A List Of Impressive Argumentative Essay Topics For 4th-Grade Students

For 4th graders, essay writing is a skill that is only really just starting to take form. Students are learning about the different styles of writing and the various points of view available to them. Alongside learning the basic structure of these essays, they’re still mastering basic grammar rules, complex sentence structures, and learning to find their own “voice”. While it’s important to give them challenging work to stretch their wings, so to speak, it’s also important that the topics be simple enough for them actually to accomplish the work and be able to take a lot of pride in the assignment, instead of merely completing it for the sake of completing it. However, one really shouldn’t overlook the simplest of essay topics. Even something so simple as asking a student why they should choose one activity over another is thought-provoking enough that they can create a compelling and, more importantly, creative argument. Argumentative essays are a good way for students to explore why they feel one way or another about something. Even if they don’t have a set “side” they choose for certain arguments, simply going through the act of choosing a side can help them build up their argument if they didn’t have one already.

With this in mind, here are some topics that might be appropriate for 4th-grade students.

  • What sport is more fun: Basketball or Baseball?
  • In some schools, students are not assigned homework. Do you think this is a good idea?
  • Should the President of the United States be allowed to have absolute power?
  • In some areas, children go to school all year. Do you think that this is better than going to school for just part of the year?
  • Do you agree that religion should not be taught in public schools?
  • If you could only play one game for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  • Do you think that it’s important for children to have chores?
  • Do you think that people rely too much on technology?
  • What do you think is a good age for kids to be allowed to stay home alone?

Please keep in mind that the above are only suggestions and that every student and every class, are different. Some students might be capable of more advanced work, but others may struggle with even the simplest of tasks. This is something that, obviously, should be kept in mind when deciding what an appropriate topic would be.