A list of 30 different topics students may do their research paper on. Some of the topics are very controversial (gun control, abortion, immigration, etc), but since this is a RESEARCH paper, students enjoy the controversial topics because it allows them to tell their point of view and back it up with evidence!
Other topics are generic and fun colleges, decades, health impairments, etc and are great for lower-level students or students that do not want to write on something that may be too controversial for them.
Using this list, students must pick a topic and formulate a question they will answer in their research paper. My students loved it because it gave them freedom to write about something they were passionate about or interested in.