Essay Writing Topics For High School Students


With more high schools implementing learning opportunities where students have choice and time, high school students often get to choose their essay topics, too. School leaders are realizing that students perform better on assignments when they are given the opportunity to choose what they want to learn about and how they want to learn. Even when schools offer choice, they usually require that students write essays about the topic they chose. So, students need to be able to choose topics that are interesting to them and can be written about in a good essay.


Narrow Essays to the Community Level


In many cases, the most powerful learning for high school students is done on a community level. Students tend to pick big topics, but when their teachers help them narrow them into something realistic, they tend to focus on their communities. These are some topics that students are often interesting in learning about:

  • Homelessness
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Poverty
  • Hunger

While these topics are good, they are large topics that are difficult for students to tackle on a global scale. If they look at the topics from their local viewpoint, they can then create interesting essay topics like:

  • Fighting Homelessness in Our School
  • Preventing Suicide in Our School
  • Building Support for Students with Depression in our School
  • What Can Be Done to Support Students who Live in Poverty in Our Community
  • What My Church Does to Reduce Hunger in Our Community

Writing about Global Topics Locally


These essay can be informative, persuasive, or argumentative, but they all have meaning to the students who write them because they are about their own small worlds. Students can also look at how current events affect them on a local scale. For example, they could write essays about these topics:

  • How is Climate Change affecting the way business is done in our community?
  • How is the War in Afghanistan affecting the families in our community?
  • How are Immigration Laws affecting employers and families in our community?
  • What is National Healthcare doing to our physicians in our community?

Building Life Skills Along with Essay Writing Skills


It seems like nearly every essay topic could be shrunk down to the community level. By doing this, high school students can contact local community members to find out answers that they can use in their essays. This helps students learn how to communicate face-to-face with community leaders and build interviewing skills. They also learn how to incorporate interviews and first-person resources into their essays, too.

Posted by December 6th, 2016