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Scottish Persuasive Essay Topics

Persuasive Essay Ideas

Posted onAugust 8, 2013


Just a few topics that you might want to research:

  • the Russian Olympics and their stance on the rights of gay and lesbian citizens of Russia
  • the wisdom (or otherwise) of hosting the football World Cup in Qatar
  • policing the internet – twitter abuse, trolling, opting in to receive adult content
  • the bedroom tax
  • zero hours contracts and the workfare scheme
  • the war on benefit claimants
  • the representation of female characters in video games
  • should the minimum wage be replaced by a ‘living wage’

I’ll probably think of more as the year goes on and add them to the blog. Likewise, if you have any ideas or suggestions then please don’t hesitate to post a comment below.

Mr. Adam

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In a discursive piece you are expected to discuss a given topic and present an argument related to it.

Organising a discursive essay

There are two basic types of discursive essay. Firstly there are persuasive essays in which you can argue strongly either in favour of or against a given discussion.

Alternatively, there are argumentative essays. In these you look at a discussion topic in a balanced way.

Finding information for a discursive essay

There are many sources you can use to find information for your discursive essay. These include:

  • relevant books from a library
  • online sources
  • magazines and newspapers
  • television and video
  • family members
  • friends

When looking in the library, focus on the non-fiction and reference sections. When searching online, always think carefully about key words.

Make sure you consider the reliability of all your sources. It is important you keep a note of where all your information comes from. This will allow you to check it again later and to complete your bibliography and footnotes.