Phew. That was a mouthful! I didn't think 10 writing prompts would be that long...
One thing you'll notice is that all of the writing prompts provide the students with an authentic situation. These are all plausible things that could happen to a third grade student. As Paulo Freire would suggest, these are authentic. He or she will have a frame of reference to think about the question, and it's framed in terms of a person or group that the student already interacts with - parents, teachers, principals, etc.
All students would benefit from authentic and meaningful writing tasks, but this especially true of younger students who have trouble grappling with abstract concepts. If you need more ideas, you could try looking through this list of persuasive essay topics about school rules and see if you could adapt them for a younger audience.
You'll also want to think about how your students can organize their writing. Essay mapping and outlining is an equally important skill, and as your students get older they will need to be able to organize their thoughts into multiple, discrete paragraphs. An essay map, like this online graphic organizer, may useful in helping them organize different reasons to support their argument.
Good luck, and happy writing to you and your third graders!
The Top 20 Best Persuasive Essay Topics For Elementary School
Even our youngest students are not immune from the pressures of essay writing. While it is good practice for their later education years, and for teaching them how to argue for what they believe in, getting them to choose a topic can be extremely difficult. The key to making this a rewarding and non-punishing experience for your child is to help them make it fun. Fun is definitely relative, but here are twenty of the best persuasive essay topics that can be used in elementary school:
- Should students be permitted to have their cell phones with them during class?
- The cafeteria is starting to serve ice cream as a dessert but only flavor will be offered. Write a letter to the principal explaining what your choice would be and why they should choose it.
- You want a friend to spend the night on a school night. Create an argument that will sway your parents to let the sleepover happen.
- Your summer vacation is coming up and you are going away with your family. You are only allowed to bring one of the following: coloring books, books, or action figures or dolls. Explain how and why you would choose.
- Should your family make the move to a large city or to the country?
- Which rule does your household have that you disagree with? Persuade your parents to reconsider their position.
- Your family won the lottery. What should the money be used for?
- Your class is burying a time capsule. What item should not be left out?
- Why should you be allowed to have your own pet?
- Vegetables should be grown by everyone at home.
- It is time for me to stay at home by myself.
- What field trip is the most interesting?
- Should we have homework every night?
- Why war is bad
- Should there be a ban on junk food at school, even if it is sent with your lunch from home?
- We need to save electricity. People use too much power.
- Math is way too hard. We should not have to learn about it at all.
- Should animals be kept in zoos or should they remain free?
- What has more impact - recycling or donating?
- It is better to live in the country than the city/ the city than the country.