A List Of Good Research Paper Topics For 8th Graders


Research papers can be one of the first really rewarding papers a students will write: often times they can choose a topic they are interested in or passionate about, they can delve into researching it, and they can learn a lot about it.

When choosing a topic, there are several things to keep in mind. First, you want to choose a topic that you will be able to find credible sources on. While websites like Wikipedia may be helpful in starting your research and learning the basics about a subject, it isn’t a source that you can cite in your paper. So you’ll want to make sure that there are books, studies, or news articles on the topic you are interested in. Next, you’ll want to makes sure that the subject is narrow enough, or that you’ve narrowed it down enough, to fit the length of the paper you’ve been assigned. A good strategy for this is to focus on just one part of the topic, or just one time period.

But choosing a topic can be a challenge for many students. So use this list of good research paper topics for 8th graders to get started:

  1. 1. The factors that led to ending apartheid in South Africa
  2. 2. The laws of physics that have contributed to the design of skateboards
  3. 3. Major turning points in the history of your favorite sports team
  4. 4. The history of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees
  5. 5. The history of a top fashion magazine
  6. 6. The life of the author of your favorite book
  7. 7. Profiles of civil rights leaders in America
  8. 8. The differences between the civil rights movement in America and Europe
  9. 9. How monarchies have changed in the past 200 years
  10. 10. The musical influences of your favorite band
  11. 11. The history of your hometown
  12. 12. The life of someone famous from your state
  13. 13. How the rules of your favorite sport have changed over t
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  15. 14. The history of the country your ancestors came from
  16. 15. The history of expeditions on Mt. Everest
  17. 16. The lifecycle and ecology of your favorite animal
  18. 17. The most successful college football programs and coaches
  19. 18. A history of the American and National baseball leagues
  20. 19. The Native American tribes that once lived in your area
  21. 20. How plate tectonics work