A List Of Good Research Topics For Middle School Students


Middle school students are just different than other ages. They want to know who they are, where they are going, and what they will do when they get there. They are brave and shy; smart and silly; and inquisitive and lethargic all at t he same time. They change from day to day as they move through this journey of self-discovery. The topics that are best for their papers involve self-discovery and attainment. Some good topics might be:

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      How Bill Gate became the man he is
      Concussions and the professional athlete
      How to obtain your goals and not lose yourself
      A hero that isn’t a sports’ star
      15 ways to go green
      How I am different
      My best friend
      My favorite novel character
      One Direction and how it change history
      My favorite dystopian novel
      Pets and the magic they create
      What I will do differently next year
      My special talent
      How I am like a famous person
      My favorite pop singer
      The song that changed the world
      How I help my community
      My neighbor and the history of it
      How my ancestors arrived at Ellis/Angel Island
      The History of the United States Marine Corps
      The greatest military general who ever lived
      Code Talkers and how they won the war
      The Trail of Tears and the united States shame
      A great man with a greater flaw
      What the first female president has to be like in order to win the election
      The Bush Family Dynasty
      The Kennedy’s and Politics
      Why I want tot ravel to the moon
      The men of NASA
      The Challenger explosion
      The history of Jim Crow laws
      Ida B. Wells and the path she forged

All of these topics require an exploration that can ultimately help the student to discover something about his or herself. The child has to research the topic or person and then see what made that person or event so important. In the process the child will be able to pinpoint characteristics that they find good and bad. These topics are perfect for a middle school research paper.

The children this age will still have a thesis statement, an outline, a works cited, in text citations, and all the components of a regular research paper. The length and requirements may be less, but the format will be the same in order for the children to build a strong foundation.