Research Writing Prompts Part 2

15. Many schools are moving to a new curriculum that values nonfiction reading more highly than fiction reading. Some people believe that students learn more from nonfiction than they will ever learn from fictional texts; whereas, there are others who believe the complete opposite. Is reading fiction a waste of time? Take a stance on this topic and explain your argument using evidence and examples from research to support.

16. Many schools offer students who are native speakers of another language the opportunity to take classes in their native tongue so that they can more easily assimilate and better understand the material. Some educators believe that this is a disservice and that these students should be immersed in the English language. Which option is truly more beneficial for students who speak English as a second language? Take a stance on the topic and explain your argument using evidence and examples from research as support.

17. Recently in the state of Indiana, Gov. Pence signed a law into effect that allows adults to keep guns locked in their cars on school property. Considering all of the concerns with school safety, should students and adults alike be wary of this new law and its possible ramifications? Or is it a good idea to keep the law in effect to protect the rights of citizens? Take a stance on this issue, supported with solid research and examples.

18. In our increasingly global society, many people feel that all students should be required to learn a foreign language before graduating from high school. Take a stance on this topic and research evidence and examples to support your argument.

19. Today, more and more colleges and universities are offering only individual courses but entire degree programs online. Some educators worry that online programs do not provide the same quality as on campus education and that in an online program, students can get other to do their work. Others believe online course offer convenience and flexibility enabling students, who might otherwise not be able, to earn a degree and complete their educations. Should colleges and universities offer degrees entirely online? Research evidence to support your explanation and reasoning.

20. Many people feel that the use of surveillance cameras in public places, such as parking lots, is a good idea that can help ensure our safety. Others worry that too many cameras violate our right to privacy and give law enforcement officials too much power. Should we install more surveillance cameras in public? Explain your argument using researched evidence and examples.

21. Recent studies have shown that students often perform better on exams if classical music is played softly in the background. However, some students may find the music distracting. Should schools play more classical music during exams and/or allow students to listen to it on headphones? Take a stance on the topic and support your argument with researched evidence and examples.

22. Most schools require students to read “old” texts such as Ancient Greek tragedies or Shakespearian plays. Many students wonder why they should read these texts instead of more contemporary material. Make a case for or against the reading of classical literature in English classes using researched evidence and examples to support your argument.

23. More and more Americans are deciding to eliminate meat from their diets and become vegetarians. Take a stance for or against becoming a vegetarian. Use specific researched details and evidence to support your claim.

24. Science is a mandated class within a high school student’s curriculum. Yet, some people think that this isn’t enough contact with science for developing minds. Why is it important for students to learn science in high school? Explain your answer using researched evidence and examples.

25. Most high school schedules include a study hall period several times a week. Is study hall a waste of time, or a necessary break from class? State your position and use specific reasons and examples to support your position.