Every day of the school year, we publish a fresh Student Opinion question. Below are all the 181 questions we asked during the 2018-19 school year, divided into two categories — those that easily lend themselves to classroom debate and persuasive writing, and those that are more suitable for creative, personal or reflective writing.
Each question is based on content from The New York Times, and all are still open to comment by students 13 and older. Each linked Times article is also accessible without a digital subscription.
Teachers tell us they use these questions to help students practice writing persuasively; as inspiration for lessons; as jumping-off points for class discussions and debates; or just to encourage student engagement with current events and with other young people from around the world.
For even more ideas on how to use this feature in your classroom, check out our free, on-demand webinar that explores how to use our thousands of writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice across the curriculum.
Questions for Debate and Persuasive Writing