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10th Grade Persuasive Essay Prompts
1. Situation: Many high school students hold part-time jobs after school.

Directions: Think about the effects part-time jobs have on students. Do part-time jobs hinder or help a student’s educational goals? Prompt: Now write to convince your guidance counselor to accept your view of high school students holding part-time jobs.

2. Situation:

Universities and colleges require that entering freshmen must have taken at least two years of a foreign language on the high school level before graduation.

Directions: Think about the advantages and disadvantages of taking two years of a foreign language in high school. Prompt: Write an essay to convince a university or college whether or not two years of a foreign language be a requirement for high school.

3. Situation:

Technology has become vital in our modern society. It acts as both a source for knowledge and for enjoyment.

Directions: Think about technology’s role and connection with education. Does it help or hinder? Prompt: Write to convince the school board to accept your view of technology and its role in your school.

4. Situation:

Your school board members have been asked to consider banning music playing devices (i.e. MP3 layers, CD players) from schools due to distractions they cause in classrooms.

Directions: Think about the effects of listening to music playing devices in the classroom have on you and your friends. Prompt: Now write to convince your school board members to accept your point of view on whether music playing devices should be banned from schools.

5. Situation:

Your school has decided to grant your grade level one privilege that the other grades in your school do not have.

Directions: Think of one privilege that your class does not have that you would now like to have. Prompt: Now write to convince the administrators of your school to grant this privilege to your class for the rest of the year. 4

10th Grade Persuasive Essay Prompts
6. Situation: Many students feel that taking physical education in high school is not necessary, while others see great benefit in it.

Directions: Do you feel that physical education should be a graduation requirement? Prompt: Now write to convince your legislators to accept your point of view.

7. Situation:

Students are legally allowed to drop out of school after they reach the age of 16. The state is currently considering a bill which will raise this age to 18.

Directions: Think about the problems or benefits of raising this age to 18. Prompt: Now write to convince your legislators to accept your viewpoint on the mandatory age for dropping out of school.

8. Situation:

Your principal is thinking of rewarding students who pass the 10th grade FCAT on the first try.

Directions: Think of rewards that you believe would be in the realm of possibility and would be effective motivators so that more students would do their best on this test. Prompt: Now, write to convince your Principal to accept your reward package.

9. Situation:

State guidelines have re-outlined the high school math sequence. All students will soon be required to take geometry before graduation.

Directions: Think about the challenges of all students taking geometry. Prompt: Now, write to convince your legislators to accept you point of view on whether geometry should be required before graduation.

10. Situation:

Celebrities normally get paid many times the amount that fire-fighters, teachers and policemen earn.

Directions: Think about whether you believe that celebrity salaries should be lowered. Prompt: Now write an essay to convince the public that your point of view is justified.

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10th Grade Persuasive Essay Prompts
11. Situation: Online dating services have become popular in recent years.

Directions: You have corresponded online with someone that you would now like to meet face-toface. You realize that there may be...
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