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A List Of Great Persuasive Essay Topics About Sports For Middle School


For many kids, middle school is when they first start their extracurricular sports activities. This is a great way for kids to socialize and get some much-needed activity into their busy, school-centric lives. Academically, writing about sports, particularly for those students that love sports, is a great way for them to express themselves. Persuasive essays are a great tool in that they help a student to focus on precise details to create and support their argument. It allows them to be creative, as well as giving them the chance to assert their knowledge about a particular subject area. So, for the sports-minded student, here are some essay topics to get them started if they didn’t already have a topic chosen.

  • [Athlete A] is much better than [Athlete B]. Here’s why.
  • Why basketball is more exciting than baseball.
  • [Sports team] would be a much better team if only they had [player].
  • [Sports A] takes much more concentration than [Sports B].
  • Choose two historic basketball players. Who would win if they played a 1-on-1 game?
  • Do you think the NFL is too violent? Why or why not?
  • Should the World Cup be held more often than every four years?
  • Do you think that college athletes should be paid?
  • If an athlete uses steroids, do you think they should be allowed in the Hall of Fame?
  • Do you think that 164 games in a season is too many for baseball?
  • Do you think that players should have to go to college before becoming a professional athlete?
  • Can you compare statistics and records between two athletes from different eras?
  • Is LeBron James the best player in basketball history?
  • Should teams be allowed to relocate to another area of the United States?
  • Should cities be allowed to have more than one professional team per sport? For example, should New York be allowed to have the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets?
  • Should female athletes be allowed to play on male sports teams?
  • Are the New York Yankees the best baseball team ever?
  • Who has the most impressive record in [Sport]?
  • Who do you think is the best boxer of all time?
  • Is Ronda Rousey inspirational to women?

The above are just some examples of what might be impressive topics for middle school students that wish to write about sports. There are many, many other options out there. All it takes is a little creativity and a good, solid argument.

Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)

So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race, please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge.

What’s your favorite question on this list? What questions should we ask, but haven’t yet? Tell us in the comments.

And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.

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