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High School Essay Topics On Africa

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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  • Virginia Kearney 5 days agofrom United States

    Hi Ismail, here are some good topics:

    How has Christianity influenced American (choose one: politics, sports, family life or holiday celebrations).

    Why did Americans elect Donald Trump in 2016?

  • Ismail 6 days ago

    Please , I want you to help me to find some topics for my research paper which is about American studies . But specific topics

  • Chalaya 5 months ago

    This website is so helpful!!! Keep up the good work

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Hi Kaelyn! I'm very glad this helped you. You can find more topics in my Technology and Science topics lists. Pl

  • Kaelyn 5 months ago

    This website has helped so much!! My teacher assigns a current event every week and most students are confused on what topic to choose and I told them about this website. I love how there is an article for every topic for easy citation.

  • Nichole Byrd 8 months ago

    Does spending time on social media cause children to have mental health problems?

  • Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States

    Kmondoi, I am so glad that you were able to use my links to find the information you needed. I work so hard to try to provide the best possible links to find the answers that my students need. It makes me very happy to know that these worked for you and that you got a good grade.

  • kmondoi 9 months ago

    thanks to the author , I got the solution my research topic from here which had given me headache for weeks .now I proudly presented a research which was ranked the best in my class

  • Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States

    Hi Ella-I'm so glad you wanted to work hard on your school project. I have five children, and my youngest has just learned this year how much fun it is to work even harder than your teacher expects. I hope you will come back for more ideas.

  • Ella is looking for a report 9 months ago

    Hi! I am only 9 years old but i want to make my teacher proud and this website really helped. Was interested in the 3-D printing thingie. i really love the website! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -Ella

  • N.a.k 11 months ago

    Wow this is so help full I'm so glad I found this website

  • Leah "the Bean" Sinder 11 months ago

    Very helpful. I enjoyed reviewing the concepts listed and found them to be quite insightful-especially for individuals constructing essays.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Hi Donna--Yes, I'm really interested in the 3-D printing idea. I had a student in my class this semester who knew someone who worked for a 3-D company which would allow you to design anything and then sell it online. If someone wanted to buy it, they can, and the company would then create it on their 3-D printer and ship it off! Amazing! There is actually a TEDD talk by the man who is developing the 3-D printer for organs and body parts. I didn't include it in the article because it is less interesting at the beginning, and I thought it would not capture a person's attention as well, but it you are interested, you might want to check it out.

  • Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years agofrom Newburyport, MA

    Great current event topics! I saw a TV segment on 3d printers. It is pretty amazing what they can copy. The video you posted about the next possibility being copying body parts and organs is incredible!

  • Kati Mc 3 years ago

    Awesome! Great research topics