Persuasive Essay Topics For 3rd Grade: 15 Exciting Ideas

Third graders can write awesome persuasive essays if they have some really exciting ideas to work with. The topics should be relevant to the 3rd graders interests, knowledge and abilities. They also need to be reminded that a 'persuasive' essay is about influencing the reader to believe in their point of view.

  1. People should go to jail if they abandon their pets. (Is jail the best option are there other forms of punishments).
  2. Children should be rewarded if they get good grades. (Why should they be rewarded? Does the reward only apply to an 'A' grade or should it be given for effort).
  3. It is better to have short hair than long hair. (Talk about the practicalities, cost of cutting and styling and the cost of products).
  4. It should be law that everyone recycles their rubbish. (The government should limit the amount of trash that people produce?)
  5. Living in the country is better than living in the city. (Talk about the positives of living in the country and the differences between living in the city.)
  6. We all need to grow our own vegetables and fruit. (Importance of knowing how food is produced and the amount of work that is needed to produce it).
  7. People should car pool more often. (Not just because of being eco-friendly but also because of limited parking facilities and the social aspect).
  8. We can change the world. (We can all change the world a bit at a time).
  9. The school year should be longer ( or write about the need for more holidays)
  10. Etiquette should be taught in schools. (Etiquette is sometime learned by unwritten rules. It may be easier if we learned the rules formally).
  11. There should be an entrance exam for going to high school. (What do you think would be the outcome? Do you think that if there was an entrance exam do you think that some students may not get to high school?)
  12. Bullies should be thrown out of academic institutions (schools) and parents of bullies should be fined.
  13. School test are not effective. (What other ways are there to assess abilities?)
  14. Cheerleader’s costumes are too revealing. (Are the costumes outdated? Offer a suggestion for an alternative)
  15. Every family should have a natural disaster plan.(Stress the importance of the plan. What is a good plan?)

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