Let’s cut to the chase. You have to write an informative essay. You pretty much know how to write one, but you’ve been staring blankly out the window because you can’t think of anything to write about.
Am I right?
Regardless of whether you’ve been staring out the window or avoiding the task at hand by endlessly updating your Facebook page, you need to get writing…and fast.
Lucky for you, you’ve found your way to the right place. I have 21 informative essay topics to help get your essay started.
What Is an Informative Essay?
I’m sure you can figure out that when writing an informative essay you need to inform your audience about a topic. Of course, there’s more to it than that.
You need to give your readers enough information so they fully understand what you’re writing about.
You need to assume your readers don’t know much (if anything) about your topic. This is why you’re informing them. (Makes sense, right?)
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re into skateboarding, and you’re trying to tell a friend all about it. You can’t just start using terms like dropping in, heel-flips, and half-pipes.
You need to explain the lingo and provide enough information so your friend actually understands the words you’re using!
The same is true for an informative essay.
Readers should learn something by reading your essay, so your goal is to provide interesting and informative content in understandable terms (just like I’m doing here!)
How Do I Choose Good Informative Essay Topics?
A good informative essay topic is a topic that isn’t too broad (like the meaning of life) or too narrow (like the best place to take a nap on campus).
A good informative essay topic needs to be interesting to both you and your audience.
Remember, the history of the universe might be interesting to you, but not necessarily to your audience. In this case, it’s your job to make it interesting by engaging your audience.
One final note about choosing informative essay topics:check your assignment guidelines!
If you need to do some research about the topic (and maybe cite your sources in MLA or APA format), then you most certainly need to get researching.
Okay, now that you have the basics about how to choose an informative essay topic, let’s dig into some great ideas! Check out these 21 topics to get your paper started. For some topics, I’ve linked to example essays to help you even more.
21 Informative Essay Topics to Inform Your Next Essay
1. Caffeine addiction
Need a few cups of coffee or a Big Gulp to get through the day? If you’re a caffeine addict like me, think about how miserable you feel without your caffeine fix. Have you ever tried to quit and felt even worse? You might start your paper by informing readers why you live on caffeine and why you’re hooked. You might also include a discussion of how it has affected you or maybe even your struggles to break your addiction.
2. Domestic violence
Because this is such an important issue, make sure to provide readers with statistics and facts to help drive home the importance of helping prevent domestic violence and helping victims.
You might narrow this broad topic to discuss poverty in your community or a specific region. Informing people of the effects of poverty can help educate and also help people understand how to solve the problem.
4. Plastic surgery
Plastic surgery has grown in popularity in recent years, and many teens are even lining up for surgery. How young is too young to go under the knife? You might want to include a brief history of plastic surgery and why it has become so popular.
I’m guessing that, like procrastination, this is a word than most students can relate to. Especially if your audience is made of fellow students, an essay explaining how to beat stress will be both informative and useful.
This is something most students can relate to. If you decide to inform readers about procrastination, you might try a more unconventional approach and tell your audience how procrastination can actually work to your advantage.
7. Winning the lottery
Most of us have had dreams of hitting it big, and we have a long list of ideas of how we’d spend that much money. (A new BMW is at the top of my list.) But have you ever watched those TV shows that explain how winning the lottery actually ruined someone’s life? An informative essay about winning the lottery could easily explain both the positive and negative outcomes of winning such a large sum of money.
This type of essay might focus on a historical discussion. After all, prostitution is often called the world’s oldest profession.You might also approach the topic with a discussion of the dangers of prostitution or even why it should be legalized.
Informing readers of possible causes and/or solutions to either problem is a good place to start. You might also consider focusing on various ways to treat either disorder.
10. Illegal immigration
While illegal immigration easily lends itself to a historical discussion, keep in mind that immigration is also a current topic with plenty of arguments surrounding immigrants and their status within the U.S.
Although racism can be a touchy subject, it’s important to educate your readers about both the causes and effects (and of course solutions). Because it’s such a big topic, you’ll want to narrow your paper down to a specific angle. For example, racism in the U.S. justice system or racism in schools.
For years, adults hated tattoos and rebellious teens and young adults loved them. The tide has shifted, though, and seemingly everyone has a tattoo now. What has caused this societal shift? Why are tattoos now mainstream?
The tanning industry argues that tanning beds are safe, yet doctors report that the beds are a clear link to skin cancer. Examining both sides of the issue can help your readers form their own opinions.
14. Teen Pregnancy
Some point to a lack of parental supervision as the reason behind high teen pregnancy rates. Others point to media and social pressures. Still others think TV shows, such as “Teen Mom” are actually decreasing rates of teen pregnancy. Your essay might include the reasons for teen pregnancy and discuss the current rates of teen pregnancy and possible solutions.
15. Violence on college campuses
This topic lends itself to a discussion of current violent attacks on campus and the debate on whether or not people should be allowed to openly carry firearms on campus.
Because this is such a broad topic, you might try focusing your paper on your local community and community resources. Write about why the problem of homeless exists in your community and possible solutions.
17. Childhood obesity
People point to many causes for childhood obesity, including fast-food, video games, and a lack of physical education in schools. You might focus your paper on one of these causes, or you might try to address aspects of several arguments (if you have enough time and space).
18. Prison overcrowding
Many argue that legalizing drugs is the simplest solution to overcrowding in prisons. Others argue for decreased mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses.You may also want to examine the effects of prison overcrowding on staff and inmates.
19. Music censorship
Do you love it when your favorite song comes on the radio but are ready to scream when the station plays the edited version? Should music be censored, or does censorship violate freedom of speech?
Ever try to use your debit card only to find out your account is locked because of “suspicious activity”? If so, then you certainly have a personal connection to cyber-security. Of course, your paper might also include a discussion of widespread security breaches, such as those at Target or Lowes.
21. College textbook costs
Do I need to even mention how ridiculously expensive textbooks are today? Explaining how to save money by using open-source texts and online textbook rental websites would make for a very informative essay.
Putting It All Together
Like a mad scientist who throws a dash of this and a pinch of that together to create some evil concoction, now’s that you’ve chosen your topic from these informative essay topics, it’s time to throw in the other ingredients to create your genius essay.
Add a dash of introduction, a clear thesis statement, a few good hook sentences, a healthy portion of information about your topic, and a pinch of conclusion, and you’ve got a recipe for a killer informative essay!
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Informational Writing Prompts to Help Students Learn About the World Around Us
A journal isn’t just a safe place for a student to reflect on his or her thoughts and feelings—it can also be a powerful tool that enables the student to learn more about what’s happening in the world around us.Whether a student has already learned about a given topic or has to research it in order to find the answer to a question, journaling encourages kids to pay attention to important details and to explore the “why” behind the facts they’ve been taught.
In these all new informational writing prompts, students are encouraged to research the topics presented and to form their own thoughts and reflections based on the facts they’ve learned.As they consider everything from what it would be like to experience an earthquake to the issues that parents must deal with to run functional households, kids will learn that seemingly simple experiences in life are always a little more complex than they may look from the outside—and that it’s important to examine each experience from all sides before deciding how you feel about it.
Use these new informational writing prompts to expose your students to new ideas and new ways of thinking about the everyday events going on around them!
30 Informational Writing Prompts for Students
- In the autumn, the green leaves on the trees change to a variety of different colors. What causes this to happen?
- Think about the fact that newspapers are becoming less popular these days and write about what places people get their current events news from instead.
- If you could meet any famous person in the world, who would it be and what would you want to talk to them about?
- What would it be like to live in one of the coldest cities in the world?
- What would it be like to experience an earthquake?
- Why are firefighters and police officers often called heroes?
- What are some measures that kids can take to be safe on the Internet?
- What hobby can you think of that would make a good occupation when you grow up?
- Think about all the steps that might be involved in getting a bag of shiny, red apples into a produce display at the grocery store.Write about the process from the point the apples become ripe on the tree, through the processing of the apples (How do they get so shiny? How do they get in the bag?), through to the grocery display.
- What do you think it would be like to be the head of a family?What kinds of issues must you deal with as a parent?
- What do you think the most enjoyable part of being a parent would be?Do you think your parents would agree with your answer?
- Talk about some ways that you could make your own diet healthier.
- Think about one small business and one large corporation, and write about the differences and similarities between them.
- Write about the responsibilities that a store manager might have.
- Write about why it is important to take care of and preserve our environment around us.
- Write about the steps that you, personally, can take to preserve the environment.
- What causes the clouds to become gray and drop rain down upon us?
- Reflect on why it’s important to be kind to animals and write about the reasons you come up with.
- Think about how your life would be different without computers and write about it.
- Think of one major problem that is facing our world today.What steps could be taken to solve it?How long do you think it would take to solve the problem?
- Write about a time when you noticed two people arguing about something and were able to understand where both people were coming from.Why couldn’t the people in the argument see the other person’s side?What could have been done to make them understand one another better?
- Why is it important for people to learn more than one language?If could learn any other language, what would it be and when would you use it?
- In our part of the country, sometimes we have to worry about [earthquakes/tornadoes/hurricanes/etc.].What do you think it would be like to live in an area of the country where there were [earthquakes/tornadoes/hurricanes/etc.]?
- Some people are currently working on a way for regular tourists to be able to visit space.Would you ever want to visit space?Why or why not?
- Write about one type of technology that didn’t exist 15 years ago.What do you think life would have been like then?
- Imagine a new technology that you think we will have 15 years from now.How would that new innovation change our lives?
- Why is it so important for kids to go to elementary school and high school?Do you think that school should be required by law?
- Do you think that it’s important for people to go to college?Why or why not?Do you want to go to college?
- People often feel very strongly about their political views and the political candidates they support.Why do you think this is?
- Write about a current event that’s going on in our city.What is the significance of this event?Write about the effects it will have on people in our community.
Until next time, write on…