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Current Issues: Find Topics


This Guide will help you find information on current issues and controversial, debatable topics. This information will be helpful for papers and projects in which you need to take a side on an issue, such as an argumentative or persuasive English paper about current issues, controversies and debatable topics.

Web sites: Finding topics

You can use these resources to choose a topic in order to start your research.

75 persuasive speech topics and ideas
 See the wide range of categorized topics, and other details that can help you to start with writing and presenting a persuasive speech on a topic you really care about. Understand the issues. Understand each other
A leading source for pro con issues with a non-partisan approach, which has a mission of  "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
401 ideas to write your speech on..Learning Network, Teaching and Learning with the New York Times. (

509 Informative Speech Ideas and Topics
A site with "hundreds of topics for informative speeches and essays".

Major Types of Informative Speeches
Writing guide from the Writing Studio at Colorado State University

Topic Selection Helper
A list to help pick a topic from, put together by University of Hawai`i  Maui Community College Speech Department  

100 persuasive speech topics for students
A great starting point. A site with ideas on how to choose, write and present a speech that is thought-provoking and can keep your audience engaged. Includes a great list of topics to help you prepare for it.

243 Easy and simple speech topics
Another great starting point. Pick a topic from this interesting list of topics and also learn all about writing, preparing and presenting a speech that you are interested in.

Picking Your Topic

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