As we kickoff 2018, the media is already reporting upon key issues that will define the new year. These issues include women's rights, sexual harassment, DACA, the tax code, healthcare, unions, prescription drug abuse, cryptocurrency, and many others. As secondary English teachers, an important role we play in educating our students is to involve them in thinking through these issues to formulate sound opinions and support their ideas with valid evidence. After all, our students are our future leaders who will be participating in what our world will become. As teachers, we serve a crucial role in shaping their ability to think critically and harness language to affect change.
The following list contains FIVE argumentative and persuasive essay topics to use with our students in order to get them interacting with key issues facing our nation this year.
1. DACA & DREAMERS
One of the key issues facing the U.S. Congress during the first part of this year is whether or not to deport the so-called "Dreamers." The Dreamers are made up of individuals who were brought into this country illegally as minors. President Trump has repealed DACA which provided protection for this group of individuals, but the question still remains if, when, and how this group of people will be affected by the legislation yet to come.
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