High School Essay Topics For Students in 10th GradeThe student handbook for high school students is filled with 'appropriate' essay topics for the student to work on in the context of an English essay. Unfortunately, most of the essay topics that are available are generic or in many cases totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. As a high school English teacher, I was always forced to pick a topic that wasn't relevant and then scramble to put together something that was related or at least plausible.
Here are some 'sample essays' for high school students that might inspire them. These topics come from past and present lessons, with my favorite being a discussion of the environmental impact of slavery in America.
In lesson one of Larry Kapital's book, 'How To Write An Essay On History', a student asked the following question: 'What do you think of slavery?' Most of the students were in agreement with the slavery connection. But, some had thoughts on the subject that we could not disagree with!
When students come to this particular topic, don't hesitate to include it. Have the students think about the history of the institution of slavery, how it became an institution and what other factors made slavery prevalent in the U.S. Of course, there's a strong chance that some of them will dismiss the idea that slavery should be viewed as an institution. But if there are some who do embrace the idea, you can begin to demonstrate how they arrived at that conclusion.
In lesson two of Penelope Gabriel's book, 'Introduction To Writing A Dissertation', students asked: 'Why is writing a dissertation the hardest thing a person can do?' The first thing you can do when approaching this is to give the students the following idea. Let them reflect on how they would prepare a master's thesis or an academic paper if they were to be given a similar assignment.
It's important to make the students understand that when you're writing their dissertation, the knowledge you possess is not as valuable as your attitude. So, find something to bring out your best self and let your students see that you can handle the situation gracefully. After all, they have placed their trust in you!
As a high school American public school student, I was no match for the students who wanted to know what the 'Impact Of Slavery On The American Public School System' was! However, their questions and analysis have encouraged me to keep my eye out for new topics for future topics in high school English and composition. However, for now, I will encourage my students to write about their own beliefs and experiences to hone their skill as critical thinkers.