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List of Persuasive Speech Topics for Students

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There is a small but important difference between planning a persuasive speech and writing a persuasive essay. First, if you are planning a persuasive speech, you should think about a topic that can create mental pictures in the minds of your audience. For this reason, you may want to consider a few topics before settling on the one that allows you to be more descriptive and entertaining.

Another important factor when picking a persuasive speech topic is to choose a topic that can provoke your audience a little. If you stir up a little emotion in your audience, you'll keep their attention. And that will make your speech better!

The list below is provided to help you brainstorm. You can choose a topic from this list or use the list to generate an idea of your own.

  • Studying martial arts is good for mind and health.
  • Competitive sports can teach us about life.
  • Reality shows are exploiting people.
  • Community service should be required for teens.
  • These qualities make a hero.
  • It's important to grow things in a garden.
  • Violent video games are dangerous/harmless.
  • Lyrics in a song can impact our lives.
  • Traveling and studying abroad is positive.
  • Journal writing is therapeutic.
  • You should spend time with grandparents.
  • Lap top versus tablet: one is better.
  • Religion and science can go hand in hand.
  • School uniforms are good/bad.
  • All-girl colleges and all-boy colleges are good/bad.
  • Multiple choice tests are better than essay tests.
  • We should/should not spend money on space exploration.
  • Open book tests are as effective as closed book tests.
  • Security cameras keep us safer.
  • Parent's should have access/should not have access to students' grades.
  • Small classes are better than big classes.
  • You can build a savings account.
  • Credit cards are harmful for college students.
  • We should have a royal family.
  • We should/should not protect endangered animals.
  • Texting while driving should be illegal.
  • You can write a novel.
  • You can go to your college of choice.
  • State colleges are better than private colleges.
  • Private colleges are better than state colleges.
  • We should do away with penny coins.
  • Fast food containers hurt the environment.
  • You can eat and enjoy healthy snacks.
  • You can become a millionaire.
  • Dogs are better pets than cats.
  • You should own a bird.
  • It's unethical to keep birds in cages.
  • Liberal arts degrees prepare better workers.
  • Ghost hunting is dangerous.
  • Football is dangerous/safe.
  • School days should start later.
  • Night school is better than day school.
  • Technical training is better than a college degree.
  • Immigration laws should be stricter/more lenient.
  • Students should be able to pick their schools.
  • Everyone should learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Cockroaches should be eliminated.
  • Sharks should be protected.
  • We should do away with cars and go back to horse and carriage for transportation.
  • We should use more wind power.
  • We should pay more taxes.
  • We should do away with taxes.
  • Teachers should be tested like students.
  • We should control the weather.
  • Every student should join a club.
  • Homeschooling is better than traditional school.
  • People should stay married for life.
  • Smoking in public should be illegal.
  • Students should live on campus.
  • Parents should let students fail.
  • Giving is good.
  • Education makes us happier people.
  • Death penalty is good/bad for society.
  • Bigfoot is real.
  • We should increase train travel to save the environment.
  • We should read more classic books.
  • Fame is bad for children.
  • Athletes should stay loyal to teams.
  • We should reform our prisons.
  • Juvenile offenders should/should not go to boot camps.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the best president.
  • Abraham Lincoln gets too much credit.
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