The Most Common Bad Essay Topics You Should Avoid

If you are tasked with writing an essay, you should know which topics to avoid. There are good topics and there are bad topics. Good topics are those which are unique, those which other students have not written about, or not taken the same perspective on, and those for which you have a deep passion. A bad topic is something that you don't really care about, something that is boring and commonly accepted as truth which means that your argument will be bland, or something that doesn't have any logic or flow to it.

  1. A bad essay topic might also be something that is far too broad or far too narrow to be covered in the span that you have. If you have been assigned a five page essay and you try to cover the causes of the Civil War as your topic that is clearly a bad topic because there are far too many Causes of the Civil War for you to cover in just five pages.
  2. It bad essay topic is anything that indicates the only research you did was on Wikipedia, something that is redundant and repeats the same thing over and over, but descriptive essay about something disgusting , or an essay that is so poorly written it's obvious to your teacher that you paid for it online.

On another note, there are conventional topics that you might want to avoid simply because an extremist viewpoint of them can cause a serious debate among your class mates. Topics such as:

  • Racism
  • Gun control
  • Abortion
  • Gay marriage
  • Immigration
  • Feminism

These are not necessarily bad topics, but extremist viewpoints might be wildly unpopular and offensive. You can write on such topics so long as you do not call for violence, make inappropriate comments, suggest that any of the groups you are talking about should be grateful for being allowed to do something, or including any stereotypes. If you avoid things like this and write in good taste, if you can cover any controversial topic that you want.

If you are unsure as to whether or not your topic is considered a bad one, you can always run your topic by your teacher before you start writing. The earlier you start thinking up a topic, the sooner you can ask your teacher whether or not it is acceptable, and the sooner you can begin on your project. If you wait till the last minute to ask your teacher whether or not your topics is acceptable, they might not be available to lend a hand.


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