Research Writing Prompts


  1. Medical researchers, cosmetic companies, and others often perform experiments on animals. Many people feel that experimentation on animals is wrong and should be stopped immediately because animals do feel pain, and there are other alternatives. State your position and use researched reasons and examples to support.
  2. Research shows that the average American watches as much as six hours of television a day. Research the effects of technology usage in relation to proper brain development. Take a stance on whether or not too much technology usage is destructive and support using researched evidence and examples.
  3. In many countries, citizens are required to serve in the military for a year or more. Should the United States institute a similar practice? Why or Why not? Use specific examples and evidence from research to support your claim.
  4. Many junior high and high schools around the country now require students to spend a certain number of hours each term doing volunteer work or community service. Some people believe this is an excellent idea that promotes good citizenship and cultivates compassion. Others feel that forced volunteerism is not volunteerism at all. Take a stance on this topic and research evidence and examples to support your position.
  5. Many of us spend hours in front of our computers and communicate more by social media or text messaging than in person. Some people believe that this is good because it helps build communication amongst people. Others believe that technology communication prevents us from developing interpersonal skills and limits our ability to have meaningful relationships with others. Take a stance on this topic and research evidence and examples to support your position.
  6. The issue of “gender reassignment” has always been a controversial topic. Should this type of elective surgery be covered by insurance? Another strand of this topic focuses on surgery in children. Is it ethical or proper to allow children to undergo surgery and treatment for gender reassignment?  Select one of the research questions and develop a stance on it.
  7. The Internet includes many websites with images and content that is inappropriate. Should websites like these be more strictly censored? Take a stance on this topic and research evidence and examples to support your position.
  8. Some people go right on to college after high school; others take a year or more off to work or travel. Which choice is the better choice? Take a stance on this topic and use researched evidence an examples to support and explain your position.
  9. Many parents do not allow their children to play with toy guns or watch cartoons that depict violence because they believe that it will increase the likelihood of violent behaviors in children. Take a stance on this topic and use researched evidence an examples to support and explain your position.
  10. Many science fiction stories deal with the possibility of being able to “design” our children by choosing the specific physical and personality traits we would like them to have. Is this an ethical choice? Take a stance on this topic and explain your argument using researching evidence and examples.
  11. Some educators argue that every child in every school should have access to a tablet or computer. Others believe that the value of technology in the classroom is overrated and that computers may actually interfere with the learning process. Take a stance on this topic and explain your argument using researched evidence and examples.
  12. Over the last five years the United States has spent decreasing amounts of money on space exploration. Should the United States invest more time, money, and effort in space exploration? Take a stance on this topic and explain your argument using evidence and examples from research.
  13. Many schools employ security guard and have installed security equipment such as video cameras and metal detectors in the building. How should security in public schools be handled? Create a stance on this topic and explain your argument using evidence and examples from research to support.
  14. In a small minority of schools across the nation, students do not earn grades; rather, they receive regular written and oral evaluations of their work. Some people believe that this is more effective for learning than the grading system, which they believe rewards students unevenly and encourages competitiveness that is counterproductive to learning. Create a stance on this topic and explain your argument using evidence and examples from research to support.