General Expository Essay Topics

These topics, written by ninth and tenth grade students, can be used in a variety of courses.

1. Explain why you admire a particular person.

2. Explain why someone you know should be regarded a leader.

3. Explain why parents are sometimes strict.

4. If you had to be an animal, which would you be and why?

5. Explain why you especially enjoyed a particular teacher.

6. Explain why some cities have curfews for teens.

7. Explain why some students forced to leave school once they are sixteen.

8. Explain how moving from place to place affects teens.

9. Explain why getting a drivers license is an important event in the lives of many teenagers.

10. Describe the major stressors in teens' lives.

11. Explain why you like (or do not like) to work in a team.

12. Describe some nonmaterial things that make you happy.

13. Explain why some teens commit suicide.

14. Explain the how music affects your life.

15. Explain the impact of different music genres on society.

16. Explain why students listen to a particular type of music.

17. Explain why some teens skip school.

18. Explain the likely consequences of skipping school

19. Describe the likely consequences of doing poorly in school.

20. Explain why teens do drugs.

21. Describe the likely consequences of selling drugs.

22. Describe the likely consequences of taking drugs.

23. Explain why teens smoke cigarettes.

24. Explain the likely consequences of being kicked out of school.

25. Explain the likely consequences of skipping classes.

26. Explain the likely consequences of brothers and sisters constantly fighting.

27. Explain why teens wear makeup.

28. Explain the consequences of having alcohol on the school campus.

29. Explain the likely consequences of being sexually active without using protection.

30. Explain why some teens parents do not like to be alone with their child's boyfriend or girlfriend.

31. Explain the likely consequences of increasing the passing time between classes from five to fifteen minutes.

32. Explain why some teens join gangs.

33. Explain the difficulties some teens have once they are in gangs.

34. Explain how life for a teenager changes once she has a baby.

35. Describe what you feel a boy should do if he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.

36. Explain why you should laughing at an embarrassing moments.

37. Describe the effects of marijuana.

38. Explain the likely consequences of teens becoming sexually active.

39. Explain why it is helpful to organize your materials and activities.

40. Explain why your school work is important.

41. Describe the ways you help out at home.

42. Explain the likely consequences of abolishing capital punishment.

43. Explain the consequences of adopting a pass/fail grading system.

44. Explain the likely consequences of enforcing an 11:00 p.m. curfew.

45. Explain the likely consequences of ending forced bussing.

46. Explain why some teenagers dislike saying the pledge to the flag.

47. Explain why some schools don't have open lunch policies.

48. Explain why most teenagers are materialistic.

49. Explain why some teens get jobs.

50. Explain the consequences of having a job while in high school.

51. Explain the likely consequences of dropping out of school.

52. Describe some productive ways students can spend their leisure time.

53. Explain why dealing with their parents' divorce can be difficult for many teens.

54. Explain why teens love their parents even when family situations are difficult.

55. Describe the things that bring you greatest happiness.

56. Describe three things you would like to change about the world and explain why you would change them.

57. Explain why you prefer living in an apartment (or house).

58. Describe the likely consequences of requiring a childbearing license.

59. Select three objects that symbolize our culture and explain why you selected them.

60. Explain why you are interested in a particular career.

61. Explain the likely consequences of requiring students to wear uniforms.