54. Tips on how to focus on schoolwork
55. Course plan and schedule
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56. Interpreting a student’s report card (for parents)
57. Introduction of classroom rules
58. Assignment schedule
59. Daily planner
60. Course syllabus presentation
61. How to write a class presentation
Topics to Teach Students the Importance of Effective Communication
Visual media helps students retain more of the concepts taught in the classroom. The following media topics and infographic templates can help you showcase complex concepts in a short amount of time.
In addition, interactive presentation activities using these templates also encourage the development of a holistic learning process in the classroom because they help focus on the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.
62. Interactive presentation do’s and don’ts
63. How to create an infographic
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64. How to improve your internet security and privacy
65. What is design thinking?
66. What are your favorite software tools to use in the classroom?
Presentation Topic Ideas to Help Students Prepare for Life After School
One of the things that makes teaching a rewarding career is seeing your students take the learning and knowledge you’ve instilled in them, and become successful, productive adults.
From pitching a business idea to starting your podcast, the following topics are good starting points to prepare students for the challenges after graduation (aka adulting 101):
67. How to make a resume
68. How to start a startup
69. Credit card vs. debit card
70. Pros and cons of cryptocurrency
71. How to save on travel
72. How to do a SWOT analysis
73. How to pitch a business idea
74. Habits of successful people
75. Starting your own podcast: A checklist
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Pro tip: make your presentation as interactive as possible. Students have an attention span of two to three minutes per year of age. To keep minds from wandering off, include some interactive games or activities in the lesson. For example, if you conducted a lesson on the respiratory system, you could ask them to practice breathing techniques.
Maintain eye contact with your students, and you’ll get instant feedback on how interested they are in the interactive presentation.
Make School Presentation Visuals Without the Hassle of Making Them From Scratch
School presentations, when done right, can help teachers engage their classes and improve students’ education effectively by presenting information using the right presentation topic.
If you’re pressed for time and resources to make your school presentation visuals , choose a template from Piktochart’s template gallery . Aside from the easy customization options, you can also print and download these templates to your preferred format.
Piktochart also professional templates to create infographics , posters , brochures , reports , and more.
Creating school-focused, engaging, and interactive presentations can be tedious at first, but with a little bit of research and Piktochart’s handy templates, you’re going to do a great job!
The future of learning is interactivity and collaboration.
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16 Ideas for Student Projects Using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms
July 31, 2016
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As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.
Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.
Annotated Bibliography By the time a student reaches the later years of high school, and certainly by the time she’s gotten to college, it’s likely that she’ll be required to write an annotated bibliography, a list of resources that not only includes the bibliographical information of each source, but also a short paragraph summarizing the resource and reflecting on its usefulness for a given project. Usually an annotated bibliography is required as a part of a larger research paper, but it could stand alone as an assignment that tasks students with seeking out and evaluating sources just for the practice of doing so. And the research tools in Google Docs allow students to locate, read, and cite their sources all in one place. To learn more, see this guide from Cornell University Library on How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography .
Book Review Instead of a book report, have students write a book review instead. This is certainly not a new idea, but publishing the work electronically allows students to enhance the final product with the book’s cover image, a link to the book’s page on Amazon, and even links to other titles the author has written or articles on related topics. For models and inspiration, elementary and middle school students can read student-written reviews on sites like Spaghetti Book Club . Older or advanced students might work toward more sophisticated, nuanced review styles like book reviews written on Oprah.com .
Collaborative Story Because Google Docs is cloud-based, multiple people can work on a Doc at the same time. So students can work together on a story, a script for a play, or any other kind of group writing project. They can use the comments feature to give each other feedback and make decisions together. And because students can work from any location with an Internet connection, collaboration isn’t restricted to school hours; each group member can work on the project from any location whenever they have time.
Media-Rich Research Paper Any kind of research paper can be given a big boost when done in a Google Doc, because students can insert images, drawings, and links to other relevant resources, like articles and videos. Using the research tools built into Docs, students can research their topics and include in-text citations with footnotes.
Super Simple Blog If you don’t want to mess with actual blogging platforms, but want students to be able to experience writing blog posts that contain images and hyperlinks to other websites, this could be accomplished easily in a single running Google Doc.
Table Being able to organize information visually is an important skill, and students who understand how to build a table in Google Docs will have a skill for presenting all kinds of information in the future. They can be used as a compare and contrast exercise, to display data from an experiment, or even put together a schedule. Yes, you could do these things yourself, print them, and have students fill them out, but why not have students practice creating the tables themselves?
Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story Because slides can contain hyperlinks to other slides, students could build a whole story where the reader chooses different options at key points in the story, leading them down completely different paths. The reader would consume the content as a slideshow, clicking on the links themselves as they go through. This could be a pretty massive undertaking, but we all know students who would be totally up for the challenge.
E-book These could take a variety of forms: mini-textbooks, children’s books, cookbooks or how-to manuals, personal art or writing portfolios, even yearbook-style memory books. To learn more about the possibilities, see my post from earlier this year on Student E-Books .
Magazine Along the same lines as an e-book, students could use a similar template to create a PDF magazine or newsletter that is shared online on a regular schedule. The possibilities here are endless, useful for student clubs or sports teams, classroom or grade-level newsletters, or magazines put out by groups of students who share a common interest, like gaming systems, soccer, or books.
Museum Kiosk Imagine if we could enhance science fair projects with a looping video display that provides the audience with vivid visuals and text about our topic. Or imagine an art show, where a self-running informational slideshow could be placed beside an art display to share the story behind the piece and photos of the work in progress? This is possible and EASY in Google Slides: Simply create a slideshow, then use the “Publish to the Web” feature to create a slideshow that auto-advances and has no need for a presenter. Pop that up on an iPad or laptop and you’re all set. This mock-up of a slideshow on Coral Reefs shows you what it could look like (click the image to open in a new window).
Short Film Students can upload their own images and add text boxes to a slideshow to create an animated story, then record the slideshow with a Google extension called Screencastify . They can either record their own voice as narration, add background music, or both. There are so many different kinds of films students could produce: illustrated stories or poems, final reflections for a 20 Time or Genius Hour project, video textbooks on content-related topics, or news-like feature stories of school or community events. In this quick sample, I added music from YouTube’s library of royalty-free music that anyone can use to enhance their recordings:
Video Tutorial Using the same screencasting software mentioned above, students could also create their own video tutorials by creating a Slides presentation on their topic (such as “How to Open a Combination Lock”), then recording the slideshow with narration. This would make a nice final product for a unit on informational writing or a way for students to demonstrate their learning at the end of a unit in science (“How to Take Care of Lab Equipment”), social studies (“How to Measure Distance on a Map”), or math (“How to Multiply Fractions”). Student-made tutorials could even be created to teach classroom procedures. And any tutorials students make could be stored for later, so other students can also benefit from them. Learn more about how Screencastify works right inside Chrome .
Peer Survey Whenever students need to gather data to support an argumentative essay or speech, let them gather data quickly and easily by creating a survey with Google Forms. Links to the survey can be sent out via email, QR codes , or through a post in a learning management system like Edmodo or Google Classroom. When results come in, students can use them to support whatever claim they are trying to make in their argument, or make adjustments based on what they discover in their research.
Feedback Form Have students provide feedback to each other’s presentations, speeches, even videos using Google Forms. Here’s how it would work: Each student creates her own form, asking for the kind of feedback she wants on the project. As other students view or the project, they can be sent to a form to offer praise or constructive criticism, which the creator would then be able to view privately and use to improve the project. Students could even use their feedback to write a reflection on their process after the project is done.
Quiz One great way to learn material is to create a test or quiz over the content. Have students use Google Forms to create their own multiple-choice, True/False, fill-in-the-blank, or open-ended quizzes on the content they are learning.
Visual Representation of Data Sets Whenever people enter responses to a Form, Google allows the form creator to view responses in charts and graphs. Have students gain a better understanding of how data can be represented visually by accepting responses (or entering their own fake ones) into a Form, then looking at how the numbers are represented in graphs. This could work well as a series of math lessons.
Way Beyond Worksheets
Just this morning on Twitter, someone posted a comment along these lines: “A worksheet on a Google Doc is STILL a worksheet. Students should be using tech to create!” I’ve heard this sentiment over and over, and it’s exactly why I’ve put this list together. Google offers some incredibly powerful tools if we know how to use them. I hope this list has given you a few new ideas to put into your students’ hands. ♦
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This is wonderful.
This is my first year teaching in an alternative high school. All students have IEP’s as well as social and emotional disabilities. I really want to focus on literacy as many are well below grade-level, ability wise. Writing of course is a big part of literacy. I’m looking for ideas that they can collaborate on, via Google Docs, Slides, etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Check out Boomwriter: A Fun Twist on Collaborative Writing . Lots of good resources there that you might like. Also take a look at Student-Made E-Books: A Beautiful Way to Demonstrate Learning .
I am an RSP teacher in Anaheim. For summer school I am going to have them build a “Bucket List” in Google slides.
Thanks for compiling these resources. I use many already but haven’t tried Screencastify yet. My district uses Google Classroom, but the forms app is blocked on student accounts- I think because it’s a perfect medium for under-the-radar cyberbullying (“How much do you hate Linda?…A little, a lot, a ton…”). Before teachers plan a lesson using forms, they should make sure the feature is enabled for students in their district. In my district, students can access forms and create them but they cannot send them to other students.
Thanks, Robyn. Good to know!
I love these ideas! You are so creative and now I have GREAT ideas for my SS project! Thanks! XD
this is all true
Our district is allowing extra credit this year and I have always been totally opposed to offering extra credit. These ideas are worth extra credit, and my focus this year is on what the students can teach me and the rest of their peers.
This gave me some good ideas for culminating activities. Thanks!
Thank you so much for sharing these ideas about creating projects by using the Google Drive! The middle school I teach at implemented a 1:1 program last year with Chromebooks, so the students have easy access to all of the Google apps. I had always grown up using Word docs and I was a little hesitant to start using Google docs at first. After just a few weeks, I absolutely fell in love with it! It is amazing how you can access all of your docs, forms, slides that you create from any device you’re using and the fact that everything automatically saves is just the cherry on top. I am grateful for this feature, especially working in a middle school where it is easy for students to forget to save something before exiting out. Although I teach Math, I found a lot of your project ideas to be utilized cross-curriculum and I truly appreciate it. I got my feet wet last year and had my students create google slides presentations in groups. At the beginning of this year, I started with a google form I created where students answered review questions from 6th grade Math. I love that when you get the results from all of the forms, you can easily see which areas students are struggling in and which areas they are proficient in because it is presented the results in graphs and charts. I just learned recently that you can create quizzes now, which is awesome because all of the testing in my district is done on the computers, so this will help prepare my students. I want to borrow your idea of having students create peer surveys that they can post on Google classroom in order to gather information and analyze results. This is a great skill for students to have. Thanks again, I truly enjoy reading your blogs!
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Great collection of resources! Easy to read and very helpful for teachers who often do not get the tutorials they need to instruct with GAFE. I particular like the Museum Kiosk idea. It will work great will my history classes.
Hi everyone! I also would like to suggest my own (free) templates site. Im designing these presentations using “free” resources from other sites such as FreePik, FlatIcon,… and I think the result is pretty good. I invite you to have a look. The site is https://slidesppt.com
In the section of student blog posts, can you clarify how all the students in one class could be writing and posting a running blog which everyone in the class can read and respond to ?
This is Holly Burcham, a Customer Experience Manager. The idea Jenn laid out here is to simply create a shared Google Doc where each student would basically be responsible for his/her own page (literally page 1, page 2, etc.). Within a shared Doc, everyone with permission can be in and typing at the same time. Once “posts” are written, students can go in and add comments to others’ work. The comments would show up in the margins and would be arranged by corresponding content, not time like a typical blog post.
But, as you can imagine, this could quickly become very convoluted and a bit messy. The thought behind using Docs as a student blog is more for writing practice, getting the feel for writing a blog post without doing the real thing…
So, if you’re interested in your students truly creating a blog, we highly recommend checking out Edublogs and Kidblog . Hope this helps!
How are these good for projects? you said that these are for kid presentations, all I see are essay templates and idea’s for teachers to map out their classroom jobs(other then the coral)
Hi, Isaac! I’m not sure what could be used to map out classroom jobs specifically from this post, and I think the ideas here go way beyond essay outlines–please get back to me to clarify exactly what you’re referring to, because we believe all the ideas here are good for student use. Thanks!
You might update this post. Google Forms now supports branching which would be much easier to create a “choose your own” adventure type experience.
Thanks for the suggestion. I can picture how that would work, yes, but I guess the aesthetic experience might be lacking in a Google Form. With Slides you have complete creative freedom to design the slides like a real book. I guess it would be a matter of personal preference?
Where do I go to find accessibility features of Google docs, slides, and forms? I am a teacher of the blind and visually impaired. This technology is wonderful but without the ability to navigate the site independently, my students are at a lost. Can you direct me?
Hi! A couple of things that may be of help: Go to “Tools” in the menu bar and select Voice Typing (use Google Chrome). You can also click on Add-Ons in the menu bar and add the Speech Recognition Soundwriter extension for free. Here’s a link to find more Google Accessibility features — you just have to spend a bit of time looking through the list to see what may be relevant to your needs. I hope this helps!
You can also combine Google forms and docs to simplify book reports for elementary students: https://electriceducator.blogspot.com/2016/03/elementary-book-report-machine.html?m=1
Is there an available rubric or assessment piece for the museum kiosk activity?
Hi Colleen! No, sorry, I don’t have anything on that!
Hi I am a teacher at a elementary school and I was wondering if you had any ideas for what I could do for an autobiography book report.
There really are so many things you can have the kids do — I would first think about what you’re expecting the kids to be able to do in the end. What will actually be assessed and what will they be accountable for? (I suggest checking out Understanding Backward Design if you haven’t already.) From there, they can choose how to present what they learned, meeting the assessment criteria. I think using some of the ideas in the Slides section of the post could work really well, especially Student Made E-Books , or making a short film.
Madison, I love the idea of using Google Slides for autobiography book report. I’m thinking about Jennifer’s Slides suggestions and just tailoring it to your book report criteria/rubric. Thoughts?
thank you very much!!
Thank you! I can’t wait to explore some of these options more. This list is very much appreciated! 🙂
I really appreciate your kindness and your efforts and I’m going to try everything you have mentioned in this wonderful article
Thanks. Higher Ed ESOL Prof -no lesson prep for me… but I DO have my reading list for the next several (10-12) hours! All suggestions added to the original post are appreciated.
I am a huge fan of Google resources, but you have showed me some new ways I can use these. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for some great ideas! I have another suggestion that I have used before- my students really liked it- a collaborative Google Slides presentation. I did this for types of organic molecules as an intro to organic chemistry. Each pair of students in the class was assigned a specific molecule to research. They had to create 1 slide with some specific information and add to a collaborative google slides presentation that I shared on Google Classroom. When the slideshow was complete, they could all access it, and they used it to take notes.
Great suggestion Susan! Thanks so much for sharing this idea.
I am wondering if I can find similar google instructions to send to my students now that we are teaching remotely and 90% of them probably don’t know how to use Google. This would be a fantastic use of their time. Thank you
Take a look at Jenn’s Google Drive Basics video course ! I think it’s got what you’re looking for – it’s for teachers and students!
I am thinking about doing a Rap Challenge in which they (as teams based on which class period they are in) create lyrics using WWII vocabulary we have used.
I create raps for my students and my though was that I would take parts of ALL of their submissions and create a WWII rap to add to the collection they have heard already.
Which of the Google Drive features would be my best bet for collaboration like that while the students are all working from home?
Hi Jim! I think this could be done in Google Docs pretty easily, as they are just writing a script, correct? If you want to share video or audio, you can just put these files into a shared folder in Drive and give all students access to those files. I hope this helps!
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Hi! I love this site. I am beginning to use technology in my higehr education classroom. Could you help me to suggest some kind of game to use in Communication Skilss? Thanks a lot
Hi! Check out our Gamification Pinterest board and see what might be relevant. Hope this helps!
I’m a college student (who is now a nanny which brought me to this page) and for the screen recording, I highly reccomend Loom over Screencastify. In my experience using both during the remote learning period, the video quality is much higher on Loom, the user interface is easier, and you can’t edit Screencastify videos in an external editor like iMovie. (I had to do a group presentation and since partner lived in Kuwait we used this vs Zoom, etc. to record the presentation since we weren’t recording at the same time. It was very difficult to figure out how to merge our parts of the presentation into a single file.)
Also with screencastify the time limit per video on the free version (5 min I think) was frustrating as my work was longer. May not be a problem for students but for educators using the tool who don’t have the premium, this could be highly inconvenient. With Loom there isn’t a time limit.
What an adventure for me, who’s relatively new to this google drive thing. Mind blowing resources. It’s amazing. I’m excited as to what I can do with and in google drive. I’m definitely taking it one day at a time, will surely enjoy this ‘CRUISE’. Thank you Jennifer.
What does it mean to type I am from Germany?
Hi Flannery! It can mean a few different things depending on the context–either typing on a keyboard or the “kind” of something (“What type of ice cream do you like?”). We’d love to give a specific answer, so please let us know which part of the post or which comment you saw that you’d like more clarification on. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing these ideas. July 2021
I love all the awesome ways to incorporate technology in the classroom. This post had so many options to choose from and some that I personally loved when I was in school. There are so many different ways to make learning fun with technology!
So glad you enjoyed the post!
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Minds in Bloom
By Rachel Lynette
72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know
Toss that test aside.
As we all know, students already get plenty of tests, so why not let your elementary students show what they learned creatively? Whether your students are reading independent books or your class has just finished an inquiry project on space or pioneers, a culminating project can really cement that learning. Whether you’re focused on building academics or building character, we have some great ideas!
Here are 72+ fun presentation ideas for elementary students to show what they know, including presentation ideas, simple service projects for schools, and community service projects. These ideas are perfect for making learning more engaging and fun for younger students.
Innovation Presentation Ideas (projects for elementary students)
- Create a poster
- Make a PowerPoint presentation – You can use presentation tools or templates to guide your students and make the process easier.
- Design a model
- Make a shoebox diorama
- Use a 3-panel display board
- Make a timeline
- Create a board game incorporating key elements
- Write a poem
- Write and perform a skit
- Make a TV or radio commercial
- Make a collage
- Make a mobile
- Create a test about the topic
- Make a word search
- Make a crossword puzzle
- Write a report
- Create a flow chart or diagram
- Write an interview of a relevant person
- Create questions and an answer key
- Write journal/diary entries
- Write a postcard or letter exchange
- Create a scrapbook
- Create a photo album
- Make an instructional video
- Give a presentation
- Create an interactive notebook
- Create a set of task cards
- Make a pamphlet or brochure
- Write a newspaper article
- Perform a puppet show
- Hold a debate
- Hold a mock court case
- Create an episode of a reality show
- Create a game show
- Have a panel discussion of “experts”
- Compose a rap or other song
- Use a Venn diagram to compare two aspects of the topic
- Design a comic strip about the topic
- Create a children’s story about the topic
- Create a map
- Write a fable or myth about the topic
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- Create a help wanted ad and a letter/resume to answer it
- Write a text message dialogue relevant to the topic
- Write a series of tweets relevant to the topic
- Create a Facebook wall relative to the topic
- Create a Pinterest board relative to the topic
- Start a blog or explore other website ideas for students to share their knowledge on the topic at hand
- Decorate a box and fill with relevant objects
- Create a foldable
- Create a flip book
- Create a Cootie Catcher
- Create a cereal based on the topic (cover a cereal box)
- Assemble a time capsule
- Create several bookmarks about different aspects of the topic
- Write a recipe relevant to the topic (good for showing causes of an event)
- Do a newscast
- Write an acrostic poem
- Create an Internet scavenger hunt
- Write an advice column with several problems related to the topic
- Create flash cards or trivia cards
- Create a cheer relevant to the topic
- Make a short documentary film
- Create a museum exhibit, an informational presentation format that doesn’t rely on technology, allowing students to express their understanding in a tangible, hands-on way
- Create a top 10 list relevant to the topic
- Create a simple video game
- Make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story
- Create a mini book with one fact/idea per page
- Create a glossary of relevant terms
- Make a paper chain with a different fact for each link
- Make a flower with a different fact for each petal
- Write a handbook or instruction book
- Create a newsletter
- Design a mural related to the topic
- Create a quiz show-style game for classmates to participate in
- Build a diorama using LEGO bricks or other building materials
- Develop a trivia board game related to the topic, like historical events
- Create an infographic to illustrate key concepts
- Design a 3D model or sculpture using clay, cardboard, or other materials
- Create a short animation or stop-motion video about the topic
- Organize a class art gallery featuring artwork inspired by the topic
- Make a digital storybook or eBook on the topic
- Write a series of short stories or a novella related to the topic
- Create a virtual reality experience or simulation about the topic
- Implement a Genius Hour where students can discuss their passions!
For High School and College Students
While the ideas above are mainly geared towards elementary students, middle school, high school, and college students can also benefit from exploring creative presentations and projects.
The following sections provide additional suggestions for older students looking for unique ways to showcase their knowledge.
Creative Presentation Ideas for High School and College Students
- Develop a multimedia presentation slides, PowerPoint, or Google Slides) using video, audio, and visual elements. The entire presentation can be recorded and the video presentation can be shared with the appropriate audience.
- Create an interactive website or blog to present the research or project
- Design an engaging infographic to illustrate key concepts
- Host a podcast episode or series related to the topic
- Collaborate with other students to create a short film or documentary
Creative Study Guide Ideas for High School and College Students
- Develop a mind map to connect and visualize key concepts
- Create flashcards with illustrations or mnemonics to aid memory
- Design a flowchart to outline the steps or stages of a process
- Develop an interactive quiz or game to test knowledge
- Collaborate with classmates to create a shared study guide or resource
Online Projects for Students (for use on various presentation websites)
- Create a virtual museum or gallery showcasing a specific topic or theme
- Develop a web-based learning module or tutorial
- Collaborate with other students to create a virtual event or conference
- Design a digital escape room focused on a particular subject. Read more about how you can make your own escape room !
- Play around with augmented reality! Read about Quiver.
- Create an online community or forum for discussing and sharing ideas related to a specific area of study
As you can see, there are numerous creative presentation ideas without PowerPoint that students can use to showcase their own learning and understanding. From elementary students to high school and college project ideas, these innovative activities provide a fun and engaging way to demonstrate learning and foster a deeper understanding of the material.
10 Simple Service Projects for Schools
- Organize a school supplies drive for a local school in need
- Set up a creative activities workshop for students at a nearby preschool or kindergarten
- Create a community service project focused on environmental conservation
- Partner with a local food bank to organize a food drive
- Volunteer at a local food pantry to help distribute goods to those in need
- Plan a school-wide clean-up day to beautify the campus
- Organize a clothing or toy drive for a local children’s shelter
- Develop a tutoring program for younger students in need of academic assistance
- Coordinate a school-wide recycling initiative to promote sustainability
- Host a charity fundraiser event to support a cause important to your school community
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September 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm
This is a great list to honor different learning styles! I recently blogged about how we used a jeopardy game to enhance learning the school code of conduct, and I'm always a fan of making class books to reinforce concepts! I'll be trying more of these – thanks, Rachel! Susanna Whimsy Workshop Teaching
November 21, 2016 at 7:51 am
Cool list guys! Really intrigued…cant wait to try some of them out…
November 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm
I already have the slogan for the cereal brand. It’s about The great fire of London btw. The slogan is “This will burn your mouth like it burned down 1300 homes”
January 30, 2023 at 6:34 am
September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
Wonderful ideas here! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
October 11, 2021 at 8:31 am
yes! very great ideas keep them coming thanks for sharing.😊
September 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm
Brilliant list! Wow! To answer your question; #8 yes #9 yes #24 – do that video one lot. LOVE these and will try many more. Feeling inspired 🙂
btw on #33? Well.. actually.. I created and produced an SBTV show called "Enlightenment Stew". 3 minute hodge podge of monologues every week full of humor/wisdom. Put my students on it a lot. We had a blast and report back was "We learn to much!"
This list is really cool.
September 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Love this list! I find it's best to give kids 3-5 choices. Otherwise they get overwhelmed! This list is great because it will help me change it up so the choices I offer aren't always the same ones.
October 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm
Funny…don't see take a state test…take a quarterly benchmark…take a unit pre/post test…sure wish we had time for these!
December 7, 2020 at 6:58 am
I don’t think tests are a way to show information, they’re more of a way to see if students understand what they’re doing.
February 15, 2021 at 7:06 am
Yes I agree
January 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm
Love this list! Thanks! I do assign a lot of these types of assignments already, but do find myself resorting to tests sometimes (although I like to use different, more "FUN" or in depth versions of tests) simply because our assessment policies indicate that we ought to only assess work that is done in class, i.e. that we can observe being completed so that we can assess the process & have conversations about the learning as well as to assess the final product. I have trouble, even when I tell students that work has to be done in class, and have routines to remind them to leave work in an assigned location each period, ensuring that no one takes it home. Then accusations about fairness begin. I'd love any suggestions! I teach middle school.
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March 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm
I used the wanted poster idea. My grade 2/3 students created wanted posters for 3-D shapes. They were able to use the attributes of the shapes to describe the wanted shape and had to find an example of that shape to add an image for the poster. We used it for an artwork piece by ripping the edges and staining them with tea to look old. Great media literacy(posters) activity as well as math. The whole school got involved when we posted them around the school. We had students dropping by the room all day long to show us the shapes they had captured for us. My students even made these students bringing us shapes count the vertices and faces to prove that they had captured the right shape. It really engaged everyone. I look forward to using some of your other great ideas.
May 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm
I love this!! I’m a pre-service teacher in 1st grade and may actually use this tomorrow in class! The art idea is very fun and I think this a great way to make math engaging.
May 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm
I’m excited to try this wanted poster idea!
April 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm
List is very useful.
December 30, 2016 at 9:15 am
So helpful! Many thanks!
February 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm
I love this. I used many of them when I was in school and teaching. They are all very helpful.
February 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm
thanks for the info.
September 26, 2017 at 3:08 am
Thank you for compiling such a thorough, and thoroughly useful, list.
March 16, 2018 at 9:10 am
March 17, 2018 at 5:15 am
It is awesome and very creative
May 18, 2018 at 8:45 am
Cool list. I’ll try these out.
September 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm
Wow! I really love this list! I’m a teacher in an elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and my students absolutely love these ideas. They enjoy writing fun little acrostic poems and what not and constantly say “Mrs Garcia, can we please do more!” It’s so great watching their eyes fill with understanding when they do these little tasks! My personal favourite is making a reality TV show. It really makes me laugh when I see a bunch of 9-year-olds acting in such a funny way! It really expresses their knowledge in a fun way that keeps them interested and keeps me happy! Thanks so much for this list.
June 24, 2019 at 3:46 am
Great list–I would never have thought of some of these!
November 13, 2019 at 1:54 am
Very nice Ideas regarding classroom projects. I think such projects if applied in classroom will make a big difference in teaching and learning.
December 2, 2019 at 7:47 am
This is a great list
December 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm
March 24, 2020 at 2:43 am
I like them all but I don’t have any supplies 😂
October 23, 2020 at 10:27 am
January 28, 2021 at 5:10 am
Good information. Thank you.
November 7, 2021 at 10:58 pm
Wow! Thank you for sharing this!
I actually enrolled my kids in the enrichment programs of http://www.georgia.edu.ph , an International School in the Philippines, so they can enhance their skills in the field of Arts and Music. Since you’ve mentioned that these creative ways can help me see the improvements i my child, we will definitely try them at home. Hope you can share more articles like soon, it really is very helpful for parents. More power to your blog!
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- Advertisements : create an advertising campaign to sell a product. The product can be real or imaginary. Try using this to teach persuasion, as an assignment for speech class, or to reinforce skills learned in a consumer class.
- Album Covers: create artwork for an album. The album may be connected to a skill (such a multiplication) and should demonstrate or explain how that skill is used. Or the album cover may be connected to a novel and the art work might present a relevant theme in the story. Another use would be to have students create natural disaster album covers in a science class where the cover would depict and explain the event.
- Autobiographies: write the story of your life. This assignment may help you teach autobiography or reinforce a broad range of writing skills.
- Awards: create awards to present to historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from a novel.
- Banners: create an informational banner. Students could create time lines of the American civil war or the Spanish alphabet.
- Bar Graphs: create illustrated bar graphs. These may be used to explore data sets, use statistics to support a point, or illustrate a growth or change in a market.
- Biographies: write the life story of someone else. It could be a friend, family member, historical figure, or a fictional character.
- Blogs: create blogs for literary characters or historical figures. Create an actual blog for free at blogger.com or just have students write and organize articles on white printer paper if the internet is not available.
- Blueprints: create blueprints or floor plans of a scene described in a novel, an historic setting, or an earthquake proof bridge or structure.
- Boardgames: create boardgames where students review course concepts. Game play should be based around answering review questions correctly.
- Book Clubs: Students read either novels or selections from the text book and discuss the readings in small groups. Students might be required to take notes about the discussion or provide an audio recording of the discussion as the artifact to be evaluated. Students might also create discussion questions beforehand and have these approved by the instructor. This activity may be applied to reading selections in any subject.
- Booklets: create an informational booklet. In the past I’ve had students create booklets showing comma rules, narrator’s perspective, genre, figurative language, and more. Booklets can be applied to almost any unit of study and all they require to make are some blank white printer paper folded in half, one of my favorites.
- Bookmarks: create illustrated bookmarks with relevant information. A bookmark might summarize previous chapters or contain the definitions of challenging vocabulary words.
- Brochures: brochures can be made as either tri-fold or bi-folds. Students can create informational brochure’s about geographic locations, a story’s setting, or a natural event such as how a tidal wave is formed or how the food chain works.
- Calendars: create a calendar charting the dates of key events. This can be applied to an historical event (like a famous battle), a scientific event (such a the path of Hurricane Katrina), or the sequence of events in story.
- Casting Calls: select people (fictional, famous, or otherwise) to play the role in a movie version of story or historic event. Explain which character traits were considered in each selection.
- Cheers: create a cheer explaining a scientific or mathematical process. Alternately, a cheer could summarize the events of a novel or an historic episode.
- Classified Ads: create classified type ads as seen in newspapers. It could be a wanted ad or a M4F type ad depending on the age of your students. Update the concept and have students create Craigslist ads or Ebay listings. Example applications include covering vocabulary words, introducing multiple characters in a drama, examining figures in an historical event, or studying endangered and extinct plants and animals.
- Coat of Arms: create a family coat of arms for a character from a novel or a person from history. A good activity for teaching symbolism.
- Collages: create a collage or collection of images related to a topic. Images can be hand drawn, printed, or clipped from a magazine or newspaper. These work best with large thematic ideas that give students the ability to maneuver, like a collage representing slavery, the 1920s, or an entire story.
- Comic Strips or Books: create an illustrated comic strip or book representing events from history or a work of fiction.
- Crossword Puzzles: create a crossword puzzle to review definitions of challenging vocabulary words. Great for science, social studies, reading, and even math terms.
- Diary Entries: create a diary entries for a person from history or a fictional character who experienced an historic event. Can also be applied to characters in a story or survivors of a disaster.
- Dramas: create a play. Students might adapt an existing story or create original works and plays can be centered around any event in history.
- Editorials: provide an opinion about a hot topic in history or science. Should the space program be reduced? Is US military intervention in current conflicts appropriate? Is global warming a concern?
- Fables: create fables that teach a lesson. Students may create illustrated story boards of their original fables or even dramatic adaptations which they then perform. A good character building activity.
- Flags: create a flag representing either an actual county (like Libya) or fictitious place (like Narnia). This project should be accompanied by a brief report explaining what ideas the colors and images on the flags represent.
- Flash Cards: create cards helpful for study and review. Flash cards can be created for any subject and topic.
- Flowcharts: students create flowcharts analyzing and representing a mathematical process, a natural event, or an event in history or literature.
- Glossaries: If students need to understand a large array of vocabulary words, consider having them construct glossaries to help them study and review.
- Hieroglyphics: create pictures that represent vocabulary words. Alternately, students could retell the events of a story or historical episode in simple pictures.
- ID Badges: create identification cards for characters from a work of literature or for people involved in an historical event. Include relevant details on the badges.
- Illustrated Quotes: Have students choose a meaningful quote from a text that they are reading. They should explain why the quote interests them and then write the quote on a blank sheet of paper and draw related images.
- Instructions: write instructions on how to perform an operation or experiment, diagram a sentence, or start a World War.
- Inventions: create and illustrate your new invention that address a problem in nature or society. Address environmental or sociological issues.
- Limericks: write limericks about events from history or scientific discoveries such as, “There once was a man named Sir Newton…”
- Magazines: create magazines covering large units of study such as the Industrial Revolution or Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, that way many articles can be written. Images may also be drawn or printed and added to the publication.
- Maps: create maps based on actual geographic or national boundaries and landmarks or maps illustrating the setting of a story and the journey of a character.
- Merit Badges: create vocabulary merit badges where the term is defined in three or fewer words and a small image is drawn to represent the definition.
- Movie Adaptations: plan a movie version of a novel, scientific discovery, or historical event. Pick who will play what role, plan scenes, write dialog, even create a soundtrack.
- Murals: create a mural or a large drawing of many images related to a larger idea. A mural about the Harlem Renaissance might contain images of Langston Hughes,Â Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois.
- Myths: write creation myths to account for scientific or historic events or for a creative writing assignment.
- Newscasts: deliver important information from literature, history, science, or math in the form of a newscast. Newscast can be prerecorded or presented live.
- Pen-pals: write letters to and from important people from history or the characters in a story.
- Poems and Raps: write a poem or rap reviewing any topic.
- Postcards: similar to the pen-pals assignment above, but postcards have illustrations representing thematic concepts.
- Posters: create posters to review skills. As a bonus, many of these posters can often be displayed during state tests, so if your students create high quality posters, the posters may be a useful resource during the test.
- Questionnaires: create a questionnaire and survey students to gather an understanding about thematic issues from a text or social problems for a speech or presentation.
- Radio Broadcasts: create a script for a radio program covering any appropriate field of study.
- Reader’s Theater: silently act out the events of a story or text alone or with a group of people while someone reads the text aloud. Students should be given time to prepare their acting.
- Recipes: students can create recipes about how atoms combine to form molecules (H2O), or how to create events like the French Revolution or World War I (add one Arch Duke).
- Scrapbooks: create a scrapbook of your favorite poems or important events from a decade.
- Skits: create a short skit to bring an historical event to life.
- Slide Shows: if you have access to enough computers and a projector, I suggest having students create PowerPoint presentations. With just a little instruction, students should be able to create pretty flashy presentations, and you can combine this project with a research paper as a culminating activity.
- Soundtracks: create a soundtrack for a movie version of a novel or historical or natural event. Use actual songs or just describe the mood of each song if you do not know song titles. Explain why you feel that each song matches the event. A good activity to review mood.
- Stamps: students create commemorative stamps honoring people, depicting elements from the periodic table, or challenging vocabulary terms.
- Storyboards: create story boards summarize a short story or to plan a narrative, movie, or presentation.
- Tests: write a test to help you review unit goals and objectives. Questions can be multiple choice, matching, and true or false. Answer keys should be provided.
- Vocabulary Quilts: create quilts with badges representing the meanings of vocabulary terms. Badges should have an image and a few words.
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It can be frustrating, right?
The blank page stares back at you, and the pressure to choose an engaging essay topic feels overwhelming. You want something that's not only interesting but also meaningful—a topic that will make your essay shine.
In this comprehensive blog post, we've compiled an extensive essay topics list that covers a wide range of subjects.
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Essay Topics for Kids
- The Benefits of Reading Books for Fun
- The Most Exciting Adventure I've Ever Had
- What Makes a Good Friend?
- My Favorite Hobby and Why I Love It
- If I Could Visit Any Place in the World, Where Would I Go?
- The Importance of Being Kind to Others
- My Role Model and Why I Look Up to Them
- How I Would Spend a Day Without Technology
- My Favorite Season and the Activities I Enjoy During It
- The Best Day of My Life and Why It Was Special
Essay Topics for Grade 3
- My Favorite Animal
- A Day at the Amusement Park
- If I Could Fly
- My Best Friend
- My Favorite Season
- A Special Family Tradition
- If I Found a Magic Wand
- The Importance of Being Kind
- My Dream House
- A Day in the Life of a Superhero
Essay Topics for Grade 4
- My Favorite Book and Why I Love It
- The Importance of Saving Money
- If I Could Travel Back in Time
- A Day Without Electricity
- My Favorite Food and How to Prepare It
- How I Would Spend a Day on a Deserted Island
- The Benefits of Homework and Studying
Essay Topics for Grade 5
- My Dream Vacation Destination
- The Impact of Technology on My Life
- The Importance of Environmental Conservation
- My Hobbies and Why They Matter
- If I Could Change One Thing About the World
- The Role of Friendship in My Life
- A Memorable Family Trip
- The Power of Imagination
- The Benefits of Physical Exercise
- A Day in the Life of My Favorite Book Character
Essay Topics for Grade 6
Let’s explore essay topics for middle school students in grade 6 here:
- My Personal Hero and Their Influence on Me
- The Challenges of Growing Up
- The Significance of Volunteering in the Community
- The Impact of Social Media on Society
- The Value of Setting Goals
- If I Could Invent a New Holiday
- The Role of Art and Music in My Life
- The Benefits of Traveling and Experiencing Different Cultures
- A Time I Overcame a Fear
- The Importance of Time Management
Essay Topics for Grade 7
- The Role of Technology in Education
- The Impact of Bullying and How to Prevent It
- The Value of a Good Education
- The Pros and Cons of Social Networking
- The Effects of Peer Pressure
- If I Could Change One Thing About My School
- The Benefits of Learning a Second Language
- The Importance of Financial Literacy
- A Time I Faced a Difficult Decision
- The Significance of Gender Equality
Essay Topics for Grade 8
- The Influence of Role Models in Our Lives
- The Impact of Climate Change on the Environment
- The Value of Diversity and Inclusion
- The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future
- The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills
- If I Could Travel to Any Period in History
- The Ethics of Animal Testing
- The Benefits of Team Sports
- A Time I Learned a Valuable Life Lesson
- The Significance of Freedom of Speech
Essay Topics for Grade 9
- The Power of Literature to Change Lives
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Society
- The Value of Civic Engagement
- The Role of Education in Achieving Success
- The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
- If I Could Meet Any Historical Figure
- The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
- The Importance of Financial Responsibility
- A Time I Overcame a Personal Challenge
- The Significance of Global Citizenship
Essay Topics for Grade 10
- The Influence of Media on Public Opinion
- The Impact of Climate Change Policies
- The Value of Ethical Leadership
- The Role of Science in Solving Global Challenges
- The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
- If I Could Change One Aspect of Society
- The Benefits of Learning a Third Language
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace
- A Time I Faced an Ethical Dilemma
- The Significance of Cultural Exchange Programs
Essay Topics for Grade 11
- The Role of Technology in Shaping the Job Market
- The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
- The Value of College Education in Career Development
- The Ethics of Bioengineering and Genetic Modification
- The Importance of Ethical Business Practices
- If I Could Travel to the Future
- The Benefits of Entrepreneurship
- The Significance of Political Engagement among Youth
- A Time I Challenged a Deeply Held Belief
- The Role of Art in Social Change
Essay Topics for Grade 12
- The Influence of Literature on Social Change
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment
- The Value of Critical Thinking in Decision-Making
- The Ethics of Privacy in the Digital Age
- The Importance of Environmental Sustainability
- If I Could Leave a Legacy for Future Generations
- The Benefits of Internships and Work Experience
- The Significance of Advocacy for Human Rights
- A Time I Took a Stand for a Cause
- The Role of Education in Shaping Values and Beliefs
Essay Topics for High School Students
Have a look at the following topics for high school essays to come up with your own ideas.
- Does the fashion industry need to change the way they advertise?
- Do beauty pageants carry any benefits for women?
- Should women get plastic surgery?
- What instigated World War 2?
- What do people mean when they say “Fake news?”
- Can constant use of drugs cause brain damage?
- Can gun control help in regulating crime?
- Is summer school designed to help children?
- Methods that are used by professionals to get their dream job.
- The ways to deal with on-campus violence.
Best College Essay Topics
- Role of Modern Media in contributing to eating disorders.
- Is technology turning people into zombies?
- Is censorship on the internet necessary?
- Will there be a 3rd World War?
- Should every student have the right to choose the discipline they are interested in?
- What does it take to become a politician?
- The reasons behind high unemployment rates.
- The aftermath of earthquakes.
- Which countries have the most corruption?
- Should there be a restriction on the sales and production of tobacco?
Essay Topics for University Students
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market.
- The Ethical Dilemmas of Human Gene Editing.
- The Role of Social Media in Shaping Political Movements.
- The Influence of Climate Change on Global Security.
- The Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Education.
- The Intersection of Technology and Mental Health.
- The Economic Implications of Renewable Energy Adoption.
- The Future of Space Exploration and Colonization.
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.
- The Cultural Significance of Contemporary Art Movements.
Essay Topics for Different Types of Essays
For writing an essay, the first step is to decide on the topic.
Here, you can find interesting topics and ideas for different types of essays to help you get started.
Controversial Argumentative Essay Topics
- Is Climate Change Primarily Caused by Human Activities?
- Should Affirmative Action Policies be Continued in College Admissions?
- Is Universal Healthcare a Viable Option for the United States?
- Should Euthanasia be Allowed for Severely Disabled Newborns?
- Is Genetic Engineering Ethical in Humans?
- Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 16?
- Is Internet Censorship Necessary to Protect National Security?
- Should Hate Speech be Protected as Free Speech?
- Does asking someone to reduce weight equate to body shaming?
- Should kids be allowed to adopt e-gaming as a progressive career?
Funny Argumentative Essay Topics
- Is pizza a proper breakfast food, and why should it be?
- Should cats be considered superior to dogs as household pets?
- Is it ethical for a sock to vanish in the laundry, and where do they go?
- Are aliens avoiding Earth because they fear our reality TV shows?
- Can you survive a zombie apocalypse using only office supplies?
- Is procrastination an art form, and how can you perfect it?
- Should kids' cartoons be considered educational for adults?
- Can you convince your boss that napping at work increases productivity?
- Is laughter truly the best medicine, and can it cure anything?
- Can you convince your roommate that washing dishes is an ancient martial art?
In need of more debatable essay topics? We have a comprehensive list of more excellent argumentative essay topics to assist you.
Persuasive Essay Topics
- Should Recycling Be Mandatory in Every Household?
- Is Single-Use Plastic a Menace to the Environment, and Should It Be Banned?
- Should Schools Implement Uniform Dress Codes to Promote Equality?
- Is Standardized Testing an Effective Measure of Student Knowledge?
- Is Online Learning as Effective as Traditional Classroom Education?
- Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory for All Children to Ensure Public Health?
- Is Animal Testing Justified in the Name of Scientific Progress?
- Should Governments Impose Higher Taxes on Junk Food and Sugary Drinks?
- Is Social Media Detrimental to Mental Health, and Should It Be Regulated?
- Should College Athletes Be Paid for Their Participation in Sports?
Read our comprehensive guide to persuasive essay topics to find a trending topic or a good idea for your paper.
Cause and Effect Essay Topics
- Causes and Effects of Stress in Modern Society
- The Consequences of Bullying on Mental Health
- Environmental Pollution: Causes, Effects, and Solutions
- The Influence of Parental Divorce on Children's Well-being
- The Causes and Effects of Obesity in Developed Countries
- The Causes and Effects of Economic Inequality
- The Causes and Consequences of Academic Procrastination
- The Impact of Social Pressure on Teenagers' Decision-Making
- The Causes and Effects of Drug Addiction
- The Influence of Early Education on a Child's Future Success
Check out this comprehensive guide on 100+ cause and effect essay topics for more ideas.
Compare and Contrast Essay Topics
- Comparison of High School vs. College Life
- Contrast of Traditional Education vs. Online Learning
- Comparison of Two Major Religions: Christianity vs. Islam
- Contrasting the Novels of Jane Austen vs. Emily Brontë
- Comparing Two Art Movements: Renaissance vs. Baroque
- Contrasting Classical Music vs. Jazz
- Comparing Two Smartphone Brands: iPhone vs. Android
- Contrast of Two Political Systems: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism
- Comparison of Traditional Medicine vs. Modern Medicine
- Comparing the Characters of Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story
If you need more ideas, here are some interesting compare contrast essay topics for your help.
Narrative Essay Topics
- My First Day of School: A Memorable Experience
- The Day I Overcame My Greatest Fear
- The Most Important Lesson I Learned from a Family Member
- The Time I Achieved a Personal Goal, I Never Thought Possible
- The Day I Discovered My Passion for a Hobby or Interest
- The Impact of a Life-Altering Event on My Perspective
- The Story Behind My Most Prized Possession
- My Experience as a Volunteer or in Community Service
- The Day I Realized the Power of Kindness
- A Special Bond I Share with a Childhood Friend
Need more topics? Check out this extensive blog on narrative essay topics for your next assignment.
Expository Essay Topics
- The Impact of Technology on Society: Past, Present, and Future
- The Process of Photosynthesis and Its Importance in Nature
- The History and Significance of the Industrial Revolution
- Understanding the Basics of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology
- The Role of Education in Shaping Future Career Success
- The Significance of Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World
- Exploring the Psychology of Human Behavior and Decision-Making
- The Process of How a Bill Becomes a Law in Government
- The Role of Renewable Energy Sources in Combating Climate Change
- Understanding the History and Culture of a Specific Country or Region
Here are some more intriguing expository essay topics to assist you.
Rhetorical Analysis Essay Topics
- Evaluating the Persuasive Strategies in a Self-Help Book or Article
- Examining the Rhetoric of a Famous Political Campaign Ad
- Analyzing the Persuasive Techniques in a TED Talk of Your Choice
- Analyzing the Rhetoric of a Controversial News Article
- Evaluating the Persuasive Techniques in a Super Bowl Commercial
- Examining the Rhetorical Appeals in a Famous Courtroom Speech
- Evaluating the Use of Rhetorical Devices in a Political Debate
- Analyzing the Persuasive Strategies in a Feminist Manifesto
- Evaluating the Rhetorical Appeals in a Social Justice Speech
- Examining the Rhetorical Techniques in a Historical Letter or Document
Check out this extensive blog on 100+ rhetorical analysis essay topics for more topics.
Analytical Essay Topics
- The impact of Martin Luther King's speech “I have a dream” on modern American politics
- The significance of Pablo Picasso's artwork “The Old Guitarist”
- Important characteristics of Denzel Washington Speech at the University Of Pennsylvania
- Impact of the psychoanalytic theory on modern psychology
- The impact of Romeo and Juliet on the modern concept of love
- The significance of national security strategy 2018 on great power politics
- How does the author's treatment of the subject matter in “The Catcher in the Rye” differ from that in “The Great Gatsby”?
- How are the characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” used to illustrate different aspects of racial prejudice in America during the 1930s?
- How is the treatment of love different in Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” and “Othello”?
- How does the author use symbolism to develop the theme of good vs. evil in “The Scarlet Letter”?
Explore the blog to get some more ideas about interesting analytical essay topics .
Descriptive Essay Topics
- A Walk Through a Peaceful Forest in Autumn
- A Vibrant Farmers' Market on a Saturday Morning
- A Day at the Beach: Sun, Sand, and Waves
- The Serene Beauty of a Starry Night Sky
- A Memorable Childhood Christmas Morning
- The Sights and Sounds of a Carnival or Fair
- The First Day of Spring: Nature's Reawakening
- A Visit to a Historical Landmark or Museum
- A Gourmet Dining Experience at Your Favorite Restaurant
- The Excitement of a Music Concert or Festival
Check out this extensive list of descriptive essay topics ideas for your help.
Informative Essay Topics
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market
- The History and Cultural Significance of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics
- The Benefits and Risks of Gene Editing Technology
- Exploring Renewable Energy Sources: Solar, Wind, and Hydroelectric Power
- The Effects of Climate Change on Polar Ice Caps and Wildlife
- A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Time Management
- Exploring the Role of Nutrition in Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
- The Significance of Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future
- The Origins and Cultural Significance of a Traditional Festival
- A Guide to Sustainable Farming and Agriculture Practices
Here’s a comprehensive list of interesting, 100+ informative essay topics .
Definition Essay Topics
- The Meaning of "Success" in Modern Society
- Defining the Concept of "Love" in All Its Forms
- The True Definition of "Friendship"
- The Ever-Changing Meaning of "Freedom"
- Exploring the Notion of "Happiness"
- Defining "Cultural Diversity" and Its Importance
- The Multifaceted Definition of "Beauty"
- The Various Interpretations of "Justice"
- Understanding "Mental Health" and Its Stigma
- Defining "Leadership" and Its Qualities
- The Meaning of "Sustainability" in Environmental Contexts
- Exploring the Concept of "Feminism"
- Defining "Social Media" and Its Impact
- The True Definition of "Equality"
- Exploring the Meaning of "Art" in Contemporary Culture
Problem Solution Essay Topics
- How to prevent social media bullying?
- How to help a depressed person?
- How texting affects face-to-face relationships?
- How to prevent injuries in sports?
- How can parents teach their children about time management?
- How to deal with manipulative and dominating people?
- How can schools and colleges be made safer?
- How to prevent deaths due to drunk driving?
- How to help families with a child with mental illness?
- How to stop violence in schools?
Personal Essay Topics
- A person you admire the most.
- Are you addicted to games?
- How did you learn to draw?
- What is your life’s goal?
- Things you hate the most?
- Why do I prefer online shopping?
- Your biggest achievement.
- What does success mean to you?
- What annoys you the most?
- Why is volunteering important?
Proposal Essay Topics
- Promoting Sustainable Transportation
- Enhancing Cybersecurity Education
- Implementing Recycling Programs in Schools
- Reducing Plastic Waste in the Community
- Supporting Small Local Businesses
- Improving Mental Health Support in Schools
- Implementing Renewable Energy Initiatives
- Enhancing Campus Sustainability Efforts
- Combating Food Insecurity in Underserved Communities
- Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace
Evaluation Essay Topics
- Evaluate the effectiveness of online learning compared to traditional classroom education.
- Evaluate the impact of social media on interpersonal relationships and communication.
- Assess the quality and impact of a recent movie or television series.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a specific diet or nutrition plan for weight loss.
- Assess the environmental impact of electric vehicles compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars.
- Evaluate the performance and features of a popular smartphone or electronic gadget.
- Assess the impact of a particular social or political policy on society.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a marketing campaign for a well-known brand.
- Assess the impact of a recent technological advancement on daily life.
- Evaluate the quality and impact of a famous work of literature or art.
Process Analysis Essay Topics
- How to Plan and Organize a Successful Study Group.
- The Process of Making Homemade Pizza from Scratch.
- Steps to Mastering a Musical Instrument.
- How to Write a Winning College Application Essay.
- The Process of Brewing Your Own Craft Beer.
- Steps to Launching a Small Business Online.
- How to Effectively Manage Time and Prioritize Tasks.
- The Art of DIY Home Renovation.
- The Process of Creating a Stunning Piece of Art.
- How to Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
Check out some other process analysis essay topics for inspiration!
Illustration Essay Topics
- Illustrate the Impact of Technology on Everyday Life.
- Illustrate the Traits of a Successful Leader.
- The Role of Music in Shaping Emotions and Moods.
- Illustrate the Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle.
- The Influence of Social Media on Personal Relationships.
- Illustrate the Impact of Cultural Diversity in a Community.
- The Importance of Effective Communication in the Workplace.
- Illustrate the Evolution of Fashion Trends Over the Decades.
- The Characteristics of a Memorable Family Vacation.
- Illustrate the Process of Achieving a Personal Goal.
Here’s a list of some more creative and engaging illustration essay topics .
Exploratory Essay Topics
- Exploring the Causes and Effects of Climate Change.
- The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market: An Exploration.
- Exploring the Role of Media in Shaping Public Opinion.
- The Influence of Nature vs. Nurture on Human Behavior.
- An Exploration of the Ethics of Genetic Engineering.
- The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health: An In-Depth Examination.
- Exploring the Challenges and Benefits of Online Education.
- An Exploration of the Implications of Universal Basic Income.
- The Dynamics of Family Relationships: An In-Depth Analysis.
- Exploring the Impact of Literature and Art on Society.
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Classification Essay Topics
- Types of Pet Owners: A Classification.
- Classification of Musical Genres: From Classical to Hip-Hop.
- Types of Travelers: Exploring the Adventurer, Relaxer, and Culture Enthusiast.
- Classifying Different Types of Social Media Users.
- Types of Students in a Classroom: From the Overachiever to the Laid-Back.
- Classifying Different Styles of Fashion: Bohemian, Classic, and Trendy.
- Types of Moviegoers: The Action Lover, Rom-Com Fan, and Film Buff.
- Classifying Different Forms of Exercise: Yoga, Weightlifting, and Cardio.
- Types of Foodies: From Gourmet Enthusiasts to Fast Food Lovers.
- Classifying Various Types of Vehicles: Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles
Check out other compelling classification essay topics for more ideas.
Synthesis Essay Topics
- The Electoral College as a tool to determine the outcome of Presidential elections.
- Predicting animal adaptation by examining various evolutionary theories.
- A side-by-side analysis of the theories behind JFK's shooting
- Economic and social impacts of proposed legislation by Donald Trump
- Comparing plans to attract more visitors and create business opportunities.
- Examining crime rates in urban locations and the countryside
- Analysis of different theories on the causes of the Great Depression
- An account of the American Civil War from historical texts
- A synthesis of different theories of motivation to create behavioral change
- A unified approach to managing diabetes by examining global research from around the world
- The scientific method as a means of acquiring knowledge
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Essay Topics by Subjects
Students are often asked by teachers to write essays on a variety of topics related to a particular subject.
The sheer number of discussion areas can be overwhelming for students, making it difficult to choose a good essay topic.
This list of essay topics by subject can help you narrow down your choices and find a topic that is both interesting and relevant to your studies.
Essay Topics on Languages
- The change of language over time.
- The use of text messages has ruined the modern language: is it true?
- How to explore new languages.
- Neuro-linguistic programming and how it works.
- Physical communication or verbal communication: which is effective?
- Explore the ways in which people can communicate.
- Benefits of learning a second language.
- Explain how learning languages work.
- Is learning a new language in high school important?
- Why is English important?
Essay Topics on Social Media
- Influence of social media on youth.
- What are the cons of social media?
- Should texting and driving be illegal?
- The impact of social media on the life of teenagers.
- How does social media affect the relationship between parents and children?
- Does social media like Pinterest should be used in the classrooms?
- How to handle the problem of being bullied through social media?
- What rules should students follow when posting to social media?
Essay Topics on Technology
- Technology and the global economy.
- The positives and effects of technology.
- The role of 3-D printing in Medicine.
- What science has to offer to disabled people?
- Face detection software and the problem of identity theft.
- Adding connectivity to our home devices: is it helpful or not?
- Cloud computing and artificial intelligence
- How has technology changed our life?
- Life without technology
- Technology has its own rules
Essay Topics on Current Affairs
- The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lessons Learned.
- Climate Change and Its Effects on Biodiversity and Weather Patterns.
- The Role of Social Media in Shaping Modern Political Discourse.
- Cybersecurity Threats in the Digital Age and Strategies for Protection.
- The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Work.
- The Refugee Crisis: Challenges, Solutions, and Global Responsibility.
- Racial and Social Justice Movements in the 21st Century.
- The Geopolitical Impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative.
- The Rise of Populism and Nationalism in Western Democracies.
- The Implications of Space Exploration and Colonization for Humanity.
Essay Topics on Corruption
- The Impact of Corruption on Economic Development
- The Relationship Between Corruption and Inequality
- The Role of the Media in Combating Corruption
- The Impact of Corruption on Political Stability
- The Relationship Between Corruption and Crime
- The Use of Technology in Combating Corruption
- International Cooperation in Combating Corruption
- The Private Sector and Combating Corruption
- Civil Society and Combating Corruption
- The Causes of Corruption
Essay Topics on Climate Change
- The effects of climate change on human health
- The impact of climate change on global food security
- The economic impacts of climate change
- The role of the media in communicating the risks of climate change
- The ethical implications of climate change
- The Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture
- The Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife
- The Potential Solutions to Climate Change
- The Challenges in Implementing Solutions to Climate Change
- The Role of the Individual in Solving Climate Change
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- The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Well-being.
- Social Media's Role in Shaping Political Discourse and Activism.
- The Effects of Social Media on Interpersonal Relationships.
- Cyberbullying and Online Harassment: Challenges and Solutions.
- Privacy Concerns in the Age of Social Media: Balancing Sharing and Security.
- Social Media Influencers: Their Influence and Responsibilities.
- The Use of Social Media in Education: Pros and Cons.
- Social Media Marketing: Strategies, Trends, and Ethics.
- Fake News and Misinformation on Social Media: The Role of Fact-Checking.
- The Future of Social Media: Emerging Trends and Technologies.
Essay Topics on Democracy
- The Evolution of Democracy: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times.
- The Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century.
- The Role of Media in Sustaining a Healthy Democracy.
- Democracy and Its Implications for Economic Development.
- Electoral Systems: Comparing First-Past-The-Post and Proportional Representation.
- The Influence of Money in Politics and Its Impact on Democracy.
- Direct vs. Representative Democracy: Which Is More Effective?
- The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Democracy.
- The Importance of Civic Education in Sustaining Democracy.
- Threats to Democracy: Populism, Authoritarianism, and Erosion of Institutions.
Essay Topics on Covid-19
- The current COVID-19 pandemic
- COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on families
- Coronavirus and its medication
- How does coronavirus damage a person's health?
- How did the world change after the coronavirus?
- Negative side effects of Covid-19
- Everything you need to know about the coronavirus
- How did Covid-19 impact businesses?
- What medicines are good for coronavirus?
- How does covid-19 lead to cabin fever and anxiety symptoms?
Essay Topics on Social Issues
- The Impact of Social Media on Social Isolation and Loneliness.
- Homelessness in Urban Centers: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions.
- Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: Analyzing the Data.
- Gender Inequality in the Workplace: Progress and Challenges.
- The Opioid Epidemic: Root Causes and Approaches to Combat It.
- Environmental Racism: Communities at Risk.
- Access to Healthcare: A Basic Human Right or a Privilege?
- Bullying in Schools: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention.
- Immigration Policies and Their Effects on Society.
- Aging Population: Challenges and Opportunities in an Aging Society
Essay Topics on Current Issues
- The Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Future Preparedness.
- Climate Change and the Urgency for Sustainable Solutions.
- Cybersecurity Threats in the Modern World: Protecting Digital Assets.
- Vaccine Hesitancy and Public Health: Addressing Misinformation.
- The Role of Big Tech in Shaping the Digital Landscape.
- Refugee Crises Around the World: Seeking Global Solutions.
- Income Inequality: The Wealth Gap and Its Social Implications.
- Political Polarization and Its Impact on Governance.
- Food Security: Feeding the World's Growing Population.
- The Ethics of AI and Automation in the Workforce.
Essay Topics About Mental Health
- The prevalence of mental health disorders in the United States.
- The impact of mental health disorders on individuals and society.
- The causes of mental health disorders.
- The treatments available for mental health disorders.
- The challenges faced by individuals with mental health disorders.
- CBT for obsessive compulsive disorders
- Role of Antidepressants in treating Depression
- Impact of noise pollution on mental health
- Social media use leads to negative self-esteem
- Attachment issues in adults are related to childhood parenting issues
Essay Topics about Music
- The Influence of Music on Mood and Emotions.
- The Evolution of Hip-Hop Culture.
- The Impact of Music on Social Movements.
- The Role of Music in Different Cultures.
- The Connection Between Music and Memory.
- The Influence of Music on Fashion and Style.
- Music and Its Effects on Brain Development in Children.
- The Significance of Music Festivals in Modern Culture.
- Music Therapy: Healing through Sound.
- The Impact of Technology on the Music Industry.
Essay Topics About Love
- The Different Types of Love: Exploring Romantic, Familial, and Platonic Love.
- The Impact of Love on Mental and Physical Health.
- Love in Literature: Analyzing Famous Love Stories in Classic Novels.
- The Role of Love in Shaping Our Personal Identities.
- Unconditional Love: Examining the Bonds Between Parents and Children.
- The Evolution of Love in the Digital Age: Online Dating and Relationships.
- Love and Self-Esteem: How Our Self-Perception Affects Our Ability to Love.
- The Connection Between Love and Empathy in Human Relationships.
- Love and Attachment Styles: Understanding How We Form Connections.
- The Cultural Variations in Expressing and Experiencing Love.
Essay Topics About Yourself
- Introduce yourself in a unique way that captures your reader's attention.
- Discuss an accomplishment that you are proud of, and how it has shaped who you are today.
- Describe a time when you faced a challenge, and how you overcame it.
- Share an experience that has helped to shape your values and beliefs.
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your career aspirations?
- Describe a time when you faced a challenge and how you coped with it.
- Tell us about a time when you were proud of yourself and why.
- What are your plans for the future?
Essay Topics About the Environment
- The Impact of Climate Change on Global Weather Patterns.
- Deforestation and Its Effects on Biodiversity.
- The Role of Renewable Energy Sources in Combating Climate Change.
- Plastic Pollution: Analyzing the Impact on Marine Ecosystems.
- The Importance of Environmental Education in Schools.
- Urbanization and Its Environmental Consequences.
- Sustainable Agriculture: Balancing Food Production and Environmental Conservation.
- The Significance of Wildlife Conservation and Preservation.
- The Ethics of Animal Testing in Scientific Research.
- Environmental Justice: Addressing Disparities in Environmental Quality.
General Essay Topics
- The Impact of Video Games on College Students.
- The Importance of Physical Education in Schools.
- Social Media Platforms and their Influence.
- Negative Impact of Social Media on Students.
- Public Schools vs. Private Schools: A Comparative Analysis.
- Analyzing College Students' Point of View on Video Game Addiction.
- Persuading for Environmental Conservation.
- The Role of Social Media in Modern Marketing.
- The Impact of Technology on the Job Market.
- Analyzing Point of View in a Legal Context.
Tips for Choosing the Best Topic
Choosing the right topic for your essay is a critical step in the essay writing process. It sets the tone for your work and can greatly impact your ability to engage your readers. Here are some tips to help you select the best topic:
- Consider Your Interests
Start by thinking about your own interests and passions. Writing about a topic you're enthusiastic about will make the entire process more enjoyable and may result in a more engaging piece.
- Narrow or Broad
Decide whether you want a broad or narrow topic. Broad topics allow for a wide range of discussion, while narrow ones allow for deeper exploration of specific aspects. Your choice depends on your assignment and word limit.
Consider the relevance of the topic to your audience and context. Is it something your readers will find interesting or valuable? Is it aligned with the purpose of your essay, whether it's informative, persuasive, or analytical?
- Research Availability
Ensure there's enough research material available on the topic. If you're writing a research-based essay, it's crucial to have access to credible sources to support your arguments.
- Audience Considerations
Tailor your topic to your target audience. Consider their interests, knowledge level, and preferences when choosing a subject that will resonate with them.
- Current Events
If it's appropriate for your essay type, explore current events and trending topics. They can add relevance and timeliness to your writing.
Spend some time brainstorming ideas. Create lists, mind maps, or free-write to generate a variety of potential topics. Don't censor yourself during this process; just let the ideas flow.
In conclusion, selecting the best topic for your essay is a pivotal decision that can significantly impact the quality and engagement level of your writing.
By considering your interests, you can set yourself up for success in crafting an exceptional essay.
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4 Engaging Writing Tasks for High School Students
Short, authentic writing tasks can encourage high school students to compose richer long pieces.
It’s quite likely that many of your students dislike writing. After all, they’re often expected to compose lengthy pieces that typically require lots of brainstorming, researching, planning, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing—and that can be exhausting. My class of high school boys had the same attitude, and their short, underdeveloped, and passionless pieces were most telling. I had to overhaul my approach.
During my quest for an alternative practice, I quickly learned that by building students’ knowledge about the topic on which they are expected to compose, and by initially assigning them shorter and more authentic writing tasks, we can successfully motivate them to write longer, richer, and more compelling multiparagraph pieces. Yes, baby steps—from a creep to a stable walk—can work wonders.
Incorporate Knowledge-Building Activities
Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler said it best in The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades : “Writing and content knowledge are intimately related. You can’t write well about something you don’t know well. The more students know about a topic before they begin to write, the better they will be able to write about it.”
Documentaries, podcasts, TED Talks, and other authentic and engaging audiovisuals can facilitate this knowledge building. Field trips, as well as interviews with relevant community-based experts, can also offer students significant fodder for their writing.
Moreover, when students have interesting discoveries to share, they’ll be excited about the writing tasks, and their compositions are likely to be longer, more detailed, more affecting, and more compelling. Because they have a rich knowledge bank, they’re less likely to get stuck and frustrated as they write. Knowledge stimulates ideas.
But information gathering is not all. It’s also important to show students how to use the newly learned content. We don’t want them to plagiarize information or inadvertently silence their own voices by over-quoting others. Their research should enhance what they write, not substitute for their initial thoughts or suppress their creativity.
What can you do then?
Go beyond lessons in citation format. Model, through write-aloud, how to make decisions about the content included in written work, how to paraphrase and summarize from the original source, and how to ensure that the added content actually strengthens what you already have.
Offer Authentically Rooted Writing Assignments
Finally, make sure that the writing assignments are authentic—with realistic, real-world communicative goals and true-to-life audiences (not just the classroom teacher). Here are some suggestions that you can implement in your teaching practice:
Travel blogs: Take students on virtual field trips. Nearpod , Google Earth, and YouTube are excellent for this. Following this activity, have students write a blog post to describe the place they visited. If your students have visited resorts or attraction sites locally, they could write about that experience, recommend activities for prospective visitors, and simultaneously persuade them to visit when it is safe to do so.
Their insights might even persuade others to travel to this site. Students could use pictures to supplement their writing. They could also convert their written piece into a mini-video production for a real or imagined YouTube channel that promotes exotic getaways. Their composition would become the audio narration, and, with some background reggae, R & B, or any other culturally popular music, their piece would be beautifully transformed into a riveting marketing pitch.
Movie reviews: Due to the pandemic, we know that many of our students may be watching far more movies than ever before. Therefore, let’s repurpose this social activity and use what they love or do for pleasure to help them refine a key academic skill. Have students write a review of their most recently watched or favorite film.
Prompt them to provide a summary of the movie, share their impressions of major characters and the plot’s unfolding, and examine the techniques used to create suspense and mounting tension. Later, when they’re writing their own narratives or putting on drama productions, they can adopt and adapt some of these techniques.
Song or music video reviews: Some students enjoy listening to music, so a song or music video review could also motivate them and facilitate interest-based differentiation. State where the review may be published—a local tabloid, a social media page, etc. Have students keep that in mind as they write so that their finished pieces are authentic and fitting for the context and audience intended.
Social media: Based on your content area, you could have students make discipline-specific posts and write related captions. For instance, if you are looking at rocks in geography or soil types in science, have students photograph different types and post related descriptive or explanatory captions. They’ll be learning and teaching concurrently.
Provide Mentor Texts
These activities are exciting, but before you scuttle off to assign them, find or create models of the kinds of writing that you want your students to produce. Discuss the sample by prompting students to keenly attend to the content and the writer’s craft (style and techniques) throughout the piece.
Finally, make arrangements to have your students publish their pieces—through a safe online space or through an in-school magazine or newsletter—for authenticity at its finest.
101 Great Essay Writing Topics for Students
Before you sit down to write, you need a topic, and these essay writing topics can help you get started.
Writing an essay is an important skill for high school and college students. Essays show a writer’s ability to think through a topic, explore their point of view and persuade or inform others of that. Yet, finding essay writing topics can feel vague.
This list will help students find the right topic for a descriptive essay or argumentative essay. It outlines a number of hot topics that students can delve into in order to express their opinions and showcase their writing skills. You can use these to practice your essay writing skills or as prompts for you or students.
1. Is Climate Change Real?
2. the benefits (or drawbacks) of homework , 3. a funny childhood memory, 4. video game addiction, 5. the role of pets in our lives, 6. my summer vacation, 7. a personal victory or success, 8. what will life be like in 2050, 9. a trip to the museum, 10. describe meeting a famous person, 11. the impact of social media on tweens, 12. importance of school uniforms, 13. extracurricular activities: essential or optional, 14. favorite book and its impact, 15. the influence of celebrities on youth, 16. the significance of recreational activities, 17. if i were the principal of my school, 18. why the sale and production of tobacco should get banned, 19. should every country have the death sentence, 20. is homeschooling better or worse than public school, 21. is the us election process fair, 22. how can we reduce climate change, 23. your responsibility in climate change, 24. are you politically influenced by media, 25. feminism then and now, 26. the impact of immigration on host countries, 27. are environmentalist groups doing the wrong protests, 28. should we cancel cancel culture, 29. is artificial intelligence a boon or bane to society, 30. is genetic engineering ethical, 31. the role of social movements in social change, 32. censorship in media: necessary or suppressive, 33. is technology making education lazy, 34. are we supposed to share culture, 35. why soda should not be on fast food kids meals, 36. illegal immigrants should not be jailed, 37. breastfeeding in public should be considered normal, 38. why gun control is needed, 39. a turning point in your life, 40. should religion be taught in schools, 41. recycling should be compulsory, 42. colleges are becoming business driven, 43. the necessity of art in education, 44. the importance of space exploration, 45. the future of renewable energy, 46. fast fashion’s environmental impact, 47. social media and its influence on body image, 48. the role of social media in interpersonal relationships, 49. the consequences of cyberbullying, 50. the relevance of standardized testing today, 51. the influence of video games on youth behavior, 52. homework vs. class assignments, 53. social media vs. in-person interaction, 54. physical education vs. nutritional education, 55. life before and after the internet, 56. right side vs left side of the brian thinkers, 57. tea vs coffee, 58. fashion today vs 20 years ago, 59. ebooks vs. physical books, 60. urban vs. rural living, 61. traditional vs. digital art, 62. freelance vs. full-time employment, 63. western vs. eastern philosophies, 64. democracy vs. dictatorship, 65. introverts vs. extroverts, 66. working in your country vs. working abroad, 67. science fiction vs. fantasy, 68. public vs. private healthcare, 69. first day of school memories, 70. a memorable act of kindness, 71. your best or worst holiday, 72. an experience with peer pressure, 73. a surprising event or change of fortune., 74. your first teacher, 75. your idea of the perfect day, 76. imagine a week without the internet or technology, 77. a day you overcame rejection, 78. overcoming my fear, 79. the day i lost my first pet, 80. that someone who influenced me, 81. the most embarrassing moment, 82. the time i stood up for what i believe, 83. the invention i wish i had thought of, 84. an unexpected friendship, 85. the day that defined my future, 86. how is global warming changing the environment, 87. the causes of world war ii, 88. what is racism, and how are people sometimes unaware of it, 89. does free will exist, 90. what reading means to me, 91. the role of journalists and the media, 92. animal testing should be banned, 93. why do teenagers commit suicide, 94. the role of the united nations, 95. the history and impact of the internet, 96. why is financial literacy crucial today, 97. the importance of technology in healthcare, 98. the rise of electric vehicles, 99. an analysis of a popular tv show, 100. the value of learning a second language, 101. the stigma around mental health, a final word on the best essay writing topics, what are some topics for a persuasive essay, what are some good topics for an essay, essay writing resources, best essay writing topics for middle school students.
If you are picking an essay for a 7th or 8th-grade student, the topic needs to be something that students in that age range are interested in. This will help them want to do the research and explore their ideas. This age range will often write expository essays or narrative essays, rather than persuasive ones.
Here are some essay topics to consider:
Climate change is a hot topic with middle schoolers, and this essay topic idea lets them explore it. This essay topic can work well for a persuasive, informative, or cause-and-effect essay.
Few middle school students enjoy homework, but this can be a great way to get them to dig into why the education system relies on homework. Students can give their opinions about the need for homework or why homework should be eliminated.
Middle school students who are not ready to write on argumentative essay topics can practice their English essay writing skills by writing about a funny thing that happened as a child. This topic should focus on entertaining, engaging storytelling.
Many young students spend a lot of time playing video games, and this can translate into an essay topic. Exploring the mental health effects of too much video gameplay is a good option. Ask them to write about games they live or spend too much time playing.
Do you have a pet at home that you can’t imagine not being there when you return? How do you treat it, and do you think of your pet as a best friend? Opt for a cause-and-effect essay on the role of pets in our lives to showcase this bond. Then, include the positive effects of owning a pet. Don’t forget to talk about the responsibilities that come with it.
This is a staple choice of teachers everywhere, particularly after the summer break. All younger students can write essays easily enough about how they spent a few weeks off school and where they went. Perhaps it was time with a family member or a best friend? There is a good reason that many elementary and middle school teachers assign this as a writing assignment at the start of school.
A student could start writing this essay by writing about when they felt like all was lost. Then, they could describe how they picked themselves up off the dirt and achieved a victory.
Will we find solutions to the problems we face today, like poverty and homelessness? Will technology enrich our lives further or be the cause of new issues?
Many young students often think about the future, and this topic allows them to let their imaginations run loose.
This way, they can express their ideas on how the world will look like in a few decades. It also gives you insight into the child’s personality. Do they see the positives in everything, or are they a bit more realistic?
As children, we loved going to the museum. Even today, it’s interesting to look at historical art, sculptures, and old vehicles.
This essay topic works exceptionally well right after a school holiday. Maybe the young student just witnessed some of the best historical pieces. Writing about this topic allows them to reconnect with the emotions they felt.
In this essay, ask students what they liked most about visiting the museum, what important lessons they learned, and how they felt in the moment.
We all have favorite celebrities that we’d love to meet. This could be an actor, musician, or athlete.
In this essay topic, ask students to describe what it’s like to meet a famous person. How would they feel, what questions would the student ask them, and what activities would they do together?
By asking your student to write the essay as descriptively as possible, they’ll experience the positive emotions associated with meeting their idol.
For this prompt, your goal is to explore the balance between the good, the bad, and the unknown in social media platforms. As a middle schooler, you know better than anyone how integral social media is in your daily life. Think about it – how many people your age don’t have a phone connected to the internet?
A cause-and-effect essay on this subject will allow you to investigate how social networking systems influence people. Self-reflect and analyze how social media sites affect your feelings, friendships, and even schoolwork.
Have you ever wondered why some schools insist on their students having uniforms? This is despite other schools being more lenient and letting their students wear whatever they want. If you are, then satiate your curiosity via this prompt.
An argumentative essay will help you understand both sides of the debate. You can discuss why schools make uniforms mandatory or optional and investigate how uniforms affect students’ behavior, academic performance, and school pride.
Are you a part of your school’s sports team or another club, or do you prefer to focus your time on academics only? If you have ever wondered what extracurricular activities are for, use this prompt to write an informative essay on the importance of extracurricular activities.
Write about the exact details of the role of extracurricular activities in a student’s overall development. Explore and add the benefits and drawbacks of these activities as well. Through your essay, other students can make informed choices about how they spend their time at school.
Books are all about exploration. When you use books for school, they aim to make you more knowledgeable. But they are also doors to fantasy lands and help you learn more about yourself.
Do you have a favorite book that left a mark on you? For this prompt, write a personal narrative essay sharing that experience. Analyze why the book matters, then add how it has changed or defined you. Your essay might sway others to read your favorite book.
Celebrities and influences are everywhere – so much so that you can’t avoid them no matter how hard you try. They’re in the music you listen to, the streets you drive through, and even the boxes of your favorite cereals. For this prompt, write an argumentative essay about these celebrities and their critical influence on younger people.
Focus on celebrities’ sway on youth’s behavior, values, and aspirations. Argue whether they are positive role models or if they set unrealistic expectations. It’s best to choose celebrities everyone knows, like the Kardashians or the Bangtan Boys.
What do you do when you have time off from school? Aside from the instances you attend family events, do you like swimming, biking, or drawing? This prompt is perfect for a descriptive essay where you can detail your favored recreational activity.
Start with how you discovered the activity and why you got hooked on it. Include its significance to your life. Does it help you relax, meet new people, etc.? You can also talk about the skills you gained by doing this recreational activity regularly.
Have you ever dreamt of calling the shots at school? What about imagining being the principal? In this essay, share ideas on what parts of your school you want to keep or change. Analyze each critically and propose the improvements the school needs. Via this prompt, you can showcase your leadership skills. Remember to express your thoughts respectfully and constructively, and don’t forget to offer rational explanations for each proposed change.
Controversial Essay Writing Topics for Older Students
As they enter high school and college, students should start transitioning from informative essays to persuasive ones. Controversial essay topics are a good way to do this. They help students develop their critical thinking skills and learn how to reason an argument. The below topics the bill well:
Few people would argue about the health benefits of tobacco, yet it remains a top-selling product. This essay will explore the benefits of banning the sale of the product altogether.
The death sentence is a controversial ethical and social issue. This essay will explore whether or not it is a suitable method of punishment and deterrent for serious crimes and the benefits or drawbacks of adding it to every country across the globe.
Homeschooling is growing in popularity, and this school essay topic will explore the benefits or drawbacks of this particular school choice. It may be pulled from personal experience if the student is homeschooled.
Elections are an essential part of our lives. It gives us the power to determine who will govern our country. However, is the election process fair?
In the essay, your student will get an opportunity to voice their ideas, describe what changes they’d like to see, and how those changes will positively impact the nation.
This essay topic requires more research, and students walk away with knowledge that can help them in the long term.
Climate change is a serious topic that impacts everyone’s life. Sea levels are rising, which makes it difficult for animals like polar bears to survive.
When writing about this essay topic, students will have to research the effect of climate change, what causes it, and how to reduce its impact.
This requires logical thinking and creativity. It’ll encourage students to come up with a plan of action. Maybe they’ll limit the number of carbon emissions released by companies, promote solar power, or decrease the price of energy-efficient appliances.
Climate change has always been a controversial topic. There are many protests about it, but despite the protests, there are still no proper solutions. For this prompt, focus on what you, as a student, can do to help stop or slow down climate change. Identify your personal role in this phenomenon. Examine both your positive and negative contributions. As you write this essay, you can also discover sustainable life changes to add to your life. You can even encourage your future readers to follow your example.
Keeping up to date with world news is easy because we’re connected to the media 24/7. With this in mind, create a cause-and-effect essay and inspect the power of media in shaping your political views.
For instance, have you sided with a viewpoint because of a convincing social media post? For sure, many have experienced this once or twice. Dig deeper via your essay, analyze the media’s role and motivations, and present your findings.
If you plan to create a compare-and-contrast essay, go for this prompt. Analyze the evolution of feminist movements. Then, examine their origins, goals, and the changes they’ve brought about.
Have you ever wondered how the feminism of your grandma’s era differed from today’s? By researching this topic, you’ll not only increase your knowledge – you’ll also be able to educate others.
Are you looking at writing about globally relevant issues? If so, immigration is a complex subject you can explore—research immigration in the news, books, or even movies. You can even ask your teacher for help if you need to. For this prompt, connect your findings to the issues of the countries receiving immigrants. Make sure to differentiate the legal from illegal immigrants to relay your points better.
The environment is a sacred and essential part of our lives. And so it’s easy to understand the movements and the organizations that want to protect it. But do you think their actions will make others appreciate their cause in the long run?
This is why this controversial prompt is perfect for a persuasive essay. Talk about the recent protests. It can be the protestor’s destruction of paintings of legendary artists , glueing their hands on airport runways, or stopping people on the streets. Critique the strategies of environmental activist groups. Are they properly raising awareness? Or are their methods causing more harm than good?
Cancel culture is often based on limited evidence and incites blind hate. As an older student, you’re likely familiar with the term and its implications. In your essay, list cancel culture’s pros and cons and analyze each in depth.
Is cancel culture helpful? Is it only spreading misinformation? Is the hive mentality it encourages good? Share your thoughts on this recent societal development. Then, offer ways on how to better interact with cancel culture. For instance, you can recommend holding off judgment and thoroughly researching the issue first to make up your own mind.
Artificial intelligence is here to stay, but how helpful is it? For this prompt, create an expository essay that analyzes how AI is both a boon and a bane. For example, AI can make companies’ systems more efficient. But at the same time, it takes jobs away from writers, artists, and even tech devs.
Cite recent happenings, like the Texas A&M Commerce professor who failed his entire class to show the issue’s relevancy. As a student, you’re pretty familiar with AI developments. You might even have experienced it first-hand. Stop and think about AI’s broader implications via your essay.
Genetic engineering has always been a controversial subject. Since you’re an older student, you’ve probably had debates about this in class or with friends. To better understand the issue, construct a well-researched, argumentative essay on genetic engineering and the ethics that surround it.
As a student and a general public member, you are not just an observer of what happens in society. You are an active participant in social dynamics. So, for this prompt, opt for a cause-and-effect essay where you analyze how collective actions and thinking shape societies. Support your thoughts with evidence and share your realizations.
For this prompt, start by defining freedom of expression and comparing it with censorship. Then, present cases (preferably recent ones) to explain why censorship is necessary or repressive. This will help you create an informative essay that educates your readers.
In your essay, answer the question: “Is technology helpful or detrimental to education?” As a student, you’re at the center of this revolution. For instance, online classes are more prevalent now than some years ago. Submitting soft copies of papers online wasn’t even a thing then. Write an expository essay about whether technology aids or hampers your learning process.
If you want to write a thought-provoking descriptive essay, consider this prompt: There are unique cultures. But should these cultures remain exclusive? Think about your own culture and what it means to you. Would you like to share your culture? It’s time to share your thoughts and experiences.
In the same essay, you can also mention cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation. Talk about these ideas’ differences and similarities.
Persuasive Essay Topics for Older Students
Persuasive essays work to convince a reader of the writer’s point of view. These topics lend themselves well to a great essay that focuses on persuasion.
Fast food kids meals target young consumers, and soda is often included. Making junk food a way of life contributes to childhood obesity, and this topic could explore alternatives to soda for these kid-centered meals.
When people enter a country illegally, putting them in jail does not solve the problem. Instead, alternative punishments or even help with attaining legal immigrant status can reduce the strain on an overloaded system while also helping these individuals become part of society.
Babies need breast milk to survive, yet many places in society frown on women feeding their babies in public. This essay will explore why this is an outdated and unhealthy idea.
The best topics for persuasive essays are ones that are a little controversial. Gun control fits the bill well, and it can be a good topic for an essay. Other topics include alcohol, drugs and, in some cases, religion. That said, it depends on the nature of your students and school.
All the students can typically point to an occasion or life event when their worldview or concept changed. Ask them to write about a defining life experience.
This essay topic is for older students and adult learners who can take a thoughtful but critical stance on the role of religion in schools today. Should it be taught or removed from schools, and why?
The average American produces 1,704 pounds of garbage per year. Most of this is thrown in landfills, which can be equally as damaging to the environment as littering. Oceans are also filled with plastic that negatively affects the lives of marine life.
However, if we can recycle all that waste, we won’t damage the environment. This essay topic encourages older students to research recycling and the pros and cons of making it mandatory.
Getting a tertiary education is essential. It allows you to learn a marketable skill that other people pay you for.
However, private colleges are becoming more common, leading people to think that these institutions are more focused on making money.
When writing about this topic, students need to research the cost of college tuition, how this high price negatively impacts their adult lives, and how the government can fix it.
Through this prompt, explore and express the value of creativity and aesthetics in one’s learning. Explain why art is essential. How does it influence your learning and perception of the world? Consider this: art is a medium of expression and critical thinking. To write this essay effectively, identify, describe, and reflect on different art forms. You can also focus on art forms that you’ve experienced.
Have you ever looked at the night sky and wondered what’s out there? Space exploration is all about the curiosity to discover the unknown. In your essay, go beyond rockets or astronauts and highlight man’s thirst for knowledge.
Start with the historical record of space exploration. Mention how it started and how it became possible. You can even include its milestone achievements. Then, move on to experts’ predictions on the future of space exploration. Discuss its benefits to humans, common challenges, and implications for our future.
Let’s now jump to another vital global discourse. Are you aware of the environmental and economic connotations of renewable energy? You may be young now, but you’re not a stranger to the problems of this planet. Through this prompt, you can become a part of the solution. In your essay, define and discuss different types of renewable energy. Underscore their potential, pros, and cons versus traditional energy sources.
Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from and where they end up? Sadly, most of us consume fast fashion. But have you considered fast fashion’s environmental consequences?
In your essay, identify facts about fast fashion. Credible sources should support these facts so readers can realize how detrimental it is to the environment. Review the lifecycle of a typical fast fashion item. Include the environmental cost at each stage. Then, look for ways to promote sustainable fashion choices.
Today, social media dominates our lives. But have you thought about how it affects how you view your body image? This is a sensitive issue, but timely nonetheless.
For this prompt, voice your experiences and insights about social media and the unrealistic body standards it presents. By doing so, you can help others navigate through the maze of internet likes and shares. Talk about how social networking services impact how people view themselves, including their self-esteem. Then, offer ways on how to circumvent these problems.
It’s a fact today that most of our relationships start and are maintained online. But does this virtual connection hamper real-life relationships?
Through your essay, explore the link between social media and interpersonal relationships. You can tell it from your perspective. How have your relationships evolved in the age of social media? Review the dynamics of online friendships, mentioning the blurred lines between the virtual and real world. It would be useful to talk to someone you know who remembers a time before mobile phones and social media, which only became prevalent in recent decades.
Sadly, the rise of social networks also gives bullies more channels to hurt others. Now, they can also hide behind screens. In your essay, define cyberbullying and its effects on the victim’s mental health. You can even include real-life cases for illustration. End your paper by presenting measures to prevent cyberbullying.
The education system needs some updating. If you want to delve into this issue, use a prompt that critiques its current methods. One of the most timely is standardized testing. What’s your take on it? Does it measure intelligence, or is it merely rote learning? List the pros and cons of standardized testing from your perspective as a student. Write as if you want to spark a conversation about educational reform.
At your age, you’ve probably experienced the evolution of video games first-hand. If you’re a gamer, have you ever questioned how it influenced your behavior? What about your peers?
For this prompt, focus on the psychological aspects of gaming. Mention the impact of different gaming genres on mental health and behavior. Don’t just talk about the adverse effects. It’s best to also consider the potential benefits of gaming as a learning tool.
Compare and Contrast Essays for Older Students
This type of essay compares two like or unlike things, drawing ways they are the same or different. It’s useful as it provides a structure for aspiring essayists that they can use to outline a longer work. Some ideas include:
Which has more value, homework or assignments completed in class? This essay topic will explore the contrast between these two types of school assignments. For fun, give it to students to complete in class… and then ask them to revise it at home.
Social media can keep people connected, but the increased push for social media connection can detract from in-person communication. This essay will explore the contrast between the two types of communication.
Both exercise and diet play a role in health. This essay will explore the impact of both through the education system.
Older students and adult learners can remember a time before we spend so much time. Is life any better now that we spend so much time connected to the Internet? This essay explores what it means to be constantly connected.
Right side of the brain thinkers are typically more creative and artistic. The left side of the brain thinkers are analytical and mathematical. What’s more valuable in today’s society? What can each type learn from its counterpart? And are you truly one type exclusively?
Caffeine is a staple for many students and workers. It gives you a boost of energy in the morning, which allows you to get more done. It also helps if you have a test coming up and need to study hard.
However, larger amounts of caffeine are known to cause heart palpitations, anxiety, and increased stress.
In this essay, students look at the benefits and drawbacks of tea and coffee. It empowers them with knowledge on when to limit their consumption.
Fashion is constantly changing. What looked cool 20 years ago might look weird today. Older students will also notice how their fashion choices changed from middle school to high school and from high school to college.
In this essay, students talk about what causes this change and how long it takes for the public to accept a specific style.
You’ve likely used ebooks and physical books for your studies and hobbies. In your essay, use your experience to analyze these different reading mediums. Are you an avid Kindle user? Or do you thrive on the feel of a physical book? Write about relevant aspects like convenience, feel, accessibility, and cost. Always support your arguments with personal anecdotes and factual data.
Do you live in the city or the outskirts? Both have pros and cons. If you’ve always been a city student, maybe you’ve wondered what life is like on the other side. If so, then this prompt lets you delve into these contrasting lifestyles.
Feel free to discuss factors such as access to amenities, social interactions, and lifestyle choices. Try to visualize and put yourself in both scenarios to offer an authentic perspective.
There’s been a divide between traditional and digital art for a long time. In this prompt, uncover the why . Consider aspects like skill set, accessibility, impact, and audience reach. Then, add your thoughts on the issue. Are you drawn to the authenticity of traditional art? Or do you admire the versatility of digital art? Bring in your observations and experiences to make your essay stand out.
You might still be a student, but you’ve thought about what your job will be like in the future, right? Then, have you ever wondered about the benefits of being your boss versus the security of a full-time job? Explore these contrasting work styles. By the end of your essay, you will also better understand what awaits you after graduation.
Talk about job stability, work-life balance, income potential, and personal growth. You can draw on real-life examples from people you know.
For a more intriguing essay, explore different philosophical frameworks. Are you drawn to Western philosophy’s empirical approach? Or do you prefer Eastern thought’s spiritual aspects? Explore themes such as the self, ethics, knowledge, and reality. Then, compare how these philosophies approach these ideas differently. This is your chance to show off your critical thinking skills.
Another complicated but interesting prompt is analyzing two contrasting political systems, democracy and dictatorship. Inspect how each system impacts citizens’ rights, economic development, social equality, and international relations. Don’t shy away from using historical and current examples to solidify your arguments.
Are you an introvert, extrovert, or something in between? Picking this topic will not only give you an exciting essay. You will also learn more about yourself. This encourages you to delve into the psychological aspects of these personality types.
In your essay, analyze how these traits affect one’s social interactions, career choices, and personal well-being. Be critical of stereotypes and delve into the potential benefits and challenges of both.
Have you ever dreamed of living and working abroad? Or do you want to stay where you are now, close to home? Here, you can explore the pros and cons of working or leaving your home country. Mention cultural exposure, career opportunities, and personal growth. Contrast it with the challenges of adapting to a new environment.
Science fiction and fantasy are both popular, even today. Why not when it opens doors to various imaginations? For your essay, dive into why these genres are favored and highlight their unique characteristics. Include their societal implications and why they appeal to certain readers.
Debate has been raging on the implications of public and private healthcare systems. These debates often concern a country’s economy and its citizens’ lives. When writing this essay, you can use your personal experience or rely on secondary research. Discuss aspects like accessibility, cost, quality of care, and efficiency. For this prompt, add real-world examples and facts to strengthen your arguments.
Narrative Essay Topics for Older Students
Sometimes, an everyday life experience can make great essay material, and writing about your own life means less risk of plagiarism. Here are some ideas:
The first day of school in a new school can be the fodder for a number of personal stories about school life and the social aspects of it. Writers can capture those emotions in this type of essay. It’s also a suitable type of essay to write as it can serve as a gateway into other types of writing, like a memoir.
If someone did something for you once that really stood out, transform that into an essay topic. You will enjoy remembering the action while creating your essay.
What you did or didn’t do on your summer vacation as a child can be a great starting point for a narrative essay. Older students can use this essay prompt to write about past experiences and reflect on them beyond simply reporting.
Peer pressure can be positive or negative, but everyone has experienced it. This essay will explore a time when peer pressure made you do something or not do something and what the effect of that decision was.
Was this change in your life for the best or the worst, and how did you respond? Describe in detail.
When you first met your mentor, teacher or guide. How did you respond to them, and what did they have to show you? Similarly, a student could also write an essay about a teacher they shunned or turned away from.
When waking up in the morning, we all strive to have the perfect day. Ask students what their perfect day will look like, what activities they’d do, and with whom.
By being as descriptive as possible, students picture the perfect day in their minds. This improves students’ storytelling skills and helps them structure events in chronological order.
This fun experiment gives students insight into how reliant they are on technology and how their lives will look without it.
By imagining this week in their heads, it’ll give them an idea of what other activities they’ll engage in. This could be working out, socializing, or learning a new skill.
Rejection is something everyone must face at some point. Few things are scarier than rejection. But when you overcome it, you get a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.
For example, this could be asking that cute guy or girl out on a date or applying for a job at your dream company.
Are you interested in writing an essay while also self-reflecting? When you use this prompt, you also demonstrate your tenacity to overcome obstacles. Think back to any fear you have had. It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small as long as they shape your character.
Begin your essay by describing the fear you had and why. Then, narrate what you did to overcome it. Remember to discuss the aftermath and the personal growth you experienced.
Losing a pet is a personal experience. How you handled your emotions at that time shows your nature. When you write your essay, paint a vivid picture of your pet by describing quirks and traits. Explain how losing a pet changed you; don’t avoid the pain. Then, talk about your grieving process and eventual acceptance.
Did someone come to mind when you read the prompt? It’s unsurprising if they did, considering that every person has that one person who left a significant impact on their life.
For your essay, choose and write about that individual who helps you appreciate life. Give specific details, such as when they made you realize something, and then connect them to how their teachings shaped you. This prompt also allows students to reflect on their character description and development.
For a fun narrative essay, share the moment you felt the most embarrassed. You don’t have to be specific about it; you can instead focus on what you felt then and how you cope during that awkward situation. You can also mention what you think of the memory now that you’re looking back at it. Is it as embarrassing as you’ve thought back then?
Here is a medium to exhibit your ethics and the strength of your convictions. For this prompt, narrate the situation and explain why you must stand up. What were your thoughts during that moment? Talk about your emotions then and the consequences you’ve faced, if any. Mention how the experience shaped your approach to similar situations.
Is there any invention that made you go, “Ah, I wish I thought of that before!” It can be because of the fame that came with it, the profit, or just the sheer genius of its inventor. Select an invention that fascinates you and explain why it interests you. Think of why you wish you’d come up with it. Talk about its impact on the world and how it aligns with your interests or passions.
Friendships often form in the most unexpected places and situations. For this prompt, highlight your openness to diverse experiences and people.
In your essay, describe the circumstances that led to this unexpected friendship. Add why you found it so surprising. Speak about the qualities you appreciate in your friend and include how this relationship has affected your life. Your objective is to encourage others to broaden their social circles.
For this prompt, share a turning point in your life that set your future course. Present a comprehensive account of the event or decision that significantly impacted your future by mentioning factors that influenced it. Add your thoughts and feelings then and how things have unfolded since then.
Informative Essay Topics for Older Students
Sometimes, the goal of an essay is not to persuade but to inform. Informative or expository essay topics need to have a lot of information behind them so students have something to write about. These topics lend themselves well to that:
Global warming has many effects, and this essay will explore those thoroughly. The goal is to inform, not persuade or create change.
Exploring the causes behind a global war, like World War II, can create a long essay. You can spin this essay topic easily enough by picking other historical events.
Racism is a hot topic today, and this essay will explore how it can often hide in someone’s way of thinking.
A popular essay topic in many philosophy and art classes, this is an open-ended subject. A student can use it to explore their personal philosophy and develop their critical thinking skills.
Check out this list for other philosophy questions .
Becoming a better writer means spending a lot of time reading great books. One of the best ways to encourage reading is asking readers and students to reflect on why they love reading what they learned from previous books. It’s good subject matter for an essay too.
Many people are skeptical and or don’t trust news produced by journalists. But are they right? Surely there is a bar between trustworthy and untrustworthy sources? In this essay, explore how to tell good journalism apart from bad journalism.
When testing products to see if it’s safe for humans, scientists will run tests on animals. However, this testing isn’t only cruel but ineffective. Animals don’t get certain diseases that humans do. This includes HIV, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and certain types of cancers.
In this essay, students must conduct research and present a case for why animal testing is unethical.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 to 24. This is a complex topic since there could be several different factors at play. Some of these include bullying, abuse, and traumatic stress.
When writing this essay, students will be encouraged to dig deeper into the main reasons why teenagers commit suicide and how we can help them as a community. This spreads awareness and gets people to take positive action.
How much do you know about the United Nations? This prompt will test your knowledge of international relations and politics as you have to pen a paper that’s easy to understand. Include the intricacies of global leadership and peacekeeping by explaining the critical functions of the UN. Then, add how it helps society and how its efforts benefit you as a student.
Where did the internet come from? How did it develop to be what it is today? In your essay, recall the history of the World Wide Web and its profound impact on our daily lives. As an older student, you’ve lived through some of the internet’s transformative phases. How has that shaped the way you live, work, or study? Answer all of these in your paper.
Many people still get confused about handling their incomes, budgets, and expenses. In your essay, explain why many fumble their finances. Include how understanding one’s finances matters now more than ever.
For a more relatable paper, you can narrate your personal journey towards financial literacy. You can also analyze current financial trends and their implications for the average person.
Technology has revolutionized healthcare, so it’ll always be a timely topic. For this prompt, delve into the impact of technological advancements on health and medicine. It’s a brilliant way to explore subjects like telemedicine or electronic health records. You can even include the role of AI in disease diagnosis.
Have you noticed more electric vehicles on the road recently? In your essay, analyze the surge in popularity of electric vehicles. Add their environmental impact and the technological advances that have made them viable. Don’t forget to include your thoughts on a future dominated by electric vehicles.
If you have a TV show you’re fond of, then you can talk about it in your essay. Explore the show’s central themes, character developments, and narrative techniques. It might even give you an excuse to rewatch your favorite series!
Parlez-vous Français? If you have a second language or are interested in learning one someday, this prompt is for you. Remember to focus your essay on the benefits of bilingualism or multilingualism. If you have any, include your memories of learning a new language. You can also ask others who speak more than one language about their experiences. Add the challenges, triumphs, and doors it has opened for you.
Today, there is the question of whether we’re doing enough to address mental health. In your paper, be open and talk about the stigma around mental health issues. You can opt to share your personal experiences or observations. Then, don’t forget to add the consequences of ignoring mental health. It’s a powerful way to raise awareness and promote empathy.
Whether you are a high school student writing an essay for homework or you are sitting down to write a college essay as you apply for school, procrastination often occurs because you do not know what to write about. Having a list of topics handy will help.
To choose a topic, first, decide what type of essay you need to write. Then, browse this list of writing topics to find one that is interesting to you, or use the list to think of a different, similar topic. Soon, you will have an essay that is engaging and informative and can showcase your writing abilities well.
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Getting Started with Creative Assignments
Creative teaching and learning can be cultivated in any course context to increase student engagement and motivation, and promote thinking skills that are critical to problem-solving and innovation. This resource features examples of Columbia faculty who teach creatively and have reimagined their course assessments to allow students to demonstrate their learning in creative ways. Drawing on these examples, this resource provides suggestions for creating a classroom environment that supports student engagement in creative activities and assignments.
On this page:
- The What and Why of Creative Assignments
Examples of Creative Teaching and Learning at Columbia
- How To Get Started
The What and Why of Creative Assignments
Creative assignments encourage students to think in innovative ways as they demonstrate their learning. Thinking creatively involves combining or synthesizing information or course materials in new ways and is characterized by “a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk-taking” (AAC&U). It is associated with imagination and originality, and additional characteristics include: being open to new ideas and perspectives, believing alternatives exist, withholding judgment, generating multiple approaches to problems, and trying new ways to generate ideas (DiYanni, 2015: 41). Creative thinking is considered an important skill alongside critical thinking in tackling contemporary problems. Critical thinking allows students to evaluate the information presented to them while creative thinking is a process that allows students to generate new ideas and innovate.
Creative assignments can be integrated into any course regardless of discipline. Examples include the use of infographic assignments in Nursing (Chicca and Chunta, 2020) and Chemistry (Kothari, Castañeda, and McNeil, 2019); podcasting assignments in Social Work (Hitchcock, Sage & Sage, 2021); digital storytelling assignments in Psychology (Sheafer, 2017) and Sociology (Vaughn and Leon, 2021); and incorporating creative writing in the economics classroom (Davis, 2019) or reflective writing into Calculus assignment ( Gerstle, 2017) just to name a few. In a 2014 study, organic chemistry students who elected to begin their lab reports with a creative narrative were more excited to learn and earned better grades (Henry, Owens, and Tawney, 2015). In a public policy course, students who engaged in additional creative problem-solving exercises that included imaginative scenarios and alternative solution-finding showed greater interest in government reform and attentiveness to civic issues (Wukich and Siciliano, 2014).
The benefits of creative assignments include increased student engagement, motivation, and satisfaction (Snyder et al., 2013: 165); and furthered student learning of course content (Reynolds, Stevens, and West, 2013). These types of assignments promote innovation, academic integrity, student self-awareness/ metacognition (e.g., when students engage in reflection through journal assignments), and can be made authentic as students develop and apply skills to real-world situations.
When instructors give students open-ended assignments, they provide opportunities for students to think creatively as they work on a deliverable. They “unlock potential” (Ranjan & Gabora and Beghetto in Gregerson et al., 2013) for students to synthesize their knowledge and propose novel solutions. This promotes higher-level thinking as outlined in the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy’s “create” cognitive process category: “putting elements together to form a novel coherent whole or make an original product,” this involves generating ideas, planning, and producing something new.
The examples that follow highlight creative assignments in the Columbia University classroom. The featured Columbia faculty taught creatively – they tried new strategies, purposefully varied classroom activities and assessment modalities, and encouraged their students to take control of what and how they were learning (James & Brookfield, 2014: 66).
Dr. Cruz changed her course assessment by “moving away from high stakes assessments like a final paper or a final exam, to more open-ended and creative models of assessments.” Students were given the opportunity to synthesize their course learning, with options on topic and format of how to demonstrate their learning and to do so individually or in groups. They explored topics that were meaningful to them and related to the course material. Dr. Cruz noted that “This emphasis on playfulness and creativity led to fantastic final projects including a graphic novel interpretation, a video essay that applied critical theory to multiple texts, and an interactive virtual museum.” Students “took the opportunity to use their creative skills, or the skills they were interested in exploring because some of them had to develop new skills to produce these projects.” (Dr. Cruz; Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning , Season 3, Episode 6). Along with their projects, students submitted an artist’s statement, where they had to explain and justify their choices.
Dr. Cruz noted that grading creative assignments require advanced planning. In her case, she worked closely with her TAs to develop a rubric that was shared with students in advance for full transparency and emphasized the importance of students connecting ideas to analytical arguments discussed in the class.
Watch Dr. Cruz’s 2021 Symposium presentation. Listen to Dr. Cruz talk about The Power of Blended Classrooms in Season 3, Episode 6 of the Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning podcast. Get a glimpse into Dr. Cruz’s online classroom and her creative teaching and the design of learning experiences that enhanced critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, and community by viewing her Voices of Hybrid and Online Teaching and Learning submission.
As part of his standard practice, Dr. Yesilevskiy scaffolds assignments – from less complex to more complex – to ensure students integrate the concepts they learn in the class into their projects or new experiments. For example, in Laboratory 1, Dr. Yesilevskiy slowly increases the amount of independence in each experiment over the semester: students are given a full procedure in the first experiment and by course end, students are submitting new experiment proposals to Dr. Yesilevskiy for approval. This is creative thinking in action. Students not only learned how to “replicate existing experiments, but also to formulate and conduct new ones.”
Watch Dr. Yesilevskiy’s 2021 Symposium presentation.
How Do I Get Started?: Strategies to Support Creative Assignments
The previous section showcases examples of creative assignments in action at Columbia. To help you support such creative assignments in your classroom, this section details three strategies to support creative assignments and creative thinking. Firstly, re-consider the design of your assignments to optimize students’ creative output. Secondly, scaffold creative assignments using low-stakes classroom activities that build creative capacity. Finally, cultivate a classroom environment that supports creative thinking.
Design Considerations for Creative Assignments
Thoughtfully designed open-ended assignments and evaluation plans encourage students to demonstrate their learning in authentic ways. When designing creative assignments, consider the following suggestions for structuring and communicating to your students about the assignment.
Set clear expectations . Students may feel lost in the ambiguity and complexity of an open-ended assignment that requires them to create something new. Communicate the creative outcomes and learning objectives for the assignments (Ranjan & Gabora, 2013), and how students will be expected to draw on their learning in the course. Articulare how much flexibility and choice students have in determining what they work on and how they work on it. Share the criteria or a rubric that will be used to evaluate student deliverables. See the CTL’s resource Incorporating Rubrics Into Your Feedback and Grading Practices . If planning to evaluate creative thinking, consider adapting the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ creative thinking VALUE rubric .
Structure the project to sustain engagement and promote integrity. Consider how the project might be broken into smaller assignments that build upon each other and culminate in a synthesis project. The example presented above from Dr. Yesilevskiy’s teaching highlights how he scaffolded lab complexity, progressing from structured to student-driven. See the section below “Activities to Prepare Students for Creative Assignments” for sample activities to scaffold this work.
Create opportunities for ongoing feedback . Provide feedback at all phases of the assignment from idea inception through milestones to completion. Leverage office hours for individual or group conversations and feedback on project proposals, progress, and issues. See the CTL’s resource on Feedback for Learning . Consider creating opportunities for structured peer review for students to give each other feedback on their work. Students benefit from learning about their peers’ projects, and seeing different perspectives and approaches to accomplishing the open-ended assignment. See the CTL’s resource Peer Review: Intentional Design for Any Course Context .
Share resources to support students in their work. Ensure all students have access to the resources they will need to be successful on the assigned project. Connect students with campus resources that can help them accomplish the project’s objectives. For instance, if students are working on a research project – connect them to the Library instruction modules “ From Books to Bytes: Navigating the Research Ecosystem ,” encourage them to schedule a consultation with a specialist for research support through Columbia Libraries , or seek out writing support. If students will need equipment to complete their project, remind them of campus resources such as makerspaces (e.g., The Makerspace @ Columbia in Room 254 Engineering Terrace/Mudd; Design Center at Barnard College); borrowing equipment (e.g., Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS) at Barnard; Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library ).
Ask students to submit a self-reflection with their project. Encourage students to reflect on their process and the decisions they made in order to complete the project. Provide guiding questions that have students reflect on their learning, make meaning, and engage their metacognitive thinking skills (see the CTL’s resource of Metacognition ). Students can be asked to apply the rubric to their work or to submit a creative statement along with their work that describes their intent and ownership of the project.
Collect feedback from students and iterate. Invite students to give feedback on the assigned creative project, as well as the classroom environment and creative activities used. Tell students how you will use their suggestions to make improvements to activities and assignments, and make adjustments to the classroom environment. See the CTL’s resource on Early and Mid-Semester Student Feedback .
Low-Stakes Activities to Prepare Students for Creative Assignments
The activities described below are meant to be scaffolded opportunities leading to a larger creative project. They are low-stakes, non-graded activities that make time in the classroom for students to think, brainstorm, and create (Desrochers and Zell, 2012) and prepare them to do the creative thinking needed to complete course assignments. The activities can be adapted for any course context, with or without the use of technology, and can be done individually or collaboratively (see the CTL’s resource on Collaborative Learning to explore digital tools that are available for group work).
Brainstorming is a process that students can engage in to generate as many ideas as possible related to a topic of study or an assignment topic (Sweet et al., 2013: 87). As they engage in this messy and jugement-free work, students explore a range of possibilities. Brainstorming reveals students’ prior knowledge (Ambrose et al., 2010: 29). Brainstorm activities are useful early on to help create a classroom culture rooted in creativity while also serving as a potential icebreaker activity that helps instructors learn more about what prior knowledge and experiences students are bringing to the course or unit of study. This activity can be done individually or in groups, and in class or asynchronously. Components may include:
- Prompt students to list off (individually or collaboratively) their ideas on a whiteboard, free write in a Google Doc or some other digital space.
- Provide formative feedback to assist students to further develop their ideas.
- Invite students to reflect on the brainstorm process, look over their ideas and determine which idea to explore further.
A mind map, also known as a cognitive or concept map, allows students to visually display their thinking and knowledge organization, through lines connecting concepts, arrows showing relationships, and other visual cues (Sweet et al., 2013: 89; Ambrose et al. 2010: 63). This challenges students to synthesize and be creative as they display words, ideas, tasks or principles (Barkley, 2010: 219-225). A mind mapping activity can be done individually or in groups, and in class or asynchronously. This activity can be an extension of a brainstorming session, whereby students take an idea from their brainstormed list and further develop it.
Components of a mind mapping activity may include:
- Prompt students to create a map of their thinking on a topic, concept, or question. This can be done on paper, on a whiteboard, or with digital mind mapping or whiteboard tools such as Google Drawing.
- Provide formative feedback on the mind maps.
- Invite students to reflect on their mind map, and determine where to go next.
Digital storytelling involves integrating multimedia (images, text, video, audio, etc.) and narrative to produce immersive stories that connect with course content. Student-produced stories can promote engagement and learning in a way that is both personal and universal (McLellan, 2007). Digital storytelling contributes to learning through student voice and creativity in constructing meaning (Rossiter and Garcia, 2010).
Tools such as the CTL-developed Mediathread as well as EdDiscussion support collaborative annotation of media objects. These annotations can be used in writing and discussions, which can involve creating a story. For freeform formats, digital whiteboards allow students to drop in different text and media and make connections between these elements. Such storytelling can be done collaboratively or simply shared during class. Finally, EdBlogs can be used for a blog format, or Google Slides if a presentation format is better suited for the learning objective.
Asking questions to explore new possibilities
Tap into student imagination, stimulate curiosity, and create memorable learning experiences by asking students to pose “What if?” “why” and “how” questions – how might things be done differently; what will a situation look like if it is viewed from a new perspective?; or what could a new approach to solving a problem look like? (James & Brookfield, 2014: 163). Powerful questions are open-ended ones where the answer is not immediately apparent; such questions encourage students to think about a topic in new ways, and they promote learning as students work to answer them (James & Brookfield, 2014: 163). Setting aside time for students to ask lots of questions in the classroom and bringing in questions posed on CourseWorks Discussions or EdDiscussion sends the message to students that their questions matter and play a role in learning.
Cultivate Creative Thinking in the Classroom Environment
Create a classroom environment that encourages experimentation and thinking from new and diverse perspectives. This type of environment encourages students to share their ideas without inhibition and personalize the meaning-making process. “Creative environments facilitate intentional acts of divergent (idea generation, collaboration, and design thinking) and convergent (analysis of ideas, products, and content created) thinking processes.” (Sweet et al., 2013: 20)
Encourage risk-taking and learning from mistakes . Taking risks in the classroom can be anxiety inducing so students will benefit from reassurance that their creativity and all ideas are welcome. When students bring up unexpected ideas, rather than redirecting or dismissing, seize it as an opportunity for a conversation in which students can share, challenge, and affirm ideas (Beghetto, 2013). Let students know that they can make mistakes, “think outside of the box” without penalty (Desrochers and Zell, 2012), and embrace failure seeing it as a learning opportunity.
Model creative thinking . Model curiosity and how to ask powerful questions, and encourage students to be curious about everything (Synder et al., 2013, DiYanni, 2015). Give students a glimpse into your own creative thinking process – how you would approach an open-ended question, problem, or assignment? Turn your own mistakes into teachable moments. By modeling creative thinking, you are giving students permission to engage in this type of thinking.
Build a community that supports the creative classroom environment. Have students get to know and interact with each other so that they become comfortable asking questions and taking risks in front of and with their peers. See the CTL’s resource on Community Building in the Classroom . This is especially important if you are planning to have students collaborate on creative activities and assignments and/or engage in peer review of each other’s work.
Plan for play. Play is integral to learning (Cavanagh, 2021; Eyler, 2018; Tatter, 2019). Play cultivates a low stress, high trust, inclusive environment, as students build relationships with each. This allows students to feel more comfortable in the classroom and motivates them to tackle more difficult content (Forbes, 2021). Set aside time for play (Ranjan & Gabora, 2013; Sinfield, Burns, & Abegglen, 2018). Design for play with purpose grounded in learning goals. Create a structured play session during which students experiment with a new topic, idea, or tool and connect it to curricular content or their learning experience. Play can be facilitated through educational games such as puzzles, video games, trivia competitions, scavenger hunts or role-playing activities in which students actively apply knowledge and skills as they act out their role (Eyler, 2018; Barkley, 2010). For an example of role-playing games explore Reacting to the Past , an active learning pedagogy of role-playing games developed by Mark Carnes at Barnard College.
The CTL is here to help!
CTL consultants are happy to support instructors as they design activities and assignments that promote creative thinking. Email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.
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Test outside the box.
Sometimes the best way to check for understanding is with a good old-fashioned paper-and-pencil test. But more often than not, there are assessments that are more fun and interesting, and just as effective, to give your students the opportunity to show what they know. Here are 25 alternative assessment ideas that will tap into students’ different learning styles and get you the information you need to make sure they’re learning.
1. Plot a family tree.
Highlight the relationships and connections between individuals by filling in a family tree. For example, have students plot out the relationships between characters in a story, the important players in a historical event, or the family lines of greek mythology.
2. Conduct an interview.
Instead of answering multiple-choice questions about a topic, why not tell the story through an eyewitness account? For example, if you are studying the Montgomery Bus Boycott, have students write an interview with Rosa Parks about what happened. Or better yet, have two students collaborate and then perform the interview together.
3. Create an infographic.
Explaining a concept through a visual representation definitely demonstrates that students have a clear understanding. Infographics take the most important information and present it in a clear, memorable way. Click here to check out examples from WeAreTeachers.
4. Write a how-to manual.
They say that teaching someone else about a concept requires a greater degree of understanding. With this in mind, have students write a short manual explaining a process or concept, step by step. For example, how to annotate a short story, how to conduct an experiment, or how to solve a math problem.
5. Take a virtual shopping trip.
Test your students’ proficiency of adding and subtracting money with a practical application. For example, give each student an imaginary budget of $100 to spend on back-to-school supplies. Provide them with sales flyers and have them write up what they will fill their cart with. Make sure to tell them they must spend as much as possible and give them a range of items to buy, for example 15–25 items.
6. Use two modalities.
Let younger students explain a concept in two ways—with words and a picture. Have students fold a piece of paper in half and draw a picture on top and explain the concept in words on the bottom of the page. For example, have them explain and illustrate the life cycle of a butterfly.
7. Make an ABC book.
This is a fun way for students to show what they know in a creative way. Have students create a mini book with an illustrated cover and write one letter of the alphabet on each page. They will record one fact on the topic per letter/page. A few potential ideas: animal study, biography study, math vocabulary words.
8. Fashion a mobile.
Instead of writing a boring essay, have students showcase their knowledge in a three-dimensional way. Different facts about the topic are written on separate cards, attached to yarn, and hung from a plastic hanger. For example, a story map (setting, characters, conflict); parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives); science concepts (the phases of the moon); math concepts (shapes and angles).
9. Create a pamphlet.
Students demonstrate everything they know about a topic with a colorful pamphlet that includes facts and illustrations. Possible topics: an animal study, branches of government, or an author study.
10. Present opposite points of view.
Have students demonstrate that they fully understand the main arguments for and against a modern issue, such as what restrictions, if any, should be placed on stem cell research or whether athletes should be allowed to use performance-enhancing drugs. Ask them to present facts and statistics that support both sides.
11. Work on a STEM challenge.
Consider assigning projects that challenge students to use every step of the engineering process, such as the egg drop challenge or cardboard boat racing . (Note: mini versions of cardboard boats can be raced in plastic pools.)
12. Write a persuasive letter.
Students have to fully understand the merits of a position before they can persuade someone to adopt that same point of view. One way to demonstrate this is by writing a persuasive letter. For example, write a letter to the school board explaining why mandatory recycling and composting in every school would help the environment.
13. Create a concept map.
A concept map visually represents relationships between concepts and ideas. Test students’ understanding by having them fill in a prepared concept map or create one from scratch. Simple versions created by hand can do the trick, or go high tech with Lucidchart , an add-on for Google Docs.
14. Create a budget.
Have students demonstrate their proficiency with percentages by drawing up an imaginary budget. For example, let them choose their starting income and provide them with a list of expenses they must account for. Once they balance their budget, challenge them to figure out what percentage each category takes up.
15. Put out a WANTED poster.
Create an old-fashioned wanted poster for a character from a story or a historical figure. Have students describe the character using facts, figures, and a description.
16. Produce a multimedia, interactive poster.
The fun, low-cost, high-tech tool Glogster allows students to combine images, graphics, audio, video, and text on one digital canvas in order to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and ideas.
17. Create an artifact.
Turn your classroom into a museum and have your students create artifacts that demonstrate their knowledge. For example, types of indigenous dwellings, devices that use a spring, or models of a part of the body.
18. Coordinate a living history museum.
Make characters from history come alive. Students can dress like heroes, inventors, authors, etc. and prepare mini biographies. Invite guests to come in and learn from students.
19. Design a travel brochure.
Great for a geography study. For example, a state brochure could include maps, the state flower, flag, motto, and more.
20. Draw a comic strip.
Allow students to tap into their inner cartoonist and test their knowledge with comic strips. Set clear expectations for length and content beforehand. Possible uses: book reports, retelling of a historical event, or science concepts, like the water cycle.
21. Create a collage.
Using old magazines, let students create a collage of images that demonstrates their understanding of a concept. For example, math concepts, like equalities, balanced equations, and volume; science concepts, like weather, life cycles, and chemical reactions; and English concepts, like word roots, conjugations, and punctuation.
Have students write a play or monologue that was inspired by a moment in history, summarizes a story, or explains a concept.
23. Write a pitch.
Have students write a pitch for a Netflix series starring characters from an important moment or period of time (the American Revolution, the Civil Rights era) or follows the theme of a book. Encourage students to be inspired by subplots or to tell the story from a different character’s point of view.
24. Gather real-world examples.
Ask students to demonstrate their understanding by gathering evidence of concepts in everyday life. For example, geometry (angles, shapes), grammar (sentence structure, use of punctuation), science (condensation, refraction), or social studies (maps, current events).
25. Dream up a board game.
At the end of a unit, allow students to team up and create a board game as a culminating project. For example, at the end of an economics unit, have them create a game about supply and demand or a game about wants and needs.
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Essay Topics – List of 500+ Essay Writing Topics and Ideas
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Essay topics in English can be difficult to come up with. While writing essays , many college and high school students face writer’s block and have a hard time to think about topics and ideas for an essay. In this article, we will list out many good essay topics from different categories like argumentative essays, essays on technology, environment essays for students from 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades. Following list of essay topics are for all – from kids to college students. We have the largest collection of essays. An essay is nothing but a piece of content which is written from the perception of writer or author. Essays are similar to a story, pamphlet, thesis, etc. The best thing about Essay is you can use any type of language – formal or informal. It can biography, the autobiography of anyone. Following is a great list of 100 essay topics. We will be adding 400 more soon!
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Argumentative Essay Topics
- Should plastic be banned?
- Pollution due to Urbanization
- Education should be free
- Should Students get limited access to the Internet?
- Selling Tobacco should be banned
- Smoking in public places should be banned
- Facebook should be banned
- Students should not be allowed to play PUBG
Essay Topics on Technology
- Wonder Of Science
- Mobile Phone
Essay Topics on Festivals on Events
- Independence Day (15 August)
- Teachers Day
- Summer Vacation
- Children’s Day
- Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
- Republic Day
Essay Topics on Education
- Education Essay
- Importance of Education
- Contribution of Technology in Education
Essay Topics on Famous Leaders
- Mahatma Gandhi
- APJ Abdul Kalam
- Jawaharlal Nehru
- Swami Vivekananda
- Mother Teresa
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
- Subhash Chandra Bose
- Abraham Lincoln
- Martin Luther King
- Lal Bahadur Shashtri
Essay Topics on Animals and Birds
- My Favorite Animal
Essays Topics About Yourself
- My Best Friend
- My Favourite Teacher
- My Aim In Life
- My Favourite Game – Badminton
- My Favourite Game – Essay
- My Favourite Book
- My Ambition
- How I Spent My Summer Vacation
- India of My Dreams
- My School Life
- I Love My Family
- My Favourite Subject
- My Favourite Game Badminton
- My Father My Hero
- My School Library
- My Favourite Author
- My plans for summer vacation
Essay Topics Based on Environment and Nature
- Global Warming
- Air Pollution
- Environmental Pollution
- Water Pollution
- Rainy Season
- Climate Change
- Importance Of Trees
- Winter Season
- Natural Disasters
- Save Environment
- Summer Season
- Trees Our Best Friend Essay In English
Essay Topics Based on Proverbs
- Health Is Wealth
- A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
- An Apple a Day Keeps Doctor Away
- Where there is a will, there is way
- Time and Tide wait for none
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- Noise Pollution
- Environment Pollution
- Women Empowerment
- Time and Tide Wait for none
- Science and Technology
- Importance of Sports
- Sports and Games
- Time Management
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness
- Rome was not Built in a Day
- Clean India
- Cow Essay In English
- Describe Yourself
- Festivals Of India
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- Healthy Food
- Importance Of Water
- Plastic Pollution
- Value of Time
- Honesty is the Best Policy
- Gandhi Jayanti
- Human Rights
- Knowledge Is Power
- Same Sex Marriage
- Childhood Memories
- Cyber Crime
- Kalpana Chawla
- Rani Lakshmi Bai
- Spring Season
- Unity In Diversity
- Artificial Intelligence
- Online Shopping
- Indian Culture
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Indian Education System
- Disaster Management
- Environmental Issues
- Freedom Fighters
- Save Fuel For Better Environment
- Importance Of Newspaper
- Lal Bahadur Shastri
- Raksha Bandhan
- World Environment Day
- Narendra Modi
- What Is Religion
- Charity Begins at Home
- A Journey by Train
- Ideal student
- Save Water Save Earth
- Indian Farmer
- Safety of Women in India
- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
- Capital Punishment
- College Life
- Natural Resources
- Peer Pressure
- Nature Vs Nurture
- Romeo And Juliet
- Generation Gap
- Makar Sankranti
- Constitution of India
- Girl Education
- Importance of Family
- Importance of Independence Day
- Brain Drain
- A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed
- Action Speaks Louder Than Words
- All That Glitters Is Not Gold
- Bhagat Singh
- Importance of Discipline
- Population Explosion
- Poverty in India
- Uses Of Mobile Phones
- Water Scarcity
- Train Journey
- Land Pollution
- Environment Protection
- Indian Army
- Uses of Internet
- All that Glitters is not Gold
- Balanced Diet
- Blood Donation
- Digital India
- Dussehra Essay
- Energy Conservation
- National Integration
- Railway Station
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Health And Hygiene
- Importance Of Forest
- Indira Gandhi
- Laughter Is The Best Medicine
- Career Goals
- Mental Health
- Save Water Save Life
- International Yoga Day
- Winter Vacation
- Soil Pollution
- Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
- Indian Culture And Tradition
- Unity Is Strength
- Unity is Diversity
- Wildlife Conservation
- Cruelty To Animals
- Nelson Mandela
- Of Mice And Men
- Organ Donation
- Life in a Big City
- Democracy in India
- Waste Management
- Female Foeticide
- Harmful Effects Of Junk Food
- Rain Water Harvesting
- Save Electricity
- Social Media
- Social Networking Sites
- Sound Pollution
- Life in an Indian Village
- Life in Big City
- Population Growth
- World Population Day
- Greenhouse Effect
- Statue of Unity
- Traffic Jam
- Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
- Importance of Good Manners
- Good Manners
- Cyber Security
- Green Revolution
- Health And Fitness
- Incredible India
- Make In India
- Surgical Strike
- Triple Talaq
- A Good Friend
- Importance of Friends in our Life
- Should Plastic be Banned
- Traffic Rules
- Effects of Global Warming
- Fundamental Rights
- Solar System
- National Constitution Day
- Good Mother
- Importance of Trees in our Life
- City Life Vs Village Life
- Importance of Communication
- Conservation of Nature
- Man vs. Machine
- Indian Economy
- Mothers Love
- Importance of National Integration
- Black Money
- Greenhouse effect
- Self Discipline
- Global Terrorism
- Conservation of Biodiversity
- Newspaper and Its Uses
- World Health Day
- Conservation of Natural Resources
- A Picnic with Family
- Indian Heritage
- Status of Women in India
- Child is Father of the Man
- Reading is Good Habit
- Plastic Bag
- Terrorism in India
- Library and Its Uses
- Life on Mars
- Pollution Due to Diwali
- National Flag of India
- Vocational Education
- Importance of Tree Plantation
- Summer Camp
- Vehicle Pollution
- Women Education in India
- Seasons in India
- Freedom of the Press
- Caste System
- Environment and Human Health
- Mountain Climbing
- Depletion of Natural Resources
- Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
- Health Education
- Effects of Deforestation
- Life after School
- Starvation in India
- Jan Dhan Yojana
- Impact of Privatization
- Election Commission of India
- Election and Democracy
- Prevention of Global Warming
- Impact of Cinema in Life
- Subhas Chandra Bose
- Dowry System
- Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
- Role of Science in Making India
- Impact of Global Warming on Oceans
- Pollution due to Festivals
- Ambedkar Jayanti
- Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
- Family Planning in India
- Democracy vs Dictatorship
- National Festivals of India
- Sri Aurobindo
- Casteism in India
- Organ trafficking
- Consequences of Global Warming
- Role of Human Activities in Global Warming
- Issues and Problems faced by Women in India
- Role of Judiciary in the Country Today
- Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan
- PUBG Mobile Game Addiction
- Role of Youths in Nation Building
- Value of Oxygen and Water in Life/Earth
- Farmer Suicides in India
- Start-up India
- Pollution Due to Firecrackers
- Life of Soldiers
- Child Labour
- Save Girl Child
- Morning Walk
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50+ High School Research Paper Topics to Ace Your Grades
Research papers are common assignments in high school systems worldwide. It is a scientific term that refers to essays where students share what they’ve learned after thoroughly researching one specific topic. Why do high schools impose them?
Writing a well-structured and organized research paper is key to teaching students how to make critical connections, express understanding, summarize data, and communicate findings.
Students don’t only have to come up with several high school research paper topics, choose one, and produce a research paper. A good topic will help you connect with the evaluating public, or in this case, your professors and classmates. However, many students struggle with finding the right high school research topics.
This is why we’ve put together this guide on choosing topics for a high school research paper and over 50 topic ideas you can use or get inspired with.
How to Choose High School Research Paper Topics
Since you are about to go through over 50 high school research topics, you might get overwhelmed. To avoid it, you need to know how to choose the right research paper topic for you.
The most important thing to consider is the time needed to complete a paper on a particular topic. Too broad topics will wear you out, and you might fail to meet the deadline. This is why you should always stick to, shall we say, not-too-broad and well-defined topics.
Since you will spend some time researching and writing, you need to consider your motivation too. Choosing a topic that you find interesting will help you fuel your research and paper writing capabilities. If your efforts turn out to be futile and the deadline is dangerously close, you can always look for a research paper for sale to ace your grade.
Most Interesting & Easy Research Topics for High School students
Since there are many research paper ideas for high school students, we didn’t want to just provide you with a list. Your interest is an essential factor when choosing a topic. This is why we’ve put them in 8 categories. Feel free to jump to a category that you find the most engaging. If you don’t have the time, here at StudyClerk, we are standing by to deliver a completely custom research paper to you.
If you are interested in education, you should consider choosing an education research topic for high school students. Below you can find ten topics you can use as inspiration.
- Should High Schools Impose Mandatory Vaccination On Students?
- The Benefits Of Charter Schools For The Public Education System
- Homeschooling Vs. Traditional Schooling: Which One Better Sets Students For Success
- Should Public Education Continue To Promote Diversity? Why?
- The Most Beneficial Funding Programs For Students
- The Effects Of The Rising Price Of College Tuitions On High School Students
- Discuss The Most Noteworthy Advantages And Disadvantages Of Standardized Testing
- What Are The Alternatives To Standardized Testing?
- Does Gap Year Between High School And College Set Students For Success?
- Identify And Discuss The Major Benefits Of Group Projects For High Schoolers
World history is rich, fun, and engaging. There are numerous attractive topics to choose from. If history is something that has you on your toes, you’ll find the following world history research topics for high school fascinating.
- The Origin Of The Israel-Palestine Conflict And Possible Resolutions
- The History Of The USA Occupation Of Iraq
- Choose A Famous Assassinated World Leader And Discuss What Led To The Assassination
- Discuss A Historical Invention And How It Changed The Lives Of People Worldwide
- Has The World’s Leading Countries’ Response To Climate Change Improved Or Declined Over The Last Decade?
- How The President Of Belarus Manages To Stay In Power For Over 25 Years
- Which Event In World History Had The Most Impact On Your Country?
Many governments worldwide work on increasing mental health awareness. The following mental health topics for high school research papers will put you in a position to contribute to this very important movement.
- Discuss The Main Ways Stress Affects The Body
- Can Daily Exercises Benefit Mental Health? How?
- Should More Counselors Work In High Schools? Why?
- Discuss The Major Factors That Contribute To Poor Mental And Physical Well-Being
- In What Ways Has The Worldwide Pandemic Affected People’s Mental Health?
- Explore The Relationship Between Social Media And Mental Health Disorders
- How The Public School System Cares For The Mental Health Of Students
- What Is The Most Effective Psychotherapy For High Schoolers?
Science is one of those fields where there is always something new you can research. If you need a science research topic for high school students, feel free to use any of the following.
- How Can Civilization Save Coral Reefs?
- What Are Black Holes, And What Is Their Role?
- Explain Sugar Chemistry That Enables Us To Make Candies
- What Are The Biggest Successes Of The Epa In The Last Decade?
- Is There A Way To Reverse Climate Change? How?
- What Solutions Does Science Offer To Resolve The Drinking Water Crisis In The Future?
Many teenagers find inspiration in music, so why not choose some music high school research paper topics.
- In What Way Music Education Benefits High School Students?
- How Famous Musicians Impact Pop Music
- Classification Of Music Instruments: Discuss The Sachs-Hornbostel System
- Did Sound Effect Technology Change The Music Industry? How?
- How Did Online Streaming Platforms Help Music Evolve?
- How Does Music Software Emulate Sounds Of Different Instruments?
Healthcare finance research topics
Healthcare and finance go hand in hand. Shining light on some exciting correlations between these two fields can be engaging. Here are some topics that you can consider.
- How Can Patient Management Systems Save Money In Hospitals?
- The Pros And Cons Of The Public Healthcare System
- Should Individuals Or The Government Pay For Healthcare?
- What Is Obama-Care And How It Benefits Americans?
- The Most Noteworthy Developments In The History Of Healthcare Financing
Our environment has been a hot topic for quite some time now. There is a lot of research to back up your claims and make logical assumptions. Here are some environmental high school research topics you can choose from.
- What Is The Impact Of Offshore Drilling On The Environment?
- Do We Need Climate Change Legislation? Why?
- Are Ecotourism And Tropical Fishing Viable Ways To Save And Recuperate Endangered Areas And Animals?
- The Impact Of Disposable Products On The Environment
- Discuss The Benefits Of Green Buildings To Our Environment
- Find And Discuss A Large-Scale Recent Project That Helped Restore Balance In An Area
Many students struggle with having to find good entrepreneurship research paper ideas for high school. This is why we’ve developed a list of topics to inspire your research.
- What Is Entrepreneurship?
- Are People Born With An Entrepreneurial Spirit, Or Can You Learn It?
- Discuss The Major Entrepreneurship Theories
- Does Entrepreneurship Affect The Growth Of The Economy?
- Which Character Traits Are Commonly Found In Successful Entrepreneurs?
- The Pros And Cons Of Having A Traditional Job And Being An Entrepreneur
- Discuss Entrepreneurship As One Of The Solutions To Unemployment
- What Is Crowdfunding, And How It’s Related To Entrepreneurship
- The Most Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face
- How Social Media Made A Lot Of Successful Entrepreneurs
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119 Excellent High School Essay Topics for Students
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Are you a student looking for the best high school essay topics? If yes, then continue reading this blog. Basically, essay writing is a popular assignment that every high school student must take up during their scholastic life to improve their writing skills, analytical skills, and subject knowledge. However, in the essay preparation process, topic selection is the first step that should be given more importance. So, you need to carefully search and spot a good essay topic. Suppose, you are worried about what high school essay idea to choose, take help from the list presented below. In the list, you will get 100+ captivating essay topics for high school students on different themes. Additionally, from this blog, you can also learn how to choose the right topic and compose a great essay for high school.
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How to Choose the Right Essay Topic for High School
Do you wonder how to choose a perfect high school essay topic? Follow the tips suggested below. It will help you identify the right essay topic for high school.
- Choose a topic that is interesting to you and your readers.
- Never select a too broad or wide essay topic for discussion.
- Give preference to an essay topic that is unique and contains numerous relevant credible sources to obtain information.
- Avoid choosing frequently discussed or popular high school essay topics. Even if you do so, discuss from a new perspective.
- Consider a topic only if it satisfies the essay writing guidelines shared by your teacher.
Tips for Writing an Impressive High School Essay Topics Essay
After you have selected a topic, go ahead and start composing your essay for high school by following the tips recommended here. Remember, the essay that you craft should be non-plagiarized, well-structured, logical, and should contain proper citations.
- Analyze the topic you have chosen and come up with a strong thesis statement.
- Generate valid arguments to prove your thesis statement.
- In your essay, back your claim with supporting facts, examples, or evidence.
- Using referencing styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago, or any other, add citations for all the research sources that you have utilized in your paper.
- Explain all the topic sentences in a way that is understandable to your readers.
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List of Outstanding Essay Topics for High School
If you run short of high school essay ideas, carefully explore the entire list presented below and choose any idea that matches your needs. In the list, you will find 100+ interesting high school essay topics for high school.
Simple Essay Topics for High School
- Explain how to prevent school violence.
- Analyze the benefits of sports.
- Discuss the code of conduct and ethics that every school should follow.
- Explain the importance of uniforms.
- Discuss the effective ways to improve academic performance.
- Compare public and private schools.
- Explain whether sex education is important or not.
- Write about bullying in schools.
- Discuss the benefits of art therapy for mental and physical health.
- Explain the impact of the Cold War on American culture.
- Write about the Indigenous languages of America and political recognition
- Explain how to overcome cognitive bias.
- Are humans accelerating the climate change?
- Discuss the effects of fast food.
- Analyze the causes of World War.
Interesting Essay Ideas for High School
- Describe the effects of social media on adults.
- Does playing sports affect people?
- What effect does violence in movies or video games have on kids?
- Analyze the causes of racism.
- Compare monarchy and democracy.
- Which is better to use- paper books or e-books?
- Describe the healthy lifestyle of a teenager.
- Compare iPhone and Android.
- Describe the characteristics of a good leader.
- Explain how the glass ceiling affects society.
- Analyze how the internet has changed the world.
- Is physical health more important than mental health?
- Describe the characteristics of a good teacher.
- Explain the possibility of colonizing the moon or another planet.
- Explain the meaning of financial responsibility.
Persuasive Essay Topics for High School
- School starts too early, which contributes to sleep deprivation. Do you agree or disagree?
- Do you think teachers should be armed to protect minors?
- Should junk food be taxed?
- Do you agree homework is outmoded and ineffective?
- Is it ethical to put service animals through perilous tasks?
- Do you believe it is ethical to keep wild animals as pets?
- Should kids be able to handle disagreements on their own, or that school officials should intervene?
- Do you feel that exposing a cheating student in front of the class is unacceptable?
- Is classroom learning obsolete?
- Should the cafeteria in school include more vegan options?
- What animal makes the best pet?
- What is one book that everyone should read?
- Is democracy the best form of government?
- Should homework be banned?
- Is capitalism the best form of economy?
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Argumentative Essay Prompts for High School
- Is cancel culture a positive influence on public discourse?
- Should the voting age be raised or lowered?
- Is your school dress code too restrictive?
- Should the legal drinking age be lowered in the US?
- Are weight-based airline fares discriminatory?
- Should the minimum marrying age in your state be raised?
- Is it unethical to target job postings to a certain age range of social media users?
- Is gun violence caused by mental illness?
- Can a job application requirement for a college degree be considered discriminatory?
- Are standardized tests obsolete?
- Vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco- Agree or Disagree?
- Is it acceptable to use animals for experiments and research?
- Should parents be punished for their minor children’s crimes?
- Does Capital punishment deter crime?
- Are men and women treated equally?
Informative Essay Topics for High School
- Discuss the cultural influence of the Black Death Pandemic.
- Explain the impact of climate change on wildlife.
- Write an essay on literary archetypes, stock characters, and stereotypes.
- Explain the history of piracy.
- Compare privacy and security dilemmas and the ways to solve them.
- Discuss the history of any one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Explain why cultural appropriation is problematic.
- Discuss the challenges of the early American settlers.
- Present the myths about bipolar disorder.
- Write about a Polar explorer.
Fascinating Essay Questions for High School
- Discuss the portrayal of women in Shakespeare’s Othello.
- Formulate an ideal economic plan for our country.
- Analyze how your country views mental health.
- Explain the importance of teaching music in public schools.
- Write an essay on the history of electricity.
- Explain the importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men.
- Discuss the history of blood transfusion.
- Analyze the chemistry behind diagnostic reagent strips
- Explain the influence of urban ecosystems on biodiversity.
- Compare GPS and GIS.
- Write about the tools of meteorology and weather forecasting.
- Discuss the greatest volcanic eruptions.
- Write about the violence in media content.
- Explain how technology helps to prevent terrorist attacks.
- Describe the future of the internet.
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- Analyze the role of the witches in Macbeth.
- What scientific discovery has had the biggest impact on life today?
- What are the best ways to reduce global warming?
- Discuss the effective ways to reduce air pollution.
- Explain how the world can fight racism.
- Analyze the impacts of alcohol on the human body.
- Discuss the effects of fats on the human body and mind.
- Explain the importance of mental health.
- Describe the consequences of Brexit for European values.
- Discuss the effects of taxation on small businesses.
- Write about the climate change in the last 30 years.
- Prepare an essay on artificial intelligence.
- Write about cybersecurity.
- Prepare an essay on feminism.
- Explain how a person can overcome fear.
Awesome Essay Questions for High School
- Explore the symbolism used in The Scarlet Letter .
- Should students evaluate their teacher?
- Discuss the pros and cons of using cell phones.
- Write about digital censorship.
- Explain the role of fashion in schools.
- Should everyone pursue a college education?
- Can the size of a class affect the performance of a student?
- Is pop culture encouraging students not to pursue education?
- Should video games be banned?
- Write about some important education apps.
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- Explain the role of affirmative action in society.
- Discuss the importance of debate clubs in school.
- Suggest some effective ways to cure mass shootings.
- Explain the imagery used in Beowulf .
- Do women have equal rights to men?
- Discuss the stereotype of being skinny.
- Is technology a boon or curse?
- Do standardized tests reveal the knowledge of students?
- Are high school exams necessary?
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- “Virtual Students, Digital Classroom” by Neil Postman An interesting proposition by Postman is that the role of schools is to “help students learn how to ignore and discard information”.
- Grades as Valid Measures of Academic Achievement of Classroom Learning Allen said that this is not the way to give grades to students and that teachers must learn to use a more objective way of evaluating the performance of their students.
- Computer-based Learning and Virtual Classrooms E-learning adds technology to instructions and also utilizes technologies to advance potential new approaches to the teaching and learning process. However, e-learners need to be prepared in the case of a technology failure which is […]
- First Grade: Classroom Analysis The paper presents the summary and analysis of the observations of the classroom and school environment second grade school. As a teacher candidate, I would employ in my classroom the organization techniques used by the […]
- My Classroom From Hell: Teacher Experience This was an inner city school and from the start, he was warned it was not going to be easy. The skills that he had picked up during summer from the TFA was not helpful […]
- Classroom Management: Johnny’ Case It is necessary to talk to the school counselor, discuss Johnny’s strong and weak points, taking into consideration his grade level, keep in mind possible rewards and obligatory schedules, and, at the same time, address […]
- Classroom Management Comprehensive Plan All students will have to be attentive in class, to contribute in class; the students will have to raise their hands or politely bring me to their attention, the students will always complete and send […]
- Classroom Management Strategies If a teacher sees students in the laboratory or on the field playing and talks to them about the activity, they are doing, these students will have respect to the teacher both inside and outside […]
- Smart Classroom and Its Effect on Student Learning In the event of a need for some practical experience, there was some assembly of some equipment in a separate room such as a laboratory and the teachers together with the students engaged in the […]
- The Importance and Relevance of Critical Thinking in Both the Classroom and the Outside World By use of type of critical thinking, the student has the ability to analyze and evaluate different concepts to come up with the best solution.
- Classroom Plan for Language Development The teacher can assess the discussion and verbalization skills among learners in order to understand the effectiveness of the art center in language development.
- Classroom Motivation: Climate and Instructional Variables The answers do not relate to the topic of discussion but Tony builds on the answers provided by the students for a better understanding.
- Advantages of Classroom Learning and Learning Alone Essay The teacher is able to offer this reassurance and provide the feedback that the student needs to have confidence in his learning.
- Computers in the Classroom: Pros and Cons Teachers will need to be able to teach kids how to think critically and apply the information that is available to them in solving problems.
- Contextual Factors Regarding the Classroom and Students The atmosphere in the classroom and particular features of the necessary instructional planning and assessment significantly depend on contextual factors which are aspects of the community and district’s development, features of the concrete school, and […]
- Ideology’s High Cost: When Science Loses Out in the Classroom or the Legislature, the Economy May Suffer One impact of not appreciating science is that it will place the USA at a disadvantage in comparison with other countries that take science seriously and teach undiluted biology to their students.
- Effective Reasons to Support the Idea of Confucius Classrooms Confucius Classrooms are characterized by many positive and powerful aspects that help to promote such schools in future: people are eager to learn different cultures and have a chance to study them from original sources […]
- Sociology: Off Track Classroom Privileges for All Tracking was intended for the system to look at all students more equal because of their grades and accomplishments rather than their backgrounds and to understand that whites have been recognized as more apt to […]
- Online Learning and Classroom Learning Combining the two concepts then, we can define e-learning “as a learning environment that exists solely in the form of digital content that is stored, accessed and exchanged through networked computer and information systems” The […]
- Main Components of a Language Classroom: How to Learn & Teach This essay involves a discussion on the main components of language learning and teaching within the sheltered approach of language acquisition which involves the incorporation of content and language while dealing with the learners of […]
- The Effect of Family Conflict Resolution on Children’s Classroom Behavior This qualitative study seeks to establish whether family conflict resolution plays a role in the development of certain behavior in the classroom.
- Developing a Personal Approach to Classroom Management The environment should be characterized by mutual respect amongst the students and the teacher and this will facilitate the classroom to listen, ask questions, make constructive comments and generally when this is done freely the […]
- The Article “Using Knowledge of Children’s Mathematics Thinking in Classroom Teaching: An Experimental Study” by Carpenter For example, the questions sought to evaluate whether the teachers involved in the study were able to understand the thinking of students and whether the application of different instructions based process affected the performance of […]
- Task-Based Language Teaching Applied in Elementary Classroom From Grade 1 to Three In this case, foreign and second language learners will gradually move from the stage of “reproductive” use of the second or foreign language to a stage of “creative” use of the language.
- Classroom versus Online Tutorials For example, some studies have revealed that many learners are willing to attend the normal class sessions since they are skeptical about the quality of online classes.
- Task-based Language Teaching Applied in Elementary Classroom from Grade 1 to 3 Task-based language teaching applied in elementary classroom from grade 1 to 3 is better developed within the context of a framework that takes into consideration the tasks, their functions and grammar elements.
- Inclusion of Gifted and Talented in Regular Classroom Research method The research method includes literature review of the relevant literary sources on the problem of gifted and talented children, their inclusion in regular classroom, and pros and cons of segregation of gifted children […]
- Special Education Observation Example Report The object of my observation was the learning process, the interpersonal relations and communication within the classroom, and the daily routines.
- Classroom Design for Children with Disabilities Furthermore, children with disabilities require individual attention from the teacher just like the other children, and if the classroom is congested it would be difficult for the teacher to reach such learners.
- Acquainting The New Staff with the classroom The teachers should be introduced to the various rules and protocols of the school in carrying out some of the major duties.
- The Multiple Intelligence Theory in Differentiated Classroom In developing a differentiated intelligence class, the best method is giving personal attention to each of the students while at the same time encouraging group work in order to enhance these intelligences and encourage learning […]
- Classroom Behavior and Culturally Diverse With the help of positive behavior support provided in the manuscript, the teacher attempts to help students monitor their behavior. The teacher should engage students in conversations and remind them that they have to make […]
- How Are Literacy, Fluency and Reading Comprehension Affected by Using Oral Reading Methods in the Classroom? Rasinski states that one of the most effective ways to assess a learner’s reading ability is for the instructor to listen to the learner reading.
- Teacher Emotional Management in the Classroom The hypothesis of the study is clear and consistent with the objective of the study, which states that effective management and regulation of unpleasant emotions can help alleviate impacts of disruptive classroom behaviors of students […]
- Benefits of Differentiated Curriculum in the Gifted Classroom It is student centered and it is the role of the instructor to determine the students’ interest, readiness, and learning profile.
- Security as a Technology Issue in the Classroom This paper is an exploration of the relationship between technology and security, which also seeks to establish why it is important for a classroom teacher to know about the security issues that are associable with […]
- How Educational Neuroscience Supports Classroom Differentiation The student tends to concentrate on the tragic events as opposed to the contents of a lesson. The importance of understanding differentiation is that the teacher is in a position to relate negative emotions to […]
- Integrating Technology into the Classroom Research Method As far as the present research on the impact of technology on the students’ progress is concerned it is necessary to use the mixed approach which will reveal adequate and valid data and thorough analysis […]
- The Effect of a Mathematics Methodology Classroom on Self-Efficacy of Pre-service Elementary Teachers The data will be collected through questionnaires and interviews to gain a deeper understanding of how self-efficacy influences the mathematics teaching of pre-service teachers.
- Web Quests and Task-Based Learning in EFL Classrooms One of the main objectives when selecting the type of task-based learning is the increase in the students’ activity; it is the targeted activity of the student, not the teacher; the teacher should set the […]
- Classroom Observation Theory It is against this backdrop that qualitative and quantitative methodologies should be combined in order to improve the classroom observation theory.
- Using Technology in Classrooms Baylor and Ritchie found that for technology to work well in the classroom, it must be complemented by a series of other activities.
- Student Engagement and Student Motivation in a Reading Classroom for the Kindergarten Level The tasks have to be short and able to stimulate the curiosity and creativity of the children This strategy requires that the tasks offered are short enough to allow the children to complete them.
- Integrating Technology Into the Classroom The types of quantitative information that would be helpful for evaluating the effectiveness of the imposed measures include the results of students’ standardized tests and statistics data as to the rate of students’ dropouts after […]
- Classroom Assessments: The Impact on Teachers and Students While trying to understand the perceived significances of classroom assessments in teaching and learning, a manifold of issues arise from the students and teachers’ contribution in the learning process itself.
- Mathematics Methodology Classroom Effect on Efficacy of Elementary Teachers The above is among the strategies that have been employed to boost the efficacy of teachers when handling mathematics at the elementary level.
- “Creating Classroom Community Network for Student” by Korinek, Walther-Thomas, McLaghlin, Williams Furthermore, the researchers identify the elements of the support network which is necessary for creating a more inclusive environment in the modern schools. This is one of the points that can be made.
- “Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way – Lessons from Urban Classrooms” by Brian D. Schultz Despite the undeniable attractiveness of the idea of teaching students what they can use in real life instead of the “teaching to the test” approach, the importance of following the established curriculum is also undeniable, […]
- Power and Agency in the Classroom Strengths and weaknesses The strength of power and agency in classroom in this story is portrayed by the way this white student is able to prompt the lecturer to change the policy of students’ response […]
- Power of Agency in a Multicultural Classroom In a multicultural environment, the student’s belief system facilitates class discussions and academic performance. Teachers are agents of change and are responsible for the student’s development and understanding in a multicultural environment.
- Classroom Behaviour Management According to Lewis, Roache, and Romi, the ability of a learner to grasp the concept that is passed by the teacher heavily relies on the ability of that particular teacher to manage the behaviour of […]
- Implementing Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in EFL Classrooms CALL modifies the role of both the teacher and student in the process of language learning drastically. The implementation of CALL in EFL settings should enhance the learning outcomes of learners and facilitate the meeting […]
- Multicultural Education in the Classroom Stereotyping and prejudice are vices that exist in the society. They should promote harmony in the classrooms in order to eliminate prejudice and stereotyping in the schools.
- Teaching Web Design in Secondary School Classroom The three main areas of Web design are construction and layout patterns, content and images, and management of the site. Students and teachers should know that usability of a Web site is critical in designing […]
- “Translanguaging in the Bilingual Classroom: A Pedagogy for Learning and Teaching” Among the benefits of flexible pedagogy and flexible bilingualism identified by the authors are ease of communication and preservation of culture, indiscrimination of a second language and simultaneous ‘literacies’ endorsement as students participating in bilingual […]
- ESL Learners’ Perceptions of Using English Outside the Classroom The study will utilize qualitative and research approach to bring to light such factors as frequency of using English, skills used to perfect the language, challenges the students faced and eventually the strategies that can […]
- The Comparison of Montessori Education and a Regular Mathematics Program in Kindergarten Classroom Furthermore, it will compare the strengths and the weaknesses of the Montessori system with a regular mathematics program in order to determine the extent to which it benefits students.
- An Eye on Target Language Use in Elementary English Classrooms in China This essay will offer a critique of the research that was conducted and published by the two authors in which it can be argued that they made positive contribution to the teachers’ use of TL […]
- Authentic Assessment for ELL Classroom For instance, according to the lesson plan, the teacher identifies something in the classroom that the students see every day and then hides it.
- “Educating All Students: Creating Culturally Responsive Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools” by Monica Brown To attain such degree of relevance and responsiveness, there is need for programs that enhance training of teachers, conscious of prevailing challenges and expectations in modern pedagogy.
- Separation between girls and boys in the classroom The right age for the separation of the sexes in the primary or high schools There are various schools of thought on the issues that appertain to the age limit that is recommended for separation […]
- Behaviour Management in a Classroom Setting In a classroom setting, the teacher is capable of regulating the behaviour of the students. To positively change the behaviour of a student, the teacher must be able to trace the cause of their problematic […]
- Diverse Classrooms and Literacy The recruitment of a significant proportion of literacy teachers from various ethnic backgrounds is necessary to effectively address issues on language understanding and fluency in reading.
- Integrating Technology into Classroom The analysis of literature in the article seems insufficient and requires adjustment since they present general information concerning the status of learners’ achievement and instructor’s professional advancement in the incorporation of technology into classrooms, technology […]
- Strategies for English Language Learners Classrooms Thirdly, teachers should identify significant concepts in the content, define the language, and outline the content objectives to guide each lesson. Therefore, small groups may be used for ELLs to facilitate the learning of new […]
- Flipped Classroom and Instructional Technology According to Levin and Schrum, the use of technology in education is not only beneficial to the students, but it is also essential to the attainment of institutional goals by the teachers. The introduction of […]
- Early Childhood Classroom Strategies Admittedly, it is essential to properly identify the developmental stage of a student to employ the most effective behavioural and support instructional strategies. It is possible to make groups of gifted children, atypical students and […]
- Legal and Ethical Implications for Classroom Management Teachers’ classroom management should be built in a way that does not allow for abuse of students’ rights, and enables the learners to get the necessary studying information and proper instructions.
- Student Diversity in School Classroom What are the effects of cultural diversity in the classroom on academic performance? What are the effects of diversity in undergraduate institutions in influencing student outcomes?
- Technology Use in Classrooms: Pros and Cons As long as the use of modern media by students is controlled by teachers and occurs as a part of the lesson and not the focus thereof, the specified tools can be viewed as a […]
- Classroom Literacy: Interactions and Learning Approaches Vocabulary skills are important for improving literacy as well as the overall growth of the student in the classroom and outside classroom environment.
- Effective Teaching Strategies’ Implementing to the Classroom The implementation of the strategy can be assessed in the following way: The strategy was rather hard to implement at first, for the students who were not used to discussions in the classrooms were initially […]
- Teaching and Grouping Strategies in the Classroom If the majority of the students grasp the concept, the teacher moves on to the next lesson, but if the majority is still struggling with the ideas presented, he or she is obliged to revisit […]
- Making Inclusion Work in General Education Classroom Overall, however, the authors interpret the themes from the study to demonstrate that not only is inclusion regarded as an overarching principle in contemporary schools, but teachers must take into consideration the individual children, the […]
- University Classroom: Dynamics of Interaction The issue and question that come to mind is that of the role of gender in the interaction. The questionnaires were distributed at the beginning of the semester and students were encouraged to make their […]
- Research Writing in Classroom Environment Specifically, it is argued that the triteness of essay creating, which is introduced and practices through the course of school education, hinders the writing skills of the learners.
- Discipline and Managing Behavior in the Classroom Attainment of discipline and acceptable behavior within a child is important; hence, the purpose of this paper, which is to give insight into the strategies that educators can adapt to discipline and guide behavior during […]
- Gamification and Its Role in Classroom Settings The use of games in different learning settings has been observed to support the changing educational needs of many learners. Such games can be used to support the language needs of many students.
- Flipped Classrooms’ Advantages and Disadvantages In addition, the tests enable lecturers and teachers to evaluate the ability of each students and reference accordingly. For example, availability of internet outside the classroom setting is mandatory for students and teachers to access […]
- Efficient Interaction in Distance Learning Classroom The problem is that the number of enrolments in the online form of education is augmenting, even as the knowledge regarding the factors that influence the effectiveness of distance education continues to be scarce.
- Classroom Management: Limitations and Benefits Taking class composition into consideration is highly important for the success of management of the class, where an educator is to provide positive student-teacher relationships and capitalize on human resources making cultural backgrounds a part […]
- Power and Student Behaviour in the Classroom Coercive power is the ability to control the behaviour of challenging students using punishments or by the withholding of privileges. An example of how teacher behaviour contributes to student misbehaviour is the failure to name […]
- Code Switching in Oman ESL Classrooms As a second language in Oman, English was adopted in learning institutions in the 1970s. The use of English as a second language in Oman is not limited to business purposes.
- The Importance of Media in the Classroom The theory is developed from the perspective of a teacher and aims at the analysis of the classroom media employment as well as the accommodation of the reviewed sources to the school conditions.
- Cultural Competence in the Classroom Nikhil Goyal opens the public’s eyes towards the realities of school for the young learners and asks a crucial question “why do children hate school?” Speaking about Nick Perez’s time at elementary, middle and high […]
- Kindergarten Classroom Environment Design The design of the classroom environment should reflect the demographic characteristics of learners. The desks of children will be placed right in the center of the room, and at least, four students will sit at […]
- Classroom Management Observation and Assessment One of the simplest methods to do so is to have assessors sit at the back of the classroom and evaluate the teacher’s performance.
- Discipline, Inclusion and Misbehavior in Classroom In their study, Pas, Cash, O’Brennan, Debnam, and Bradshaw, the specialists of Johns Hopkins University, researched the impact of reactive classroom management on the students’ behavior.
- Differentiated Classroom: Foundations and Implications Definition of Differentiation Differentiation in a classroom presupposes paying equal attention to every student taking into consideration personal preferences, emotions, and moods. Differentiation can be a challenging and time-consuming task as far as it requires great persistence, patience, and imagination. Justification for Differentiating Classroom Environment The differentiation of the classroom environment is significant because every […]
- Digital Gaming in the Classroom: Teacher’s View The authors identified that there was a problem when identifying the learning preference of the K-12 students coupled with how well instructional methods would suit their learning preferences, which was then the problem of the […]
- Writing: Linking Theory and Classroom Practice To explore this, the research will dwell into the eight principles of an effective teacher in literacy skills, teacher-writing styles and the integration of writing, reading, listening, interaction, technology, and viewing skills.
- Classroom Management Plan and Its Importance Although the classroom management plan includes a range of components, its development is important to reflect the teacher’s priorities and actions to achieve the set goals; therefore, the plan should include the statement of the […]
- Identity-Based Artifacts’ Use in the Classroom The positive role of the society in dictation of standards and norms is in the regulation of social relations and interactions.
- Australian Classroom Diversity Issues In this regard, the especially strong emphasis is placed on encouraging students to think of LGBT practices as such that pose many hazards to one’s health.
- Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom Matthews notes that the teacher provides the opportunity for his students to control the situation by shaping the two groups. To reinforce the existing gender stereotypes in the given classroom, Mr.
- Classroom Instruction: Increasing Student Achievement It took me a lot of time and research to come to this conclusion, as I always believed that teaching is a natural talent instead of hard work, and all of the needed decisions are […]
- Legal Issues of the Multimedia Usage in Classrooms To avoid any legal issues, the organization should make sure that all employees are aware of major regulations and laws associated with the use of intellectual property. Of course, it is important to remember that […]
- Disruptive Behavior Management in Classroom A student who is a “helpless hand raiser” either pays little to no attention to the teacher’s explanation of the new materials or gets disrupted during the explanation; as a result, the student misses important […]
- Learning in the Innovative Classroom The foundation of motivation is invoking participation in the process of learning and transparency of the systems since all results and performance are visible to everyone in the classroom.
- Access and Equity in Early Childhood Classrooms Did you know that this country was once home to the great civilization of Maya?” Providing students with new information about other cultures will be an effective strategy for sparking interest and encouraging engagement, especially […]
- Classroom Reorganization for Enhancing Learning This is to say that it is up to a teacher to ensure that the room does not look compressed. It is a teacher’s duty to understand his/her students and reorganize the classroom.
- Classroom Schedule, Transitions, and Academic Play The intended audience of the schedule are parents and caregivers, and the language of the schedule is appropriate. The teachers helped to resolve the argument, which helped to minimize the delay and prevent the distraction […]
- Classroom Learning Environment for Younger Students The group work area can also be used for rest and play; the presence of a comfortable area that is suitable for different activities contributes to a positive learning environment.
- Early Childhood Classrooms Observation Teachers were applying different strategies to win the attention of their students. According to my observation, students were fully engaged in the classroom.
- Observation: Early Childhood Classroom The activities included playing some toys, playing with plasticine, and listening to the teacher playing the guitar. For instance, when the girls were playing with plasticine, the teacher asked some questions that helped the learners […]
- Building a Community in the Classroom A,” Keech suggests that the exploration of the history of the city, in general, and the areas that the community inhabits, in particular, should be considered a foundation for enhancing the links between the members […]
- Classroom Environment and Students Development By way of this research, it will be established that a school’s physical environment helps, to a great extent, the performance and progress of students.
- The Use of SEI Strategies in Classrooms By establishing the language objective, the teacher is able to construct their lesson according to the language needs of the ELL students. Subsequently, a literature class can cover different styles of writing to broaden the […]
- Classroom Dynamics and Its Effect on Learning The educator also succeeded in engaging kids in learning, using the method of delivering short activities, but doing it several times, so that the children would not lose all their focus by the end of […]
- Literacy Strategies in a Social Studies Classroom It may help to put the text in a broader context and help relate the students’ knowledge about the author to the ideas given in the text.
- Interacting with Faculty Beyond the Classroom The research question and the aim of the article also condition the choice of the methodology that is used to collect data.
- Classroom Management Practices It is critical for a teacher to be able to address the unwanted behaviors of the student and establish the desired order in the classroom in order to facilitate productive work and successful learning for […]
- Diversity in the Primary Classroom At the same time, the above issues might lead to the decreased isolation of children and the decline of their self-esteem.
- Technology Tools for Classrooms Richardson provides a number of ideas concerning the application of all of these resources for the purpose of creating the innovative and interactive teaching process and the kind of learning that is connected to the […]
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‘Translating’ a Times Article to Reach New Audiences
College freshmen read a New York Times Magazine piece about issues in education, then communicate what they learned by experimenting with audience and format.
By Megan Butler
This teaching idea comes from Megan Butler, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington who teaches composition in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at U.W. She also teaches English to refugees and new immigrants in Seattle.
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I knew I had come across something valuable for the undergraduates in my composition class when I first read “The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools ,” by Casey Parks.
The piece has become the “center of gravity” reading for the section of my class about education in the United States. The article helps students think about education as more than an academic or theoretical issue and consider it as something with very real consequences in individual lives, their own included!
In the assignment that I describe here, students read the story, which was published as a long-form investigative article in The New York Times Magazine, take what they learn from it and compose something for a new audience. The thought that goes into creating the right approach for a new audience gives students an opportunity to be creative in their own unique ways.
Most of my students are freshmen, so high school is not too far back in their pasts. They are still feeling their way into college, and, for the most part, their knowledge about education is confined to personal experience.
In Ms. Parks’s article, the students read about a topic that evokes complicated emotions — usually shock and anger. They also learn that education is a “ wicked problem .” That knowledge helps them understand the complexity of these kinds of societal issues and become comfortable with, or at least acknowledge, gray areas where solutions are not simple.
Here is what we do in this assignment.
Warm-Up: What is education’s reach?
This is the first, and the longest, piece of investigative journalism that many of my students have ever read. For that reason, we divide it in half and discuss it over two class periods. Before we start, I also offer students some techniques for strong reading. These are the guidelines I give them:
Technique #1 : Always read with a pencil (or highlighter) in hand . When a line grabs you, underline it! Argue in the margins, talk back or put a question mark next to a point you don’t understand and an exclamation point next to something that grips you.
Technique #2 : Scan the article for clues before you read . If the piece is illustrated, what mood do the illustrations set? What can you glean from the section heads, photo captions or pull-quotes? What can you learn about the author? Are you the intended audience?
Technique #3 : Be patient . Remember when you were little and would watch the same movie over and over? Maybe you still do that. With every viewing, you notice something new or see the movie differently. The same goes for reading: Each time, you get a fresh, deeper understanding. So have the patience to go back through a section a second or even third time. Do “rough readings” like we do rough drafts.
We also set the stage with open discussions about the students’ experiences during Covid, and about their transition into college. To facilitate those conversations, I assign “ The Pandemic Generation Goes to College. It Has Not Been Easy ,” by Eliza Fawcett. I also assign David Kirp’s guest essay about investing in children to break cycles of poverty.
Finally, I introduce social determinants of health using this infographic from the Department of Health and Human Services. With our new knowledge, we make a concept map on our classroom whiteboard. Starting with the word “education” in the center, we list all the ways it affects lives, communities and nations.
This warm-up provides a foundation for students to understand the ecosystem of American education and context for “The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools.”
Main Activity: Make an education intervention.
I start our discussion by referring back to Technique #1: What did you underline? Where are your question marks or exclamation points? Students discuss in groups of four, then we form a circle and each group shares pieces of their conversation.
The assignment comes next. I explain that “ The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools ” is investigative journalism written for a newsmagazine. Then I ask:
Is there another audience that would benefit from the knowledge in the article?
Into what format might you translate this article to reach that audience? In other words, how could you communicate an idea from the article into a different genre — and which genre would you choose?
If students are confused, we go through some “what ifs” using clues from the concept map:
What if you want to reach parents of school-age children?
… You might create a campaign through a school’s parent-teacher association or an infographic.
What if you want to reach voters in rural communities?
… You might make a campaign poster or write a speech.
What if you want to reach teachers?
… You might create a Facebook post or a union platform.
What if you want to reach politicians?
… You might write a letter to the Secretary of Education or a member of Congress.
What if you want to reach teenagers?
… You might create an Instagram campaign or a pop song or a school play.
Before students start work on their projects, we revisit the Rhetorical Triangle , a concept that I introduce on the first day of class. This helps them understand where they fit in relation to their new audience, what specific message they want to convey and how their new genre is best suited to deliver that information.
This is also a time to engage the challenges of writing for communities that students don’t belong to. Will they write as themselves or as a community member? If they write as themselves, how will that shape their influence?
Student Outcome: ‘This assignment let my creative juices flow!’
My students come into class thinking that they are going to spend the quarter writing research papers. When they learn that they’ll be working on this assignment instead, they are pleasantly surprised — and I love the cornucopia of results. They have created songs, a school play, lawsuits, policy memos, comics, slide presentations to lure businesses into rural areas, speeches, campaign posters, websites, GoFundMe campaigns, and many letters to elected and appointed individuals who can make a difference.
Comments from my students have helped me refine the assignment over the three quarters that I’ve experimented with it. At first, my guidelines were narrower, directing students to create something within a specific genre. When I loosened that aspect of the prompt, students’ creativity really took off. Now I hear reactions like these:
“This assignment let my creative juices flow!”
“I loved doing this because it helped me understand the article even more.”
“I learned a lot of cool skills doing this assignment!”
“I loved being able to create and design my own Instagram post.”
Going Further: What is school for? How can we make change?
Because metacognition is an essential part of my class, the students accompany their genre translation with a reflective essay explaining why they made the choices they did. They write about the parts of the “The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools” that inspired them to pick their new audience, and they reflect on the ways that they styled their work to reach those audiences most effectively.
But our engagement with The Times doesn’t end there. Two weeks later, we have a jigsaw conversation using “ What Is School For? ” — a special section published in September 2022. The readings, a series of essays from the Opinion section, give some history behind public education and help us think about what’s worth preserving and what needs a fresh look.
As we reach the end of the class, we consider solutions. Another special Times section , this one featuring reporting rather than opinion, introduces ideas like community schools, new philosophies about tutoring and course sharing between universities.
I also show an Opinion video about teachers. It vividly captures the challenges that educators face in the classroom — and the challenges that schools face as many teachers retire or quit the profession as a result.
Finally, because we spend a lot of time exploring problems in education, for their final assignment my students write a mock grant request to the City of Seattle requesting funding for a solution .
Adapting these ideas to your classroom
Times reporting is critical to my students’ broad understanding of education and to their efforts to conceive solutions. As a daily reader of the paper, I’m always scanning for stories to share or summarize. I want my students to bring that big-picture awareness and knowledge into classes and conversations on their own educational journeys.
And though I use this assignment for undergrads, it can be adapted to other grade levels and subjects. Because students will naturally apply the forms that most interest them — whether law documents or letters, plays or Instagram posts — they are engaged. And once they learn about the different people who play a part in public education, the possibilities for choosing a new audience, and reaching them with a fresh format, are endless.
St. Lucie Public Schools prepares to update school assignment policy
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Public school students in St. Lucie County could soon be assigned to a new school. The school district is looking to update its student assignment system to something called proximity zoning.
"We're looking at options to send students to schools closer to their homes," St. Lucie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince said.
This comes as they prepare to open two new schools in the Tradition area of Port St. Lucie due to the region's rapid growth.
"In the next five years, our county is adding 50,000 single-family homes, so we're aggressively trying to keep up with that by building new schools," Prince said.
Prince said their current school assignment system is outdated and is only costing them more money on transportation.
However, the school district believes proximity zoning will help them minimize transportation costs.
"Currently, we spend about $28 million for transportation for students in the district annually," Prince said. "As we grow, those transportation costs are going to get more and more and more, and it's going to be untenable in the near future."
Parents like Rachel Savela are optimistic about the change.
"I have two school-aged children," Savela said. "I think it will be a positive thing for the students and the district as a whole."
The school district is bringing in a consultant to help them implement the new school assignment policy.
"We don't want to move a lot of students," Prince said. "We want to move as few students as possible, so really what we are trying to look at is how can we accomplish that goal while also increasing our efficiency with transportation."
The change is expected to come in 2025. They still don't know exactly how many students will be affected, but the school district said they plan to notify parents of the changes well in advance.
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Alix Earle tells students: ‘Stay true to yourselves’
By Jenny Hudak [email protected] 11-16-2023
At just 22 years old, Alix Earle has amassed more than 6 million followers on TikTok and 3 million more on Instagram. She was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list as one of the most influential content creators on social media. She has secured business deals with brands like Benefit Cosmetics and L’Oreal and even coined a nickname for her own digital influence—the Alix Earle Effect.
The University of Miami alumna was a guest lecturer on Wednesday afternoon in William “Ted” Bolton ’s Digital Media Metrics class at the Miami Herbert Business School to share stories of her success and to offer advice for aspiring social media content creators.
Earle, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, became one of the fastest-growing creators on social media during her time as a student. She recounted how she navigated the challenges of an explosive takeoff to her career—Earle garnered almost 3 million TikTok followers in one month alone—while remaining focused on her academics.
“Two years ago, I took this class. And I always say this class resonated with me the most because what we learn about digital media analytics and getting to understand how posts perform was so interesting to me and something that I use every day now,” she said.
She went on to credit Bolton, a lecturer, and what she learned in his course, for her strong foundation in understanding the social media business landscape as she launched her career.
Bolton’s class introduces students to evolving new media business metrics and various forms of audience and market analysis across platforms. Throughout the semester, students explore new media usage patterns, cross-platform strategies, and entertainment and news-gathering models.
The lecturer highlighted how Earle’s social media content follows the creation models he teaches about in the class. He also applauded Earle’s dedication to her career and how she has used her platform to create opportunities for University students like herself.
“The reason Alix Earle is Alix Earle is one thing—hard work,” Bolton said. “She works harder than anybody I know.”
Students had the opportunity to chat with Earle about how she creates and manages her content and what inspired her to get started in social media. She shared her strategies for leveraging social media platforms to build a brand and engage audiences effectively and encouraged students to remain authentic to themselves.
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“The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my content would be staying true to yourself. Stick to your niche. I think there will always be negative comments. And people may not believe in you at first, but sticking to content that you love and enjoy doing is really important,” she said.
Earle didn’t shy away from her future, either. When asked about the possibility of TikTok being banned in the United States or social media platforms disappearing in the future, the social media star highlighted how her career goals extend beyond building online platforms.
“It’s important to connect all of your platforms to get the same following across several platforms,” she said. “Social media could be gone overnight. My overarching goal and where I want to be in 10, maybe 20, years from now is to be a business owner. I want to have many different brands under the ‘Alix Earle’ brand.”
And, despite her staggering rise to social media fame and continued success, Earle reflected on the one moment that she says defined success for her—establishing the Alix Earle Scholarship at the Miami Herbert Business School.
“There’s been so many ‘I made it’ moments, but I think the biggest moment had to be establishing the scholarship. UMiami helped me get to where I am and I’m very grateful to be where I am [in my career]. I wanted to give that opportunity to other students to live out their dreams and help them realize they can do the unimaginable,” she said. “The opportunities here are endless. Being in the city of Miami, there’s just something special about this school, the school spirit, and community,” she added.
Mya Goldstein, a senior studying supply chain analytics and marketing, had a chance to ask Earle questions throughout the class. The student said that hearing about Earle’s perseverance through negativity, and her words of encouragement to stay true to oneself, was inspiring.
“It was really exciting,” Goldstein said. “Alix kept saying that she’s the same as all the other students in here. And it was so great to hear about everything she has accomplished in such a short time since graduating.”
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PGC Announces Student Pilot Grant Awardees
The Duke University School of Medicine Office of Biomedical and Graduate Education (OBGE) and Precision Genomics Collaboratory awarded 7 pilot grants of $2,000 each to SOM Biomedical PhD students. The goal of these grants is to support our students in scientific and educational efforts to bolster their graduate training experiences. These awards will help further research in a broad array of topics including cancer, gut microbes, RNA and DNA sequencing, neurons and astrocytes, developing new methods.
Congratulations to the Awardees!
Nhat Duong | Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Mentor: Alexander Hartemink, PhD, Professor of Computer Science
Rylee Hackley | University Program in Genetics & Genomics Mentor: Amy Schmid, PhD, David M. Goodner Associate Professor of Biology
Tania Guerrero-Altamirano | University Program in Genetics & Genomics Mentor: Greg Wray, PhD, Professor of Biology
Aditya Mohan | Medical Scientist Training Program Mentor: Anoop Patel, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
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Gabrielle Sejourne | Cell and Molecular Biology Mentor: Cagla Eroglu, PhD, Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology of Cell Biology
Hannah Thrash | Molecular Cancer Biology Mentor: Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD, Anthony R. Means Cancer Biology Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Deadline for the next round of student pilot grants is February 15 .