Should people become vegetarians?

Research Source Examples: Scholarly research articles, News websites (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) for articles and information about your topic

~ Magazine articles, newspaper articles (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc.) that support and counter argue your position. Government websites (.gov), education websites (.edu), call to action websites (i.e. MADD) are useful resources.

~ Look for facts, statistics, professional comments, emotional testimonies, historical information, etc.

Additional Information:

~ Use quotes from your sources to support the arguments you include for both sides. Cite each one in the proper MLA format.

~ Explain the quote in your own words. Explain how the information supports the argument (reason).

It is not possible to persuade someone to believe your viewpoint without supporting your point of view with evidence taken from credible sources and using expert opinions. A Persuasive Essay is not complete without Facts, Reasons, Examples and Details. Personal testimonies/emotional appeals are also useful for support.


You cannot choose any topic question related to the Death Penalty for your Essay Project because I will be using the Death Penalty as the example in class.

1. Should state colleges be free to attend?

2. Should people become vegetarians?

3. Should college athletes be paid for playing?

4. Should students be required to take foreign language classes?

5. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?

6. Should girls be allowed to play on boys sports teams? (For example: football)

7. Should boys and girls attend separate classes in school?

8. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished?

9. Why should everyone recycle? Should there be laws/fines citing people who fail to recycle?

10. Should larger passengers have to pay for two seats on an airplane or two movie theater tickets?

11. Should students who commit cyber-bullying or any kind of bullying be suspended from school and/or put in jail?

12. Should abortions be legal? Should abortions be legal in cases of rape and incest?

13. Should people with terminal illnesses have the right to doctor assisted suicides?

14. Should all athletes (middle school, high school, and college) take mandatory drug tests?

15. Should scientists be allowed to test products intended for human use on animals?

16. Should students be allowed to drop out before they turn 18 years old and enter a trade school?

17. Should students as young a fourteen be allowed to work?

18. Should American families have a two child max rule to limit population growth?

19. Should the government mandate tying the tubes of women who are drug addicts, alcoholics, abusive, smokers, etc.? (i.e. Should the women not be allowed to have children?)

20. Should men be allowed to participate in the Miss America Pageant?

21. Should the arts (creative writing, dance, music/band, art, etc.) be taken out of schools? (Are the creative arts beneficial for students?)

22. Should the American education system be changed to include a more European style of education and include classes on Saturday? (For example, children as young as 5 and 6 years old begin to memorize/analyze poetry from major poets, knowledge of world history is mandatory, knowledge of two foreign languages is mandatory, there are no GE requirements in college, etc.)