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 to 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 schooling.
  • 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.
  • T​he 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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Fleming, Grace. "List of Persuasive Speech Topics for Students." ThoughtCo, Aug. 30, 2017, Fleming, Grace. (2017, August 30). List of Persuasive Speech Topics for Students. Retrieved from Fleming, Grace. "List of Persuasive Speech Topics for Students." ThoughtCo. (accessed April 22, 2018).