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  • Essay Topics for Kids

    Essays, which can be defined as interpretative or analytical literary compositions are a part andparcel of student life. However, majority of students do not realize the importance of essay writingand consider it to be a worthless activity. They do not understand that essay writing is important fordeveloping their writing skills. Other than this, studies have proved that writing essays are also saidto be important for the intellectual development and knowledge internalization in kids. It not onlyaids in enhancing their analytical and critical thinking skills, but also their research skills. Hence, itis important to include essay writing for students from a very young age. This will help the kids tounderstand the basics of essay writing like formatting, sentence construction, organization ofthoughts, etc. which will aid them further in the higher classes. Teachers should introduce essaywriting to kids with easy topics, gradually moving to more complex topics, like, argumentative,persuasive, etc. which will not only help them in improving their language, but also their writingskills. Let us take a look at some of the school level topics.

    Descriptive Topics

    It is always good to begin with essays where children can describe something. The topic should beabout something that the kids already know, like, their home or family. Such type of essay topics willaid them to learn to organize their thoughts in a constructive manner. After children select theirtopic, they can make points about them, before actually writing the main essay. Here are some goodessay topics that kids may find easy to write.

    My Best Friend

  • My Favorite Sport

    My Last Holiday

    The Pet that I would Like to Have

    What if I had Super Powers

    My Mother/Father

    Things I Like to do During My Pastime

    The Most Special Day of My Life

    The Person I Admire the Most

    The First Day in My New School

    Things I Did During Summer

    A Dream I had Last Night

    My Most Memorable Birthday

    Qualities Required to Become a President

    My Favorite TV Show

    Things that I am Afraid of

    A View from my Window

    Living at a Bus Stop

    My Favorite Food

    My Hobby

    What Will I Do When I Grow Up?

    If I Became an Animal

    The Most Interesting Book I have Read

    If I Became Invisible

    If I had a Magic Pen

    If I Become Rich

    What Makes Me Special?

  • An Eventful Day in My Life

    If I Had Three Wishes, What Would I Wish For?

    All The Things I Want to Do

    What Would I Do If I Became Invisible for a Day?

    My Space Adventure

    A Rainy Day I Spent Alone

    Argumentative Topics

    After descriptive essays, the next step will be argument essay writing. Argumentative essays arethose where students have to put forth their point of view about a topic. However, it is important toremember that these essays cannot be based just on personal knowledge, rather kids have to findenough proof to support their opinions and thoughts.

    Persuasive Topics

    Persuasive essays are somewhat similar to argumentative essays, where students have to presenttheir opinions on a topic. The difference is that the essay should persuade the readers to changetheir opinion about something after reading it. Hence, kids have to conduct thorough researchbefore writing a persuasive essay.

    Compare and Contrast Topics

    Essays of this type prove to be a good exercise for kids where they learn to compare between twoconcepts, find the relations between two contrasting ideas, look at all aspects of a subject andunderstand it in different ways. Compare and contrast topics thus help build analytical skills inchildren.

    Reading from Books vs. Reading Online

    Harry Potter Books vs. Harry Potter Movies

    American English vs. British English

    Comparing two video games

  • Comparing two books

    Comparison between two music genres

    Comparing two athletes/sports figures

    Comparison between two sports events (Wimbledon vs. French Open or NASCAR vs. Formula One)

    Comparing two restaurants

    Comparison between two ways to spend a holiday (going out vs. staying at home)

    Urban Living vs. Rural Living

    Being Rich vs. Being Famous

    Comparing two similar/comparable feelings (being sad vs. being bored or being happy vs. beingcontent)

    Childhood vs. Teenage

    Comparing two famous personalities

    Your Real Home vs. Your Dream Home

    Living on campus vs. Living off campus


    This particular branch of essay writing tests the students' general knowledge and level ofimagination. Students are expected to personify a living or non-living thing and write a descriptionof that thing's life. All these essays are fictitious in nature. Autobiography essays are not based onany famous personalities. Some popular autobiography topics are:

    Autobiography of a book

    Autobiography of a pen

    Autobiography of a tree

    Autobiography of an animal/bird

  • Autobiography of a flower

    Autobiography of a princess

    Autobiography of a river


    If given a chance, what would you do for the poor old man living down the street?

    What would you do with all the Halloween candies that you collected this year?

    Convincing parents for a picnic

    Planning a surprise party for Dad

    What would you do if you found yourself in the land of Lilliput?

    Inventing an animal

    How would you like to decorate your room?

    Is it important for children to go to a boarding school?

    If I were the Mayor

    If I were the President

    If I were a billionaire

    If I were a tree

    If I were a devil/an angel

    These essay topics for kids can be altered slightly by the teacher as per the grade at which thechildren are studying. Teachers should also give the kids appropriate guidelines for each type ofessay that they have to write. Practicing essay writing on these topics is a way of preparing kids todeal with more complex essay topics that they will encounter during their higher studies.

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