Writing Prompts

Having students respond to writing prompts daily or on a regular basis helps build writing stamina and improves writing skills.

One writing prompt resource I love to use is Visual Writing Prompts.  This website incorporates a quote, thought, or question with an image for students to respond with writing.  You can search the website by genre, grade or subject.

If displaying a prompt with an image is not an option or something you prefer, here are some prompts I have used with secondary students (both middle and high school).  Modify as you see fit!

  • Which class does this school not offer that you wish it had? Explain why this class would be beneficial to students and the school.
  • If you had three wishes, what would you wish would happen?  (No wishes for more wishes).
  • What would you do if you were lost on a deserted island?
  • There’s a saying, “Finders keepers.  Losers weepers.”  If you found $100,000, would you return it or do you agree with the saying?  Explain what actions you would take.
  • What is your most memorable childhood memory?
  • What do you do to deal with stress?  Explain how you conquer it.
  • Write about a time you or someone you know overcame an obstacle.
  • Who is your favorite musical artist or group?  What is your favorite song by this artist or group and what is special about the music?
  • Should people keep it real and not wear fake hair, fingernails or get plastic surgery or it is okay to enhance yourself to look like you want to look?
  • Adults claim the youth are on social media too much and are disconnected from the real world.  Do you agree or disagree?  Explain.
  • Which animal is unnecessary?  If you had the power to make one animal disappear from existence, which animal would it be?
  • How do you deal with betrayal?  Is it possible to fully trust someone again if he or she betrayed you?
  • If you could give the entire human race a super power, what would it be and why?
  • If you could meet a relative who died before you were born, who would it be?  Explain.
  • Which holiday or annual celebration do you enjoy most?
  • Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
  • Describe where you would like to go for a school learning trip and what you would like to learn and/or explore.
  • If you could instantly master a skill, what would it be and how would it benefit you?
  • If it were possible for you to travel into the future for 24 hours, how far into the future would you go and what would you like to learn?
  • What is one lesson about life you have learned from the people who raised you?
  • Describe something that really drives you crazy.
  • How much value do you put into your reputation?  What have you done to maintain or change your reputation?