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Research Paper Topics for Middle School

Puja Lalwani Aug 4, 2020
In this story, you will find a variety of research paper topics for middle school that you can choose from and write on, provided you have been given the freedom of choosing your own topic.
It is during middle school that you are asked to write a research paper to open up your mind to a whole new world that exists beyond what you see. You learn more about the things you are interested in, things you wanted to know more about, things that allow you to think creatively rather than follow what you are told in school.
As such, when it comes to choosing a topic, the first thing you are asked to do is write on a subject you are interested in, and something you know at least a little about. Your understanding of the subject will also reflect in your paper. In simple terms, if you understand your topic, your readers definitely will.
This can be a great start, and once you have decided on a title, your work is half done. If you find yourself having trouble choosing one, here is a list research paper topics for middle school from different fields that you can choose from.

Choosing a Topic

You have already been told that your interest in and understanding of a subject is very important for you to be able to write your paper well. Apart from these important points, there are some other things that you should be keeping in mind. These have been mentioned here
  • Choose not only a topic that you understand, but that is creative. Find out what others are writing about and try to do something different so that it stands out among the rest of the papers.
  • Not only should the topic be interesting, it should also be close to your heart. This will make you conduct proper research, because you yourself will want to learn more about the subject and present it to your readers.
  • Your paper should not be too long so that it bores your readers, but it should not be too short either so that it leaves important questions unanswered.
  • Always consult your teacher about the topic you have chosen, and ask for any help you may need with researching or writing on the subject. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
With these simple tips in mind, here's a look into some interesting topics under different subjects.
  • Emergence of Third World Nations: Have these nations moved past their third world status yet?
  • Biography of a Legend: Choose an icon from any field (e.g. Boxing - Muhammad Ali, Films - Elizabeth Taylor, Literature - William Shakespeare, History - Thomas Jefferson, etc.)
    Tip: Talk about lesser known people and bring them into the limelight.
  • Stages of Human Evolution: A study of the evolution from ape to human.
  • The Rise of Feminism: Does feminism still exist?
  • Popular Female World Leaders: How did women shape the countries they ruled?
  • The Benefits of Recycling: Should recycling be mandatory?
  • The Power of a Tsunami: What causes a tsunami?
  • Dolphin Communication: How do dolphins communicate?
  • Aroma makes Food more Flavorful: What is the connection between smell and taste?
  • Children and Healthy Eating: How healthy is the food children eat? Are children only consuming unhealthy school lunches?
Human Interests
  • Why Hobbies are Important: The effect of hobbies on personality development.
  • Education Specialization at a Young Age: Should students be able to choose what they want to study at a younger age?
  • The Rising Popularity of Vegetarianism: Why is everyone becoming a vegetarian?
  • How Peer Pressure Affects Us: The positive and negative impact of peer pressure.
  • Using Cell Phones in School: Should cell phones be banned in schools?
Media and Literature
  • Underlying Themes in Roald Dahl's Books: Comparison of three works of Roald Dahl, a popular author of children's fiction.
  • Learning from Animation Movies: Do animation movies also impart wisdom?
  • Making a Career in Music: Are parents ready to accept such a career choice?
  • Advertising for Children: Does it work? What is the impact of advertising on children?
  • The Harry Potter Mania: Will other fantasy books ever live up to the mania created by the Harry Potter series?
You can either choose from the above list, or twist these a little to include the kind of research you want to conduct. As mentioned earlier, for any queries, don't feel hesitant to ask for help. It will eventually help you come up with a brilliant research paper. Good luck!