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Year 11 Essay Topics

Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay,  and finally editing and grading them.

It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students.

Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics that might just make that process a little easier.  Enjoy.  And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.

If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our definitive guide to writing a great essay. 

  1. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment.  Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.
  2. Imaginethat your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks.  Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.
  3. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
  4.  Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
  5. Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability.  Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices?
  6. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
  7. Is the death penalty effective?
  8. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?
  9. What age is appropriate for dating?
  10. Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your    imagination!
  11. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?
  12. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools?
  13. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations?
  14. Should money be spent on space exploration?
  15. Is fashion important?
  16. Are we too dependent on computers?
  17. Ifyou had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional    or nonfictional — to a place that is special to you (your hometown or    country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us    what you would share with that person
  18. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?
  19. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  20. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
  21. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows.  Do you agree?
  22. Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should    children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you    think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your    reasons.
  23. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
  24. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
  25. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a narrative essay can also tell an exciting story and create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind! We’ve got 50 narrative essay topics designed to prompt students to craft memorable written narratives. These can be modified for students in elementary, middle and high school. Feel free to print the entire essay topics list for plenty of inspiration for your next narrative essay assignment!

Tell a Story About…

  1. Your first day of school.
  2. Your most exciting day of school
  3. A field trip that your class took.
  4. Your favorite summer vacation.
  5. A trip that included something unexpected or surprising.
  6. A time that you experienced something spooky.
  7. A time that you experienced something truly frightening.
  8. A time that you learned something new that changed you in some way.
  9. The moment when you met someone who changed your life.
  10. The day that you got your first pet.
  11. A move from one place to another.
  12. Something funny that happened to you.
  13. Something funny that happened to one of your family members or friends.
  14. Something embarrassing that happened to you.
  15. Your favorite birthday party.
  16. A birthday that was disappointing.
  17. A big storm (rain, snow or even a tornado!).
  18. A time that the power went out.
  19. A summer day when the temperature got much higher than expected.
  20. A time when you went to an amusement park.
  21. A time when you got lost somewhere.
  22. A memorable experience with a favorite family member.
  23. A sad experience with someone about whom you care.
  24. Your most exciting moment playing sports.
  25. Your most exciting moment performing in a play, singing, playing music or dancing.
  26. An experience that left you feeling frustrated.
  27. An experience that was hard but ended up being worth it.
  28. A time that you experienced rejection.
  29. A weird encounter with a stranger.
  30. A random act of kindness.
  31. A time that you took a stand for someone or for an issue that you care about.
  32. A moment when you thought you might get hurt but didn’t.
  33. Breaking a bone (or otherwise suffering an injury).
  34. Your first time away from home for the night (or longer).
  35. A time when you experienced a historic event.
  36. Where you were when a major event happened. (Note: You don’t need to have been at the site of the event; this prompt is about where you were when you found out about the event and how you reacted.)
  37. A time when you rebelled against your parents or teacher.
  38. A dangerous experience.
  39. A misunderstanding between yourself and someone else.
  40. A difficult decision that you had to make.
  41. The end of a friendship or relationship.
  42. The beginning of a friendship or relationship.
  43. A time when you judged someone first and then realized that you were wrong about the person.
  44. A time when someone judged you first and then realized that he or she was wrong about you.
  45. A moment when you felt that you were starting to grow up.
  46. A time when you saw one or both of your parents in a different light.
  47. A time when you looked up to your older sibling.
  48. A time when your younger sibling looked up to you.
  49. A time when you were grateful to be an only child.
  50. An experience that you think has only ever happened to you!

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