General Education. Controversial topics are a good choice for an essay or debate because they immediately draw in the reader or listener. After all, when something is controversial, everybody wants to have their say over it. Controversial topics are issues that can really get people up in arms.
An argumentative essay requires you to decide on a topic and take a position on it. You'll need to back up your viewpoint with well-researched facts and information as well. One of the hardest parts is deciding which topic to write about, but there are plenty of ideas available to get you started. Students often find that most of their work on these essays is done before they even start writing. This means that it's best if you have a general interest in your subject, otherwise you might get bored or frustrated while trying to gather information.
Not everyone has the appropriate abilities to write a good essay. Unfortunately, today people are used to writing short messages on their smartphones, or following various futile discussions on the forums. For that reason, less and less people today are able to write a good controversial paper, as this requires several abilities and competences which people do not develop such as critical thinking, ability to present information, and ability to analyze it. Writing a controversial paper includes presenting an important issue and a debate on it in its short form because the whole debate cannot be presented in a short school or college essay. You need to define your topic very well, then to present the current debate on it, and to manifest your personal standpoint.
Last Updated: April 29, References. This article was co-authored by Michelle Golden, PhD. Michelle Golden is an English teacher in Athens, Georgia.