A persuasive essay is one of the most popular homework assignments, because it deals with your ability to persuade the reader of your point of view - a skill which is indispensable virtually in every sphere of life. The main idea of a persuasive essay is to convince the reader to take your side of the problem and share your view. You may be given the topic straight away by your professor, or you may be free to choose the topic yourself. If the latter is the case, the topic needs to be chosen based on its depth and controversial nature. For example, you may want to persuade the reader that you love apples, but is there really a point for doing that? And how many arguments can you really provide in favor of apples? And, most importantly, how many people strongly disagree that apples are good for you? Some good topics for a persuasive essay are: gender rights, universal education, abortion, euthanasia, drinking alcohol and so on. The multiple topics may be found, for example, in the dissertation abstracts international database. Writing a good persuasive essay is not an easy task, however, it is achievable.