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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

Scroll through these 401 prompts that address many aspects of contemporary life from politics to sports,culture, education and technology, which ones grab your attention? Each question comes from The New York Times daily Student Opinion feature.

401 Prompts PDF

401 topics organized by subject.

Times Topics

The New York Times collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics ranging from AC Milan to ZAP. This treasure trove is available without charge on articles going back to 1981.

Current Events Conversation

From the New York Times-A weekly round-up of their favorite student comments on recent news and issues.

ProCon Topics

The 50 main debate topics at are listed on this site along with their respective core questions.

Room for Debate

In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. Reader comments are moderated Monday through Friday.

The Top 10 Debates of 2016

If reaction is what makes a good debate, here are the 10 Room for Debate discussions that got the most readers to weigh in with their comments.

Year-End Roundup, 2016-17 | Questions for Writing and Discussion

179 questions the New York Times has asked students- between September 2016 and June 2017-all still open to comment by any student 13 or older. Each question is based on and linked to articles, videos and images from The New York Times, and each Times article is accessible without a digital subscription.

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